Heated debate over housing

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VILLAGERS came out in force against plans to build 450 homes on land between Trowell and Stapleford this weekend.

About 150 opponents to the plan by W. Westerman to develop Field Farm turned out to a public meeting organised by the Stapleford and Trowell Action Group (STRAG) on Saturday.

Jennie Phillips from the group said that the meeting in the Jaguar pub, Stapleford, showed the ‘strength of support’ in the area against the plan.

But she urged residents to have their say.

“We need to tell our councillors to start listening to us.

“They should be acting on our behalf.”

She said opponents to the plan need to write to Broxtowe Borough Council by this Tuesday.

Residents at the meeting attacked the plans.

One said: “Sixty per cent of the houses are four or five bedrooms.

“Who around here is going to be buying those houses?

“It’s of no benefit to the community at all.”

The council has identified pieces of land throughout the borough where they can site the 6,000 houses they say they need to build within the next two decades.

Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry who has spoken out against the plans, said she was hopeful that, as in Toton last year, public opposition to losing the borough’s greenbelt could change councillors’ minds.

“After the meeting in Toton you took the site off your list of preferred sites,” she said, addressing councillors, who were at the meeting.

“The people don’t want this land handed over to the developers.”

She told residents: “My anger is I don’t think you have been properly informed.”

But Cllr Brian Wombwell said: “I think you are being told what you want to hear.”

He added: “We need to find space for 500,000 houses in this country.

“But there isn’t enough brownfield land in this country.”