MP debates double greenbelt threat

NEAA 27-06-12 BE 16 Save Greasley greenbelt. Neil Hutchinson, Shaila Hague, Sonia Dring, Mel Oates and Kevin Marks.
NEAA 27-06-12 BE 16 Save Greasley greenbelt. Neil Hutchinson, Shaila Hague, Sonia Dring, Mel Oates and Kevin Marks.

Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry is set to debate the double threat to the borough’s greenbelt from opencast mining and thousands of houses.

The 30-minute debate today in the House of Commons, which will be attended by a Government Minister, will cover the borough council’s decision to build 6,150 homes – including hundreds in the Moorgreen and Newthorpe greenbelt – over the next 15 years.

Ms Soubry said: “Broxtowe continues to accept a housing target of 6,150 houses, despite the fact that we only have enough non-greenbelt land for 3,000 to 3,500 homes.

“This flies in the face of Government policy, which is to protect our greenbelt from development and we need clarity before the consultation ends on July 23.”

Plans could include huge developments near Colliers Wood in Moorgreen and off Baker Road in Newthorpe.

Up to 1,500 houses could be built in and around Eastwood, and a further 1,500 in Brinsley, it has been said.

She will aslo discuss UK Coal’s application for an opencast mine between Ilkeston, Trowell, Cossall and Awsworth.

“These twin proposals represent a serious and continuing threat to what little greenbelt land we have left in Broxtowe,” she added.

Nottinghamshire County Council’s consultation on the 320-acre mine finished at the end of last month.

The mine has been described as a ‘rape’ of the countryside, treasured by many as DH Lawrence land, after its connections to the Eastwood-born author’s works.

UK Coal plans to extract 1.275m tonnes of coal over five years and employ 60 workers.

A public consultation is currently running on Broxtowe Borough Council’s housing plans and ends on July 23.

Public meetings have been held in Nuthall and Greasley over the last week to encourage people to submit letters of objection.