Are these the ‘boring’ fields you’d build on, minister?
RIDENTS and politicians in Notts have hit back after a Government Minister suggested councils might have to allow building on “uninteresting” green fields.
The claim by Planning Minister Nick Boles came in response to Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry’s letter to Secretary of State Eric Pickles asking him to give assurances that the Green Belt will be protected from housing developments.
Mr Boles said planners must accept that developments could go ahead on “environmentally uninteresting” green spaces.
Beauty spots including Field Farm in Stapleford; Sharphill Woods, Edwalton; and land east of Gamston, are among a number of sites earmarked for new housing.
Green Belt campaigners said Mr Boles’ comments were “ridiculous”.
Malcolm Baker, chairman of the Rushcliffe Residents’ Association, said: “Once the Government have got their foot in the door they are unstoppable.”
Green Party councillor for Lady Bay, Richard Mallender, said: “It is a very silly thing to say and a ridiculous stance to take.”
By Ben Ireland