Residents angry at plan for 33 houses

Residents are protesting against 33 affordable homes being built on land between Giltbrook and Newthorpe. Nigel Lowe standing next to proposed site.
Residents are protesting against 33 affordable homes being built on land between Giltbrook and Newthorpe. Nigel Lowe standing next to proposed site.
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Residents are angry at plans to on build 33 houses on public open space dividing Giltbrook and Newthorope.

Nigel Lowe claimed the application by Browtowe Borough Council to build the affordable homes on land off Acorn Way ‘brings into question’ the democratic processes of the authority and will increase the risk of flooding.

“The council protected the land themselves as a public open space in 1981 and now all of a sudden they want to build on it,” he said.

The Daisy Farm Estate resident said 22 homes flooded with the heavy rain last month and with 33 new properties the risk will only be heightened because of an increase in hard surface area.

“We have raised this issue with the council.

“By putting more hard surfaces here it is only going to exacerbate the problem,” he said. Mr Lowe said three public meetings have been held locally regarding the proposed development and people are very angry.

He said other sites should be looked at first and it would be a ‘disgrace’ if it were approved.

“200 odd houses could be built on the Walker Street school site but instead they pick on sites like this where people have enjoyed walking for years.

“This would be an absolute disgrace if it was approved.

“This land belongs to the communities by right, it is well used as public open space and should remain so for future generations to use in an already over developed area.

“It is a shame that the council do not read and understand their own policies before venturing into schemes such as this causing anger and objection from the people they are supposed to represent.”

The planning application was submitted back in May,

The Walker Street school site is one of many identified as possible sites for new builds.

A spokesperson for Broxtowe Borough Council said: “No date has yet been set for this matter to go to committee.

“The council has responded to this gentlemen directly and his comments will be considered as part of the consultation for the application.”

The spokesperson added the council did not want to pass comment Mr Lowe’s ‘personal attack of the council’.