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‘Victory for common sense’ as 100-home retirement complex on Bramcote golf course rejected

27th July 2016 Broxtowe Borough Council, Councillor Richard MacRae, Latest News, Nottingham Evening Post Tags: , , , , 0 Comments

Residents are calling a decision to stop a 100-home retirement complex being built on a former golf club as a “victory for common sense”.

Campaigners said a “wildlife corridor”, home to pheasants, herons, sparrowhawks and squirrels, would be lost if planning permission was granted at Bramcote Hills Golf Club, off Thoresby Road.

But councillors on Broxtowe Borough Council’s planning committee voted against the plans for the over 55s complex, despite planning officers recommending proposals for approval.

Mike Johnson, from Bramcote Hills Open Space Protection Group, said: “We are very pleased. It’s a victory for common sense and has kept the wildlife corridor intact.”

He said the local community wants to work with the land owners to come up with a plan for the future of the golf club.

“We would like to see it as a nature reserve but we want to help the owners decide what to do with the course. They are entitled to do roughly what they want, as long as it’s within planning constraints.”

In a vote at Beeston Town Hall, 11 of the 13 members of the planning committee opted to vote against the Champions Gate Ltd plans.

The firm had come up with designs for bungalows, flats and assisted-living units at the seven-hectare golf course which closed in 2008.

The private land is currently closed to the public and the developers only wanted to build on 3.3 hectares of the site.

It is not in the Green Belt, but is set to become one of the protested sites in Bramcote’s ‘neighbourhood plan’, a resident-led blueprint for the future which is currently being put together.

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Mr Johnson said there are “plenty” of brownfield sites in Bramcote where a retirement complex, which he agrees is needed, could be built.

Martin Plackett, local councillor for Bramcote, said: “I’m absolutely delighted. There’s certainly space for a retirement complex in Bramcote but these hills are certainly not the right spot.”

He said around 150 residents turned up to the planning committee meeting to hear the decision.

Richard MacRae was one of the councillors that voted against the plans, on Wednesday July 20.

He said: “It [the golf club] is a vital part of the wildlife corridor that runs from the city and out towards Trowell and beyond. The result last night was a good result and I am proud to have been one of the many members who made the right decision to reject the application.”

He rued a decision in 2014 to grant planning permission to the controversial Field Farm development in his ward of Stapleford.

“It is the same wildlife corridor that Field Farm is part of and I only wish that the then planning committee members had listened to the views of those who were against that being destroyed for development,” added Councillor MacRae.

By Ben Ireland, Nottingham Post 

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