We have kept our readers updated regarding the planning applications for this historic building. To understand the background, and reasons as to why this property is special, see our previous articles.
Barry Johnson, who has been one of the main residents campaigning against the planning application updated us yesterday:
Just to let you know that we lost last night in spite of the huge number of objections from local residents.
The vote was 6 to 5 in favour of the Broxtowe B.C. proposal with two abstaining. The issue was decided by the two councillors abstaining.
Following on from your suggestion that you could speak to Bramcote residents, there are a lot of local people gutted by this poor planning committee decision. Obtaining and voicing their opinions through Bramcote Today’s website would be useful to express their feelings.
Councillor Richard MacRae has, helpfully, provided a link to the meeting and advised, “1 :40:25 if you click this link and scroll to the time mentioned you can see the debate which took place this evening.”
Other readers have commented:
I watched the live meeting tonight. Kim did an amazing job of representing our community but despite this and 180 opposition signatures, the planning Committee have passed the plans. Surely there is something we can do???Jen Jeffrey
A disappointing outcome. Clearly a public authority has to balance the public interest of the provision of 3 houses and two apartments with the interests of a significant number of local residents who raised concerns/objections. I believe a compromise was possible, but this was not it.
I would like to thank the local councillors who voiced their concerns and opposition to the proposal in the meeting on behalf of those residents.Mike Lyons
1. Start a legal challenge in the courts if there is evidence the council has made a manifestly unreasonable decision (go see a lawyer and dig deep into your wallet); there is a time limit on bringing action, I think it is six weeks from the decision.
2. Buy the land off the council at its development value (dig deep into your wallet).
Bottom line is councils have diminishing assets even though council tax continues to rise, land is a valuable asset worth more with a planning consent. The council is only doing what many landowners would do.Rich Hartman
And yet the council must have spare funds somewhere as it wants to buy back former council houses (the ones sold off years ago under the right-to-buy disgrace) to increase its social housing stock.