Broxtowe Press Release about changes to Green Belt

Protecting the Borough’s greenbelt and a much needed new school for Bramcote

Broxtowe Borough Council has taken a further step in meeting long term housing needs after its Jobs and Economy Committee approved recommended housing site allocations as part of The Part 2 Local Plan.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Richard Jackson said: “Some Green Belt boundary change was unavoidable given the scale of the housing challenge we face but this has been kept to a minimum and by bringing forward previously developed sites we have been able to protect areas including Nuthall and Nethergreen, north of Eastwood.”

“The Committee has worked closely with resident groups on their neighbourhood plans to ensure that the local community will benefit from future development, including significant provision of publicly accessible open space in and around the allocated sites, ensuring no job losses on proposals affecting Kimberley Depot and Caravans site and securing a school rebuild in Bramcote and the long term future of Bennerley viaduct in Awsworth.”

The Aligned Core Strategy comprises the Part 1 Local Plan which was adopted by the Council in September 2014 following a public examination by an independent Planning Inspector.

The Part 1 Local Plan set out the need for developing, including houses as well as broad locations and environmental protection considerations such as the Green Belt.

The Part 2 Local Plan sets out detailed allocations to meet the full housing need set out in the Core Strategy over a five year period, as well as up to 2028.

For more information, please contact Broxtowe Borough Council on 0115 917 3482, email pabc@broxtowe.gov.uk or visit www.broxtowe.gov.uk/planning   

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3 Responses to Broxtowe Press Release about changes to Green Belt

  1. Today’s White Paper asks us to consider a series of questions. Two are pertinent to the decision last week of the Chairman of the Jobs and Economy Committee to refuse the demoractically arrived at position of the Bramcote Neighbourhood Forum asking for the decision to be deferred until significant issues identified in the report to that committee were resolved.

    The two questions the Secretary of State is seeking opinions on read as follows:
    Question 10
    Do you agree with the proposals to amend the National Planning Policy Framework to make clear that:
    a) authorities should amend Green Belt boundaries only when they can demonstrate that they have examined fully all other reasonable options for meeting their identified development requirements?
    b) where land is removed from the Green Belt, local policies should require compensatory improvements to the environmental quality or accessibility of remaining Green Belt land?
    c) appropriate facilities for existing cemeteries should not to be regarded as ‘inappropriate development’ in the Green Belt?
    d) development brought forward under a Neighbourhood Development Order should not be regarded as inappropriate in the Green Belt, provided it preserves openness and does not conflict with the purposes of the Green Belt?
    e) where a local or strategic plan has demonstrated the need for Green Belt boundaries to be amended, the detailed boundary may be determined through a neighbourhood plan (or plans) for the area in question?
    f) when carrying out a Green Belt review, local planning authorities should look first at using any Green Belt land which has been previously developed and/or which surrounds transport hubs?

    Question 11
    Are there particular options for accommodating development that national policy should expect authorities to have explored fully before Green Belt boundaries are amended, in addition to the ones set out above?

    I will be addressing potential answers to the above questions at my talk to next week’s AGM of the Bramcote Hills Community Association.

  2. In today’s housing White Paper the Secretary of State asks us to consider a series of questions.

    Two (Questions 10 & 11) are particularly pertinent to the decision under a fortnight ago of the Chairman of the Broxtowe BC Jobs & Economy Committee to refuse the democratically arrived at request of the Bramcote Neighbourhood Forum for the committee to defer a decision on whether to amend the green belt boundary in Bramcote until significant issues identified in the report by the Director of Legal and Planning Services to that committee were resolved.

    Question 10
    Do you agree with the proposals to amend the National Planning Policy Framework to make clear that:
    a) authorities should amend Green Belt boundaries only when they can demonstrate that they have examined fully all other reasonable options for meeting their identified development requirements?
    b) where land is removed from the Green Belt, local policies should require compensatory improvements to the environmental quality or accessibility of remaining Green Belt land?
    c) appropriate facilities for existing cemeteries should not to be regarded as ‘inappropriate development’ in the Green Belt?
    d) development brought forward under a Neighbourhood Development Order should not be regarded as inappropriate in the Green Belt, provided it preserves openness and does not conflict with the purposes of the Green Belt?
    e) where a local or strategic plan has demonstrated the need for Green Belt boundaries to be amended, the detailed boundary may be determined through a neighbourhood plan (or plans) for the area in question?
    f) when carrying out a Green Belt review, local planning authorities should look first at using any Green Belt land which has been previously developed and/or which surrounds transport hubs?

    Question 11
    Are there particular options for accommodating development that national policy should expect authorities to have explored fully before Green Belt boundaries are amended, in addition to the ones set out above?

    I will be addressing potential answers to the above questions at my talk to next week’s AGM of the Bramcote Hills Community Association.

    Paul Nathanail

    PS The White Paper, entitled “Fixing our broken housing market”, is available from:
    https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/housing-white-paper

    PPS The White paper makes FIVE references to the Conservative Party’s manifesto in the run up to the 2015 General Election to protect the green belt. It seems that in some quarters honouring manifesto promises is a game of rushing (sic) roulette.

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