DESPITE huge opposition, plans to build 6,150 homes in Broxtowe borough over the next 15 years have been approved.
Councillors told a meeting packed with more than 150 concerned residents on Wednesday night that they ‘regretted’ having to make the decision, which has included offering up two per cent of greenbelt land in the borough to developers.
But portfolio holder for planning Cllr David Watts explained that having a housing plan in place would protect other greenbelt land in the borough from development, including land around Nuthall, Newthorpe, Brinsley and Greasley.
“The benefits it brings outweigh the problems, “ he said.
“Once we have established the sites for the next 15 years, every blade of grass outside of those sites will be protected.”
But opposition Conservative councillors argued that the council should reject the core strategy document – written up by Broxtowe Borough Council planners – in a bid to protect all greenbelt land in the borough.
Tory leader Cllr Richard Jackson said: “What you are saying is ‘this is the best of a bad job’.
“If that’s the vision we have for our borough then it really is time we stop, step back and have a good look at this.”
Nuthall West and Greasley councillor Jill Owen said the council should be protecting its ‘jewels in the crown which separate this borough from the rest of the conurbation of Nottingham’.
But Stapleford councillor Stan Heptinstall defended his leading coalition group’s unpopular move.
“Even in the last few days we have said we don’t want to accept those numbers –we want them to be reduced,” he said.
“I don’t want it but I have looked very hard at all the evidence.”
The plan – which includes more than half of its houses on brownfield land – will now be submitted to the Government.