STRAG’s response to ‘Build on boring fields’
Please find below our response to the article published by the Daily Telegraph last Friday on housing policy (
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/greenpolitics/planning/10135739/Build-on-boring-fields-says-minister.html), which we sent to various press contacts:
“Low quality, environmentally uninteresting fields” certainly isn’t a qualification which applies to Field Farm. The site comprises good quality (Grade 2 and Grade 3a) agricultural land as well as woodland connecting Nottingham city (Wollaton Park) with the open countryside, forming a unique ecological corridor. It is immediately adjacent to Stapleford Hill Local Nature Reserve which, if the site was developed as currently proposed, would become an island and be doomed to a fast decline of its biodiversity. We are awaiting the Decision of the Department for Communities and Local Government on whether to call a public enquiry on the outline planning permission for this site, in order to give it a fair and equal treatment with respect to future sites to be discussed within the next steps of the Core Strategy. We have been advocating that it may be less damaging to build on the less valuable areas of several green belt sites than to sacrifice without discrimination such a large area highly valued by the local community as well as people from all over Nottingham.
See also for reference the article in today’s Nottingham Post, which quotes part of our statement: http://www.nottinghampost.com/Intolerable-situation-demand-homes/story-19375153-detail/story.html
on behalf of STRAG
Stapleford & Trowell Rural Action Group