Public meeting for residents to find out more about 450-home development
A housing developer granted outline planning permission to build 450 homes on green belt land will hear residents’ concerns about what will happen to a wildlife corridor on the site and plans for traffic-handling.
Westerman Homes, in Chilwell, was granted basic planning permission from Broxtowe Borough Council for the development at Field Farm, off Ilkeston Road, Stapleford, in November.
This followed a previous planning decision being called in by Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, due to concerns over the use of green belt land.
Now Westerman, along with Cedra Planning, is inviting locals to a drop-in event to discuss detailed proposals on the scheme.
The Stapleford and Trowell Rural Action Group had campaigned to save the site.
Chairman Zoe Cockcroft said: “We are disappointed that the council allowed the outline planning application against everything we had been trying to fight for over the last few years. But we have to work with what the Inspectorate decided.
“If it means development, then surely the extent of that development and what actually goes on it is very important, considering that every householder there will have to use cars, and it’s not connected to the tram, railway
or a decent bus service.”
The council had previously said the scheme would involve 50 per cent housing and 50 per cent green space.
Ms Cockcroft, of Stapleford, added that she wants to see the wildlife corridor at the site protected from high-density housing, but she was pleased that Westerman had agreed to hold the event.
Councillor Richard MacRae, who represents Stapleford on Broxtowe Borough Council, is urging as many residents as possible to attend the meeting.
Councillor MacRae said: “I want to encourage people from Stapleford to go along to the consultation and have a look at the plans and make comments.”
A Broxtowe Borough Council spokeswoman said: “The next stage is for a revised matters application to be submitted which would address things like appearance and layout. We have not had anything submitted yet.”
Westerman were unavailable for comment.
The meeting will take place from 3pm-7pm on Tuesday, September 15 at the old council chambers at Beeston Town Hall, in Foster Avenue, Beeston.