Bramcote Councillor Martin Plackett in his speech last night in thanking Bramcote Neighbourhood Forum, urged them to continue their good work, and as the now adopted Part 2 Plan moves to the next Inspectorate stage of the process to adopt the motto ‘ it’s not over until the fat lady sings’ to ensure Bramcote’s voice continues to be heard.
The full transcript of his speech is published below:-
Mr Mayor. Fellow Members, Ladies and Gentlemen.
Last Monday at the Jobs and Economy Meeting the Chair offered me the opportunity to speak to the Plan specifically in relation to Bramcote Ward.
I questioned the increase from 300 to 500 houses on the Coventry Lane Site and whether taking into account other building planned in the Ward whether 10 percent of the total requirement for Broxtowe was reasonable or justified for Bramcote and its residents. Continued questioning can of course and will be continued by our Neighbourhood Forum and others at the following stage of the process before an Inspector.
The Director of Planning however convinced the Committee that it was and the the need for a 5 year land supply was paramount if the Plan was to be approved by an Inspector.
The record will show that the principal Opposition Party voted along side the ruling group registering their approval of the Plan, because they too know the serious implications of saying no to the Plan, only one member voted against.
Are there some Positive outcomes from this revised Plan for Bramcote? Yes I believe there are and I offer the following:-
1. Bramcote’s beautiful Green Flag Park and the running track off Moor Lane will remain as Greenbelt, thanks to pressure from both the Neighbourhood Forum and indeed myself.
2. A brand new 21st Century School is to be built with a separate entrance for community use, so enriching the Ward in so many ways for generations to come.
3. The 5 year land supply protects Bramcote’s other Greenbelt sites off Common Lane and the lands between the Sherwin Island and Bardills Island including Bluebell Hill.
4. Following my representation to the Jobs and Economy meeting a ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ is to be sought between the Borough Council and/or the Nottinghamshire County Council and the WHF of Schools that any surplus monies remaining after the sale of the Coventry Lane site and the School rebuild should be offered to the Borough Council for Leisure facilities.
5. The land adjacent to the Bramcote Hills Primary and Junior School together with the old Bramcote School site could can only be used for Education and/or Leisure facilities.
6. The housing number increase not only ensures monies are available for the School rebuild but with the removing of the wording ‘if required’ it increases the ‘likelihood of new leisure facilities’
7. A replacement wild life area close to the Coventry Lane site, the retention of our Villages beautiful Conservation Area, I could Mr Mayor continue.
For those considering voting against the Plan this evening, so NOT giving the Borough its 5 year Land supply, and in consequence risk its rejection by the Inspectorate I would remind them in doing so they would putting in jeopardy not only the lands protected by these proposals in Bramcote but other such sites throughout the Borough.
So for me Bramcote will be enhanced by these proposals as THE place to LIVE, WORK and PLAY. In consequence I support the motion before the Council this evening.