Green Belt Review – Make Sure You See How Bramcote Hills and Bramcote Moor Might Be Affected

I am writing as Chairman of Bramcote Hills Community Association rather than as an Editor of Bramcote Today.

I urge all the Residents of Bramcote Hills and Bramcote Moor to look at the consultation documents regarding the Green Belt Review on Broxtowe Borough Councils website at http://www.broxtowe.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=14275. Pay particular attention to pages, 74, 75 76 (Page 76 is a map of Zones 29 to 32) 98, 99 and 100 in the Broxtowe Borough Council Preferred Approach to Site Allocations (Green Belt Review) Consultation February 2015 document. Bramcote Hills and Bramcote Moor residents will be particularly interested in zones 29 and 30 (south and north of Bramcote Ridge).

Take the opportunity to see what is being put forward, formulate your views and make them known. It’s important you formally respond to Broxtowe Borough Council. See the link above.

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9 Responses to Green Belt Review – Make Sure You See How Bramcote Hills and Bramcote Moor Might Be Affected

  1. Mike Johnson says:

    I have spoken with Dave Lawson at Broxtowe BC Planning Department earlier today he suggested that we could look at an Eight Page Summary of the full consultation document.
    http://www.broxtowe.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=31778&p=0. This shows the Maps of the Areas under consultation after a brief summary of the reasons behind the Council thinking.
    If you cannot attend the meetings on Monday and Thursday next week then you can still call at the Council Offices to discuss with an officer of the Council what these issues mean to our neighbourhood.
    We should all put our comments on these suggestions to the Council before Monday 23 March 2015.

    • Paul Nathanail says:

      Thanks for highlighting this Mike. It would be useful to know if the summary is formally part of the consultation document or merely based on it – in which case folks really ought to make sure they are aware of what the full document says before they respond.

      In the meantime, the Summary says: “The review includes recommended areas for consultation on the edge of each settlement to be released from the Green Belt. These areas are shown in the maps on the following pages and are intended to allow for sufficient flexibility for future housing allocations taking into account the availability of urban sites”.

      Of course the area of Green Belt our councillors are minded to ‘release’ are not urban sites. Perhaps a review of the urban sites in Broxtowe has been carried out to ensure Green Belt is only ‘released’ as a last resort? Perhaps if our councillors had been firmer in their insistence on the need for a residential component in the new Beeston Town Square we would not need to even be thinking about such a ‘release’?

      • Paul Nathanail says:

        To be fair it would seem that the champions of the proposed erosion of the Green Belt are our planning officers; some of Broxtowe’s councillors on the video have been critical of both the process and the proposals!

      • Paul Nathanail says:

        I would urge local residents to watch the segment at 29’30” where our local Councillor and current Mayor asks the planning officers to explain why the Green Belt is being reviewed at all – and so soon after – the adoption of the Aligned Core Strategy.

        Thanks Stan!

  2. Paul Nathanail says:

    Thoughts on the video…

    1984 may seem like a long time ago but it seems that Orwellian Doublespeak is alive and well and thriving within the Broxtowe Town Hall.
    In his presentation to Councillors, a planning officer said that the consultation was for “Sensible long term green belt boundaries” that will stop the pressure to release “a little bit more and then a little bit more and a little bit more in the future – that is what we are keen to avoid”.
    I am perplexed how the Officer managed to say that shortly before saying that of course “Field Farm has already been dealt (sic) with”.
    If this present consultation is not about releasing a “little bit” ore than what is it?

    Residents may wish to express their views on Broxtowe’s consultation on the Green Belt via the online form at:
    http://broxtowe.firmstep.com/default.aspx/RenderForm/?F.Name=G2SE3t23nmy&HideAll

  3. David Watts says:

    This review of the green belt was set out in the core strategy as something that would be carried out after the core strategy was adopted – in fact the inspector was quite critical of the council for not having done it at the same time as preparing the core strategy. In carrying out a review we are doing what the Government require but a review does not mean that any decisions have already been taken. The council is required to make sure that we have sufficient building land available but the areas being consulted on cover far more land than that. This is because it is a genuine consultation where there are numerous possibilities and not the sort of stitch up that is often presented as a consultation where decisions have already been taken and people are being asked to endorse that decision (or not). Please do submit your comments – the greater the level of responses the better.

    • Paul Nathanail says:

      Dear David,
      You write that “the inspector was quite critical of the council for not having done [This review of the green belt] at the same time as preparing the core strategy” – would you be kind enough to sign post me to where the inspector said this?

      I have gone through her report on the ACS and on pp21-22 she writes: “Since the Plan is identifying only broad locations for growth, is giving only approximate, “up to” figures for new housing in the settlements, and is committed to a full review of Green Belt boundary changes in Part 2 Local Plans, I consider the approach favoured by the Councils to be acceptable in this case”. (http://m.broxtowe.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=30582&p=0)

      Perhaps you were thinking of this: “I have considered the argument that more rigorous assessment of previously developed land and the capacity of the inner urban edge of the Green Belt should have been carried out before sites which would only result in long-distance commuting were selected by the Councils.” (para 81) Here she both laments the lack of a rigorous consideration of brownfield sites (previsously developed land is the formal term but HCA use it as a synonym for brownfield) and the council decisions adding traffic to our already congested and poorly maintained road network.

      Many thanks in advance,

      Paul

      • David Watts says:

        Hi Paul, I was thinking of the comments that she actually made in the public inquiry. Ultimately she accepted our arguments for taking the approach that we did (otherwise she would have rejected the whole strategy) but she made it clear in her comments in the discussions that she had doubts about it. David

  4. Paul Nathanail says:

    Following on from last week’s CAT and Town Hall meetings the following Public Meetings provide further opportunities to hear from the council about their consultation on the green belt (sorry about the poor layout – the details are also at http://www.broxtowe.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=14231):

    Time & Date Type of Meeting Venue
    7 pm Monday 9th March Toton CAT Meeting Tesco – Toton Community Room
    7 pm Tuesday 10th March Stapleford South East CAT Meeting The Meeting Place 22-26 Nottingham Road
    7.15 pm Tuesday 10th March Trowell Parish Council Meeting Trowell Parish Hall
    7.30 pm Wednesday 11th March Attenborough CAT Meeting Lucy and Vincent Brown Village Hall
    7 pm Thursday 12th March Chilwell West CAT Meeting Chilwell Community Centre, Inham Road
    7 pm Tuesday 17th March Beeston West CAT Meeting Old Council Chamber – Broxtowe Town Hall
    7 pm Thursday 19th March Stapleford North CAT Meeting Pasture Road Community Centre/Church

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