6,150 new homes for Broxtowe

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A FINAL figure for the number of houses to be built in Broxtowe borough in the next two decades has been put forward for debate.

Broxtowe Borough Council’s cabinet passed the recommendation to build 6,150 new homes between 2013 and 2028 after a vote on Tuesday night.

The council is still looking at plans to build 450 homes at Field Farm, between Stapleford and Trowell, and potentially 2,000 homes on Trowell Moor – both highly controversial greenbelt sites.

MP Anna Soubry, who was in the public gallery at the meeting at Beeston Town Hall, blasted the proposals.

“This is absolutely disgraceful,” she said.

“The council does not have to accept this target.

“There’s enough brownfield land for 3,000 new homes. They say they want housing for our children, but they are going to be concreting over the greenbelt that’s there for our children.

“Broxtowe is the most densely populated borough in the county and arguably in the East Midlands.

“For the life of me, I don’t understand it.”

Trowell councillor Ken Rigby was also at the meeting.

He said that Field Farm represented just 0.25 per cent of all the borough’s greenbelt land.

“Whilst I accept Field Farm has got to be given up, I believe no other development should be built across Trowell Moor,” he said.

“There would be a high risk of the city of Nottingham grabbing it for its own purposes.”

About half of the houses – roughly 3,000 will be built on brownfield sites, leaving the remaining homes to be built on greenbelt – something residents have been up in arms about since the council announced it will be setting its own figures and sites for potential new housing.

Cllr Rigby said that the final list of sites where the 6,150 homes could be built will be finalised and sent off to the Government after the figures are debated at a full council meeting on Wednesday May 16.

Every borough and district council in the Greater Nottingham area – including Erewash – has had to create documents detailing where they will take a share of the roughly 52,000 houses the area is said to need over the next 15 years.