Borough housing plan approved

Revised plans to build more than 6,000 homes have been approved by Broxtowe Borough Council.

The plans had been amended to meet the demands of the 2032 high-speed rail development HS2, which includes a station in Toton and runs through the area.

Councillors voted 23 to 15 in favour of building 6,150 houses across the borough by 2028.

The council’s plans to meet expected future housing demand will now be submitted to the Government.

A more detailed plan, outlining how the housing will be spread across the area will be drawn up soon.

The meeting was told after the Government announced in January that Toton was the preferred location for a station for HS2, the council consulted people on revised plans “to include a strategic location for growth in the vicinity of the proposed HS2 station”.

Councillor David Watts, vice-chairman of development control, said the plan was a sensible and realistic vision for Broxtowe that had taken into consideration the views of the public. He said: “We tried to take into account as many responses from people as possible as well as providing for the levels of housing needed to move forward.”

Several councillors voiced their dissatisfaction with the plans. Some were unhappy about the alterations to green-belt boundaries to accommodate 2,150 homes, which included an application for 450 houses at Field Farm, already submitted to the Secretary of State.