I am most grateful to you for allowing me as a non member of your Committee to make a few brief comments regarding amendments to the Part 2 Plan relating specifically to Bramcote Ward.
Many of the changes I along with our Neighbourhood Forum welcome, not least Bramcote Hills Park and the Moor Lane Running Track remaining as Greenbelt.
We welcome too the removal of the wording ‘if required’ (relating to leisure facilities) and the inclusion of the wording ‘increase the likelihood of a replacement leisure centre’
We are however concerned that the increase from 300 houses to 500 houses on the Coventry Lane site is at the very least questionable. Taking into account houses planned at St John’s and the retirement complex on the Golf Course the housing allocation for Bramcote would be over 10 percent of the total Borough requirement. I would ask you Chairman, is this disproportionate and /or unreasonable
It is never the less recognised that the Councils objectives by raising the house numbers to ensure ‘for a greater certainty that the School can be rebuilt’ and offers a 5 year land supply giving greater protection, but look for as a Community a greater guaranteed pay back for the loss of our precious Greenbelt.
If the increased housing numbers were to be accepted I would ask this Jobs and Economy Committee of the Borough Council at the very least to seek’ a memorandum of understanding with the County Council and/or WHF of Schools’ that any surplus funds released from the sale of the land for housing after the School rebuild be offered to the Borough for Leisure facilities.
I earnestly ask that my request is seriously considered and hopefully agreed, and clearly identified in tonight’s minutes.
Councillor Bramcote Ward Broxtowe Borough Council