VIDEO: 1,000 say no to Field Farm

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A petition of more than 1,000 signatures has been handed to MP Anna Soubry against plans to build 450 homes on greenbelt.

More than 150 people packed out the Jaguar pub in Stapleford on Saturday to hear updates on the fight against the plans by Westerman Homes for the Field Farm site, cherished by townsfolk.

Broxotwe MP Anna Soubry accepts a petition of more than 1,000 signatures against the Field Farm development from Richar Macrae and Zoe Cockroft of STRAG. Also pictured is Cllr Stan Heptinstall of Broxtowe Borough Council.

Broxotwe MP Anna Soubry accepts a petition of more than 1,000 signatures against the Field Farm development from Richar Macrae and Zoe Cockroft of STRAG. Also pictured is Cllr Stan Heptinstall of Broxtowe Borough Council.

Speakers, including members of Stapleford and Trowell Rural Action Group (STRAG) and the Broxtowe MP urged residents to make their views about the site known to the council before the plan is voted on by councillors, expected soon.

It is feared that the development on greenbelt land could ‘open the door’ to hundreds of houses being built on Trowell Moor in the future.

Tory MP Ms Soubry has previously blasted the Labour-Liberal Democrat Broxtowe Borough Council for accepting a housing target of 6,150 homes to be built in the next 15 years, which she says is too high.

“I take the very firm view that they have not looked at this borough’s housing needs,” she said.

“Greenbelt land should not be built on except in exceptional circumstances and in my view in this borough, that doesn’t exist.”

The only councillor from Broxtowe’s coalition to appear at the meeting was Cllr Stan Heptinstall.

He said: “I have to look at the big picture for the future sustainability of our area, our jobs, our facilities and our grandchildren.”

Residents have until the application is voted on to submit comments about the development to the council.

Ms Soubry said she will now present the petition to the House of Commons.