STAPLEFORD AND TROWELL RURAL ACTION GROUP - PRESS RELEASE – 14/10/2014
On Friday 10 October the Department for Communities and Local Government decided to lift his earlier call-in on the outline planning application for 450 houses at Field Farm. This gives the go-ahead to the plan approved by Broxtowe Borough Council in April 2013.
Stapleford and Trowell Rural Action Group (STRAG), a group of residents which has been campaigning to keep this farm and woodland area in the Nottingham-Derby green belt over the past 14 years, is obviously very disappointed. We feel that the Secretary of State should have waited for the issue of the ongoing application for Judicial Review of the Core Strategy. Not taking this opportunity to make a fully informed decision flies in the face of the policy statements in favour of green belt protection, made by the same Department just a few days ahead. The Government and the Borough Council keep trying to shift the blame on each other and this is not helping.
STRAG will be following the Judicial Review process closely. If in the meanwhile a full planning application is submitted for Field Farm, we will be actively involved in shaping it, to try and reduce the damage to the biodiversity and the impact on the quality of life in the neighbourhood – traffic being possibly the worst issue. With the local elections around the corner in May next year, we hope to be able to work with present and prospective councillors defending a balanced vision for South Broxtowe.
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October 2014 Update
THE FIELD FARM ECOLOGICAL CORRIDOR: A TEST FOR THE GOVERNMENT’S GREEN BELT POLICY
(see October 2014 Press release in index above)
Further details of the campaign can be found at
ARE ALSO DISSAPOINTED TO ANNOUNCE THE FIGHT TO STOP THE OPENCAST MINING IN TROWELL APPEARS TO BE LOST.
The campaign to stop this temporary opencast development in my opinion was a lost cause from the point Broxtowe borough council chose to develop the greenbelt. It would have been a contradiction to save the the greenbelt from opencast mining which is a temporary nightmare . whilst our local representatives vote in favour of a permanent wholesale destruction of the greenbelt
STRAG did offer help with the campaign but it was repeatedly rejected, we can only presume this was for political reasons ?
I feel that had the elected representatives had supported the electorate, neither of these ill-conceived developments would have been approved.
The War to save Fields Farm hasn't been lost
just one battle.
Stapleford and Trowell Rural Action Group will continue to campaign for the wishes of the residents of the area.
To either stop the development of this green belt resource, or limit the impact of any unsustainable development.
Follow link for inspectors report.