Green Belt land was designated as suitable for housing by the previous administration on Broxtowe Borough Council. Conservatives opposed the housing target Broxtowe accepted of 6150, because we knew it would mean building on Green Belt land throughout Broxtowe. Unfortunately the then Labour and Lib Dem Council opposed our views and the housing target was accepted.
In 2013 Anna took Planning Minister Nick Boles on a tour of the constituency where he met constituents fighting to protect Green Belt land. Anna also met with the Secretary of State, Eric Pickles, MP to raise her concerns. Anna has taken part in Broxtowe Borough Council’s Aligned Core Strategy consultations, including the Site Allocations consultation. Anna has asked for improvements in the consultation process to ensure people are aware and able to participate easily. Anna also spoke at the Public Examination hearings in October and November 2013. Anna has brought together all the local campaign groups in Broxtowe to fight against building on Broxtowe’s Green Belt.
When the Conservatives were elected to run Broxtowe Borough Council in 2015 they sought legal advice about whether they could change the target and were told it was not possible. This is greatly disappointing for many communities as it means pieces of Green Belt land will now be lost to housing. Nevertheless Broxtowe Borough Council have protected other areas of Green Belt by identifying and bringing forward development on brown field sites across Broxtowe.