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

www.facebook.com/savebroxtowesgreenbelt

STRAG  

ARE ALSO  DISSAPOINTED TO ANNOUNCE THE FIGHT TO STOP THE OPENCAST MINING IN TROWELL  APPEARS TO BE LOST.

Editors comment

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.

www.broxtowe.gov.uk/corestrategy