Anna Soubry has asked Councillors to protect the green belt and abandon Broxtowe’s housing target

In her letter Anna Soubry said ” You may know my own view and I believe it is shared by many of the people I represent, that Broxtowe needs to maintain and continue to protect its green belt land. I think the decision which in effect gives the green light to development on Field Farm and on the fields between Toton and Stapleford, before consulting with the people in those communities and at the same time as setting a target figure, was most unfortunate. The Localism Bill gives Councils like Broxtowe the power to make their own decisions. It also allows communities to decide what development they want, if any. I do believe there is a real danger the Borough Council is denying itself and its residents the opportunity provided by the Localism Bill to determine its own development.” Anna has spoken to the Secretary of State, Eric Pickles who agrees Broxtowe should not accept a target before consulting with people. On Monday he told the House of Commons ” the green belt will be protected under this coalition Government, unlike under the previous Labour Government, who promised to build on it.”