Residents have launched a full scale fight against plans to build 14 new flats on the edge of a Stapleford Park.
The Stapleford Community Group are collecting signatures calling for Broxtowe Borough Council to throw out the application for 14 housing association flats at the edge of the Hickings Lane Recreation Ground.
Local councillor and chairman of the Stapleford Community Group, Richard Macrae, told the Advertiser: “You can’t just come along and build 14 flats six foot away from the edge of a kids’ football pitch.
“Teams play there every week and the area of the park where they want to build is always being used.
“They’re building on Field Farm which is Greenbelt as well as other protected areas.
“There’s plenty of derelict sites that actually need developing – build these flats there instead.
“If it is allowed to go ahead where will it end?”
Members of the group have set up an online petition and were out in force on Saturday collecting signatures from shoppers in Stapleford town centre.
Emme Shaw, who signed the online petition, commented: “I exercise my dog on this park and my children come along and play football, there are plenty of derelict sites that can be built on without using such lovely park land.”
Zoe Cockcroft added: “This park is used by many residents of all ages and is an invaluable amenity for the community.
“Developing brown field sites must come before taking away the green open spaces.”
A spokesman for Broxtowe Borough Council said that the proposal area was considered ‘unusable’ for pitches and added: “None of the facilities in the recreation ground will be lost, nor will the development create a problem whereby any pitch would be unplayable.”
People can sign the online petition by visiting change.org and searching for Hickings Lane.
View the planning application by visiting broxtowe.gov.uk and searching the planning section using reference number 14/00346/FUL.
Consultation runs until July 8.