Field Farm: Council rubber stamps plans for 450 new Stapleford homes
THE construction of hundreds of homes on greenbelt land has taken a step closer.
Broxtowe Borough Council has now given basic permission for 450 houses to be built on Field Farm in Stapleford.
The news has upset local residents and campaigners who have been battling to save the land from the diggers.
Donna Mather has lived opposite the site in Ilkeston Road since 1997.
The 48-year-old said: “It is a beautiful area and if you have kids it is a great place to go for a walk.
“I think it is disgusting that they want to build on greenbelt when there are other alternatives.
“We are still going to fight to stop it and do what we can.”
It is thought that the development will affect the whole town.
Beaver scout leader Carol Wheatley of Kennedy Drive, Stapleford, said: “If they are going to build that many houses we are going to need better infrastructure.
“There will be huge problems with traffic because each home will have one or two cars.
“Every time a piece of green land comes up they try to build on it and it shouldn’t be that way.”
A detailed planning application will be submitted to the council at a later date.
The Stapleford and Trowell Rural Action Group have been campaigning to save the site.
Chairman Zoe Cockcroft said: “It is not a surprise this has happened but we are still disappointed.
“We have things turning in other circles but they have not been finalised yet.
“This is a sad day for the biodiversity of Nottinghamshire and its residents’ quality of living.”
The development by Westerman Homes was originally called in by secretary of state for communities and local government, Eric Pickles, but it was decided that the decision should be made locally.
Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry has also opposed the development.
She said:No one has told Broxtowe Borough Council what to do they have done this themselves and the blame lies at the doors of everyone who voted it through.
“Brownfield sites should have been built on first before even looking to the greenbelt.
“It is a great shame that the councillors have not represented the views of the people on this.”
Councillor Milan Radulovic, leader of Broxtowe Borough Council, said:“We have protected the site for 10 years which is longer than I thought we would be able to do.
“The site will be 50 per cent housing and 50 per sent open space.
“The secretary of state has said that this is not a decision for him and that was the right decision.”