Field Farm Development – Phase 2

Councillor Richard Macrae has advised the editors of Bramcote Today:

I have just spoken (sent Wednesday evening) as a Ward Councillor at Planning Committee at Broxtowe Borough Council with regards to phase 2 of the Field Farm development. 

Councillors have deferred the application to a future meeting and officers will now have to talk to the developers again and come back with another plan.

Below is what I said.

I am speaking this evening as one of the Stapleford North Ward Councillors. I have spoken at great length about this application which is being determined tonight with fellow Councillor Jan Goold.

We have serious concerns regarding the social and affordable element of the application. Westerman’s had mixed this element of housing around Phase two and this at the time had been approved by Broxtowe Borough Council.

However, now a new company has ownership of the development and their plan is to segregate the social and affordable housing into one specific corner. This will create an “us and them” community. One could even go as far as to suggest the creation of a ghetto.

Furthermore, if you examine phase one of the development, the social and affordable element was all pushed into one corner of the site and basically fenced off from the rest of the development. This not surprisingly is already causing issues in the area. Now before anyone says I am only raising these concerns because it is opposite my house, this is not the case. I get on well with my new neighbours and it is very easy to just walk across the road and help and support them as and when needed.

I hope that this evening we can either object to this application or at least abstain and demand that social and affordable housing is put back to how it was originally intended and integrated within the mix. After all, aren’t we supposed to love thy neighbour, instead of alienating people by sticking them in a corner?

I would once again like to raise concerns about the play park area planned. This could be divisive as we already have play parks on hand within the area. Instead, I would like to use the money on improving what is already in place, encouraging new residents to enjoy and integrate. If, however, the plans for a new park go ahead I would like to see items installed with a thought to youngsters with disabilities. Maybe even a swing that could be adapted for the use of a wheelchair user. Just a thought.

I am also raising concerns about the so-called need to build shops and units that can be used for a variety of businesses as laid out in the planning application.  We do not need more business; we need to support what we already have in the area. When phase one was submitted we were told there were plenty of nearby shops, we sadly saw The Jaguar Pub demolished to make way for the much needed shops as we were told at the time. We have these shops, shops on Pasture Road, shops at Montrose Court and we have two Post Offices within walking distance of the Field Farm development. Stapleford Town Centre is close enough to walk to or drive to if need be and there are two buses nearby that can also be used to get to the Town Centre, surely we should be encouraging people to use the businesses we already have, especially following the difficulties they have all had for the past two years.

I want to raise concerns about the start time on the site as I know that they have been on site at times from 0715am causing a disturbance to nearby residents. They shouldn’t be there until 8am if I am correct. 

Can we also insist that some wheel washers are onsite for all vehicles leaving the site and can we insist that when Lorries leave they cover the tops before leaving the site and not after leaving the site? This will help stop the amount of soil dropped onto Ilkeston Road. 

I would also like to raise concerns about the blocked drains along Ilkeston Road as I have never seen the road flood like it currently does and I have lived around here for a very long time. This appears to have gotten worse since the road sweeper keeps going up and down Ilkeston Road after the Lorries full of soil leave the site. Whilst it is appreciated the road is swept could it be that it’s actually sweeping the soil into the drains causing the blocked drains which could result in the recent flooding along Ilkeston Road. 

Lastly I would like to raise concerns about the hedgerow and trees along Ilkeston Road, now you will no doubt be told this evening they are not part of the development being discussed this evening but I feel they are very much part of the bigger picture and most definitely part of the Field Farm development in one way or another. The trees are not blocking the proposed new road as that is further along the road from where the trees are; again the trees do not and will not block any views coming onto or off the new road. There is also plenty of room for a proposed cycle path without cutting down any trees.

Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to speak this evening and I would like to once again thank my fellow ward Councillor Jan Goold for supporting me with our concerns.

Councillor Richard MacRae 

Stapleford North Ward 

Stapleford Town Council 

Broxtowe Borough Council 

0774 034 4427

@CllrRichMacRae

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  1. Affordable housing layout could create ‘ghetto’ at Nottingham development.

    By Anna Whittaker

    Plans for new housing in Stapleford were delayed over concerns around affordable housing being “segregated” from the rest of the estate.

    Some Broxtowe Borough Councillors raised concerns over the plans creating an “us and them” mentality – which one councillor said could potentially create a ‘ghetto’.

    After completing phase one of the Field Farm development in Ilkeston Road, Stapleford, Westerman Homes sold the land to Peveril Homes, who are applying for permission to build phase two of the site.

    A total of 24 affordable homes will still be provided – but under the Peveril Homes plans, the affordable homes will all be built in one corner of the development.

    Councillor Richard MacRae (Ind), who is the ward councillor for the area, and fellow councillor Jan Gould (Con) had “serious concerns regarding the social and affordable element of the application” at a planning meeting on 5 January.

    Cllr MacRae, said: “Westermann’s had mixed this element of housing around phase two of the site and this had been approved by Broxtowe Borough Council previously.

    “However, the new company’s plan is to segregate the social and affordable housing into one specific corner.

    “This will create a ‘us and them’ community and one could even go as far as suggesting it creates a ghetto.

    “If you examine phase one of the development, the social and affordable element was all pushed into one corner of the site and basically fenced off from the rest of the development. This, not surprisingly, is already causing issues in the area.

    “I hope we can object or abstain and demand that social and affordable housing is put back to how it was originally intended. After all, aren’t we supposed to love thy neighbour instead of alienating people by sticking them in a corner.”

    He also raised concerns over the planned play area, the proposed shops and the start time of workers on the site.

    The ‘local centre’ would be made up of retail, financial and professional services, restaurants and cafes, drinking establishments and takeaways.

    But Cllr MacRae said: “We do not need more businesses, we need to support what we already have in the area.”

    Councillor Tim Hallam (Lib Dem) added: “The clumping of the social housing is a concern. This is a backwards step.

    “I’d prefer to see this deferred for the developer to go away and make it better.”

    Councillor Richard Jackson (Con) added: “I don’t think any of us want to see segregation in that way for a whole load of reasons.

    “I think this ought to go back with a request that it be improved.”

    Councillor Philip Owen (Con) raised concerns over the design of the homes.

    The development has faced controversy in the past after plans for phase one were turned down by Broxtowe Borough Council on the grounds of design.

    Developers then appealed to the Secretary of State, who overturned that decision in 2017 – and development is now under way.

    Cllr Owen said: “One thing that has concerned me looking at the drawings is just how bland, boring and unimaginative the designs of the housing are.

    “I know they will be their standard models but right at the very beginning when it was designed the land at Field Farm should be developed, we wanted and tried hard to get it to be a showcase development.

    “I would’ve hoped we got something better than what is proposed now. We want to see something that’s a little more inspiring.”

    Councillors voted unanimously to defer the plans, which will be brought back to the committee at a later date.

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