Government ‘calls in’ plan for 450 homes

NEAABE100723c2, New Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry in her new constituency office at Barton house, Chillwell.
NEAABE100723c2, New Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry in her new constituency office at Barton house, Chillwell.
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A public inquiry has been called into plans to build 450 homes on greenbelt land in Stapleford.

Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry said she was ‘extremely pleased’ that Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has decided to call in the controversial plan for Field Farm.

“This does not mean we have won the battle to save Field Farm,” warned the Conservative MP.

“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.”

She thanked Stapleford and Trowell Rural Action Group (STRAG) and their supporters for joining her in opposing the scheme.

Broxtowe Borough Council approved the plans by Westerman Homes in April but because the site lies in greenbelt, it had to be signed off by the Government.

Ms Soubry has been battling the council’s plan to build more than 6,000 homes in the borough in the next 15 years because there is not enough non-greenbelt land to accommodate such a figure.