Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry has condemned Broxtowe Borough Council for ignoring advice and sacrificing the Green Belt land at Field Farm, Stapleford to housing development. Anna said:
“Planning Minister, Brandon Lewis has today made it clear that because Broxtowe voted in favour of its Core Strategy last month, he is powerless to stop their plans for Field Farm. We urged Broxtowe to defer their decision because we knew new guidance on protecting Green Belt was coming, but they refused. That guidance came this week. If Broxtowe had waited and if they had chosen not to allow building on Green Belt land then Field Farm could have been saved. To be absolutely clear – the Field Farm buck stops with Broxtowe Borough Council.”
Broxtowe Borough Council decided to grant planning permission at Field Farm last year but Anna Soubry persuaded the then Planning Minister, Nick Boles, to “call in” the decision. Since then, Broxtowe has stuck rigidly to its plans for thousands of homes on Green Belt sites.
“To make their decision all the more perverse, and plain wrong, new brown field sites are coming forward but Broxtowe is determined to build on Green Belt first.” Anna added, ” legal action is planned for a Judicial Review so the fight to save Field Farm continues and I pay tribute to local campaigners like STRAG who I will continue to support”.
Meanwhile Anna has today invited Brandon Lewis to visit Broxtowe and discuss the future of the Green Belt land in the constituency. ” Brandon has agreed to visit and meet campaigners who continue to defend our Green Belt from Broxtowe’s plans.”