Greenbelt land is saved in Eastwood

Cllr Tony Harper successfully saved some greenbelt land of Nethergreen Eastwood.
Cllr Tony Harper successfully saved some greenbelt land of Nethergreen Eastwood.

Greenbelt land in Eastwood has been saved from building development and a local councillor says he is ‘over the moon’.

Tony Harper made saving the greenbelt in Nethergreen his number one priority when he was elected in May 2015 and says he feels ‘delighted’ at the news.

“It’s fantastic news for Nethergreen.

“When I was elected I made people the promise that I would save the greenbelt and I worked hard on it for 18 months.”

Coun Harper organised a public protest meeting at Greasley Parish Hall that attracted over 200 people and arranged meetings with MPs, councillors, builders and developers.

“It felt fantastic to hear the news. I was over the moon. Delighted,” he said.

“Housing there would have blighted peoples views and it would have been a sprawl that would have connected Eastwood with Brinsley.

“I’ve had lots of people contact me saying how pleased they are.

“Residents love taking their dogs for walks there and they go jogging so it would have been terrible to lose it.

“It’s DH Lawrence countryside,” he added.

Coun Harper said when he was canvassing it was everybody’s main concern in the area.

“It was on the top of everybody’s list. There was such strong feeling about it.”

Wades Printers in Newhtorpe, another greenbelt site, was also proposed as a site for housing, and was also saved.

Some Greenbelt sites have however been taken in Brinsley and Kimberley.

Kimberley Depot will be relocated for housing and a development is planned for Brinsley.

Broxtowe Borough Council is currently deciding between two sites in Brinsley – both off the main road.

Coun Harper represents the Eastwood Hall ward which includes the Coach Drive Estate, Greenhills and the Brunell Estate.