Developer plans to build 734 homes on green belt land
A DEVELOPER has announced plans to build 734 houses on green belt land in Nuthall.
The houses are planned for land west of Woodhouse Way and the development will also include retail space and a community centre.
According to a letter sent to Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry, developer Wrenbridge aims to apply for planning permission for the site in January next year.
The letter, from managing director Peter Jarman, said the development would create a "significant" number of jobs, particularly during the construction phase of the project.
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Mr Jarman added: "I appreciate you may have concerns give that the proposed development is on green belt land.
"I understand this perspective, but would reassure you that the land has no public access, has limited ecological value and features a number of disused mine shafts.
"If this site were to go ahead and begin to fulfil identified housing need, it would relieve pressure on more valuable green field land in the borough, such as the land at Field Farm and Toton Lane."
The developers also intend to hold a public exhibition on the plans in December.
But one Nuthall resident said they were concerned with increased traffic levels due to new housing.
Matthew Smith, 38, of Kimberley Road, said: "More houses mean more cars on the road and it's bad enough as it is, especially on Nuthall island at rush hour.
"I understand that we've got to build homes somewhere though, but perhaps there are better sites elsewhere."
Miss Soubry echoed these feelings: "This part of the constituency of Broxtowe is already suffering from excessive traffic congestion and 734 houses means almost an extra 1,500 cars on our roads.
"It is unacceptable madness to build this quantity of housing in Nuthall and especially on what little green belt land we have."
Miss Soubry also attacked the borough council for setting a housing target she deems as too high.
Miss Soubry said: "The developers are relying on Broxtowe Borough Council's flawed target of 6,150 houses which is not based on our housing needs.
"We predicted applications from developers to build on our green belt as we only have enough brown field land for 3,000-3,500 houses.
"The borough council is giving out all the wrong messages, making green belt sites a priority and not encouraging development on brown field sites."
However David Watts, portfolio holder for economy and regeneration at Broxtowe Borough Council, refuted this.
He said: "We know that the population of Greater Nottingham is likely to grow by about 56,000 people over the next 15 years – no-one has suggested seriously that this prediction is wrong – and Broxtowe is taking the smallest proportion of these.
"Miss Soubry's claim that the borough is prioritising green belt land is a lie and deeply insulting.
"We have done absolutely everything possible to minimise the amount of green belt land that may have to be used for housing, but we also have to ensure that there is land available for building because her Government insist on this."
Mr Watts added the council can do nothing to stop developers applying for planning permission and just because an application is submitted doesn't mean it will be approved.
What do you think of the plans? Contact Broxtowe reporter Alexander Britton on 0115 905 1962 or email him at alexander.britton@nottingham postgroup.co.uk