‘Core Strategy’ provides blueprint for the future

Bramcote rally against homes.
Bramcote rally against homes.

The fight against controversial plans for 450 houses on Greenbelt land in Stapleford will continue despite the proposal taking a big step forward.

Following a public examination by independent planning inspector Jill Kingaby, the ‘Core Strategies’ setting out development proposals for the next 15 years in Broxtowe, Gedling and Nottingham have been declared “sound”.

The news is a blow to those who have protested against plans for a housing development on land at Field Farm land, north Stapleford, which is included in the strategy and was not questioned under the inspection.

But Stapleford and Trowell Rural Action Group (STRAG) said the declaration will not stop their endeavours to try and halt the plans.

STRAG secretary Nathalie Morelle said: “There may be legal challenges, or the Secretary of State may still support a detailed enquiry.

“This isn’t the final word.”

Also disappointed is Tory MP Anna Soubry, who presented a petition of more than 1,000 signatures against the development to the House of Commons in 2012.

“Broxtowe Borough Council has asked us to stop protesting, which I think is shorthand for ‘shut up’,” she said.

“Er no, this is an issue which will not go away and I for one will take this to the very top of Government whatever the consequences.”

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

Ms Soubry: “Legal challenges are being considered and I shall certainly be raising this again.”