Packed public meeting says “no” to development on Toton’s green belt

It was standing room only when almost two hundred people attended the meeting on Saturday September 25th. Anna Soubry explained that Broxtowe Borough Council had chosen green belt land off Stapleford lane as a “preferred site” for 800 houses.

One after one, residents voiced their opposition to the plans which would add further congestion to roads already choked with traffic, put extra pressure on oversubscribed schools as well as destroying a much loved part of our green belt.

Anna Soubry explained that despite claims to the contrary, the Government was not changing policy on green belt which remained protected. “the Government’s proposed planning policy says ‘All inappropriate development on green belt is not allowed…..the draft framework keeps green belt protection’ For reasons no one knows Broxtowe Borough Council is determined to rip up the rules and give the go ahead to development on our precious green belt land.”

There was also condemnation of the “public consultation” with widespread concern that the planned development was a “done deal”.

“I want to thank everyone who came and voiced their concern. The hard work now begins. We have given everyone a copy of the Council’s consultation form and an information sheet on how they can have their say. But with only a week to go there is real concern that the public consultation has not been widely advertised and in general has been a phoney exercise.”