Last minute protest against greenbelt site plans

Bramcote rally against homes.
Bramcote rally against homes.
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A group of about 50 protesters gathered at a busy junction this weekend to oppose plans to build 450 homes on greenbelt between Stapleford and Trowell.

By the time the Advertiser reaches the shops the fate of Field Farm will have been sealed by councillors at a Broxtowe Borough Council planning meeting on Wednesday night.

Bramcote rally against homes.

Bramcote rally against homes.

Despite it having been fiercely opposed by neighbours, planners have recommended that the plan by Chilwell-based Westermans Homes is granted permission.

One of the protestors, Zoe Cockcroft, who belongs to pressure group Stapleford and Trowell Rural Action Group (STRAG), was at the protests at the Sherwin roundabout off the A52, next to the site on Saturday.

She said traffic was on of the main concerns, especially if a 1,950-home development goes ahead at Stanton Ironworks, but also the loss of a beloved green space.

“STRAG is very dissatisfied about the planning process,” she added.

“The consultation of the public has been insufficient – no public meeting organised with the developers, poor advertisement and timing of the consultation phases.

“And the objections have not been properly taken into account. Alternatives have not been sufficiently assessed.

“There are many brownfield sites in the Borough which are available for housing development or will become so shortly.”

Broxtowe has said it needs to build about 6,000 homes in the next 15 years, many of which it say will have to be built on greenbelt sites like Field Farm.