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Secretary of State takes control of Field Farm plan

30th July 2013 Nottingham Evening Post, Stapleford & Trowell Rural Action Group (STRAG) Tags: , , , , 0 Comments

A PUBLIC inquiry into a controversial housing development has been ordered.

Broxtowe Borough Council gave permission in April for Westerman Homes to build 450 homes on green-belt land at Field Farm, Ilkeston Road, Stapleford.

This came after the council had earmarked the site for development to help it meet Government targets for 6,150 new homes in the borough by 2028.

An inquiry will be held after Secretary of State Eric Pickles “called in” the development because the plans “may conflict with national policies” such as the use of green-belt land.

A PUBLIC inquiry into a controversial housing development has been ordered.

Broxtowe Borough Council gave permission in April for Westerman Homes to build 450 homes on green-belt land at Field Farm, Ilkeston Road, Stapleford.


This came after the council had earmarked the site for development to help it meet Government targets for 6,150 new homes in the borough by 2028.

An inquiry will be held after Secretary of State Eric Pickles “called in” the development because the plans “may conflict with national policies” such as the use of green-belt land.

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The planning application and decision will be referred to his office, much to the delight of Stapleford and Trowell Rural Action Group (STRAG) which has been campaigning to save the site.

STRAG member Richard MacRae said: “I am not surprised that Eric Pickles has made this decision.

“We are all over the moon with this result and we will keep working to save the land.

“STRAG is a large group that needs to be taken seriously and we are starting to see that happen now.

“We have done a lot of protesting and petitioning to get to this stage. There will now be a STRAG meeting to see how we can take our cause further.”

In April, Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry condemned the plans, calling them out of step with local feeling. Ms Soubry added: “I had a meeting with Eric Pickles after Broxtowe’s decision and specifically asked him to call it in.

“What this means is that, very unusually, the Secretary of State has ordered a public inquiry into the future of the land.

“This decision is a result of the efforts of myself and other campaigners to save Field Farm and I would very much like to pay considerable tribute to them.

“This does not mean we have won the battle but we have at least persuaded the Secretary of State that it should be subject to a full public inquiry and not just nodded through as we very much feared.”

Councillor David Watts, Broxtowe Borough Council portfolio holder for economy and regeneration, believes the decision goes against localism. The leader of the Liberal Democrat group said: “If it’s what needs to be done, it’s what needs to be done.

“It does go against the idea of localism, where local councillors make the decisions, if someone from outside the borough has the final say.

“The borough approved the plans in April and it will be a while before an inquiry is held and a final decision made.”

Rachael Pipkin, spokeswoman for Mr Pickles, said: “The Secretary of State’s policy is to be very selective about calling in planning applications.

“He will, in general, only take this step if planning issues of more than local importance are involved.

“The Secretary of State is of the opinion that the application is one that ought to be decided by himself because the proposal may conflict with national policies.”

No one from Westerman Homes was available for comment.

Dan Russell
Nottingham Post

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