Rushcliffe Borough Council accused of 'pushing unwanted development onto neighbours' land'
CITY councillors have accused Rushcliffe Borough Council of trying to push unwanted housing developments on to its neighbours' land.
At the full city council meeting, Rushcliffe was accused of abandoning its targets for new homes, forcing developers to build in neighbouring Nottingham or the borough of Gedling.
Councils across Notts are currently deciding how many houses should be built in their areas by 2028.
Under the Labour government, all councils were given housing targets but the coalition government has since said that councils can establish their own figures.
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Broxtowe and Gedling borough councils have kept their previous targets, alongside the city council – and the three councils are submitting their plans together.
However, Rushcliffe has reduced its target from 15,000 by 2026 to 9,600 – which it has submitted separately.
The Government's planning inspector has already raised serious concerns over Rushcliffe's revised plans.
And now the city council has also hit out.
Councillor Jane Urquhart, the city's portfolio holder for planning and transport, said: "Rushcliffe have started to plough their own furrow.
"Initial feedback indicates the planning inspector may not be entirely happy with their isolationist approach."
Councillor Alan Clark, the city's portfolio holder for energy and sustainability, said: "It seems that they feel the neighbouring authorities should make up the balance – that's unrealistic."
Rushcliffe councillor Dave Bell, portfolio holder for sustainability, described Mr Clark's comments as "ridiculous" and "disappointing".
He said: "Rushcliffe has been working with our neighbouring councils for some considerable time to plan for the housing needs of the conurbation.
"However, our councillors feel we have been put in an impossible position of having a disproportionate housing target (15,000) imposed upon us.
"To date, there appears to have been no willingness from our neighbours to discuss if the conurbation's growing needs could be best met by some other approach.
"Consequently, and reluctantly, we have been forced to look after our communities' interests as best we could while still recognising the need to provide housing growth."