Anger as greenbelt homes get approval

Bramcote rally against homes.
Bramcote rally against homes.
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Calls of ‘shame’ from the public gallery greeted councillors’ decision to approve plans for 450 homes between Trowell and Stapleford last night (Wednesday).

The Government will now have the final say on the highly controversial plan for Field Farm, off Ilkeston Road, because it lies in the greenbelt.

Field Farm, between Stapleford and Trowell

Field Farm, between Stapleford and Trowell

During a heated debate, councillors claimed there were not enough brownfield sites in Broxtowe to accommodate more than 6,000 homes over the next 15 years, forcing them to build on greenbelt.

Zoe Cockcroft of Stapleford and Trowell Rural Action Group (STRAG) – which held a protest earlier this month – said more than 900 signatures had been gathered on a petition against the development.

And neighbour Stephen Smith, of Ilkeston Road, raised concerns about traffic: “When children get injured there, don’t anybody say, ‘I am sorry, I didn’t know’, because you do know.”

But Cllr David Watts asked: “Would you prefer high-rise flats in Beeston?”, adding: “George Osborne has told us house-building will be one of the ways out of the recession. Councils shouldn’t stand in the way of new development.”

Seven councillors –all on the Labour-Liberal Democrat leading group – voted in favour of the plan, while the five Tories on the planning committee voted against it.

After the meeting STAG member Neil Jackson said he was ‘not surprised, but very disappointed’.

“There seems to be a desire to develop greenbelt because it’s easy and more profitable,” he said.

And campaigner Richard MacRae said: “They have not listened to us. I am sure people will remember this at the elections next month.”