Anna Soubry MP secures debate on future of Broxtowe’s Green Belt

Broxtowe MP, Anna Soubry has secured a debate in Parliament about the double threat to Green Belt land in the constituency on Friday July 13th.

“We have UK Coal’s application for an opencast mine on Green Belt land between Trowell and Cossall and the Borough Council’s plans to allow thousands of houses to be built on our Green Belt land” said Anna “these twin proposals represent a serious and continuing threat to what little Green Belt land we have left in Broxtowe. I specifically want to determine the conflict between Government policy which is that Green Belt land should not be developed except in exceptional circumstances and the claims of Labour and Li Dem Councillors that they are acting on the advice of Government Planning Inspectors. We need to get to the bottom of this especially as we are in the middle of a public consultation on the Borough Council’s Core Strategy. This document puts forward Green Belt land at Stapleford as ripe for development; it identifies other pieces of Green Belt land as suitable for development but fails to say where 1,800 houses are to go. Broxtowe continues to accept a housing target of 6,150 houses despite the fact that we only have enough non Green Belt land for 3,000- 3,500 homes. This flies in the face of Government policy which is to protect our Green Belt from development and we need clarity before the consultation ends on July 23rd and before there is an application for 800 houses on Green Belt land at Toton”.

The half hour debate in the House of Commons will be attended by a Government Minister. Meanwhile there are public meetings at Greasley Parish Hall at 7.30pm on Thursday July 12th and at the Greenwood Centre in Toton on Sunday July 15th at 2.30.