Minister is quizzed over housing plans

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A COUNCILLOR went to Westminster this week to lobby the Government over controversial housing plans, which could result in 450 homes being built between Trowell and Stapleford.

Cllr David Watts, Broxtowe Borough Council’s cabinet member for economy and regeneration, met with Communities Minister Andrew Stunnell on Thursday to ask him what takes priority – housing numbers or protecting greenbelt land.

“If he says the greenbelt takes priority, then Field Farm is dead in the water,” he said after the meeting.

“If he says building houses takes priority we know where we stand and we can be up-front with people.”

Although he said there was no straight answer from Mr Stunnell, there will be the publication of a new national planning policy framework by the end of March.

“What I have said is I don’t think we should make any decision until we have seen that,” said the Liberal Democrat councillor.

“But he did say we will be pleased when we see the final draft so we will have to wait for that.”

Two weeks ago 150 residents angry at W. Westerman’s housing plans, filled the Jaguar pub in Stapleford for a public meeting.