MP steps up campaign

NEAABE100723c2, New Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry in her new constituency office at Barton house, Chillwell.
NEAABE100723c2, New Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry in her new constituency office at Barton house, Chillwell.

BROXTOWE MP Anna Soubry has stepped up her campaign to save the borough’s greenbelt land.

Opposing Broxtowe Borougn Council’s plans to build hundreds of houses on the greenbelt, the MP has applied for a debate in Parliament on the matter, and has organised a meeting with Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, to discuss the council’s approach to housing development.

Over 6,000 houses are planned to be built in Broxtowe between now and 2026, despite Government targets being scrapped leaving the council responsible for the number of houses it wants to see in the borough.

Many of the ‘potential sites’ for development are around Nuthall, Watnall and Greasley, with campaigners claiming there is only enough brownfield land for 2,000 homes across the borough – forcing the majority of the properties to go on greenbelt land.

But Ms Soubry has slammed the plans and demanded a U-turn.

“Broxtowe is surrendering our greenbelt to the developers,” she said. “The greenbelt land between Greasley and Watnall is some of the loveliest in the county, and with the links to DH Lawrence some of our most historic.

“Huge swathes of this land has been identified, including the Moorgreen Showground.”