Town fights homes plan

A STAPLEFORD councillor has put his weight behind the fight to stop more than 100 houses being built in Trowell village.

Up to 450 homes could be built on the Field Farm estate between the two settlements, with a third of them in Trowell, after Broxtowe Borough Council earmarked the area for development.

Cllr Brian Wombwell, a Nottinghamshire, Broxtowe and town councillor for Stapleford, said under no circumstances would he want to see the town ‘merged’ with Stapleford.

And he agrees with Trowell councillor Ken Rigby that they face a battle to maintain their individual identities under the proposals for the land, which is owned by developer Westerman Homes.

Cllr Wombwell said: “No matter how much people object, the Government has got to allocate a certain amount of housing.

“If we don’t allocate areas, the developers will pick places and if we object, they will win on appeal.”

Under the Localism Bill, set to be made law later this year, councils in the ‘Greater Nottingham Area’, including Broxtowe, Erewash, and Gedling, have been required by the Government to decide on their own housing needs.

The previous Labour administration’s figures for the whole area, including Nottingham city, have been scrapped.

“Personally I wouldn’t like to see Field Farm built on but we have to build somewhere,” said Cllr Wombwell.

“But Ken and I both agree that we want Stapleford to be separate from Trowell so the two communities can maintain their individuality.”

Broxtowe Borough Council has said it needs 6,100 new houses by 2028 – 450 of which are earmarked for Field Farm between the two settlements.

Erewash Borough Council has said it needs to build 6,200 homes by 2028, with up to 3,000 of those proposed for the former Stanton Ironworks site.

The plans for Trowell will be discussed at Cllr Ken Rigby’s publc discussion forum at the village hall on September 14.

A public consultation on Broxtowe’s proposals is now running until October 3 and final decisions will be made in January next year. Visit broxtowe.gov.uk/corestrategy.