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Broxstowe 'minded to approve' 450 green belt homes

Broxstowe Borough Council's development control committee has said it is 'minded to approve' plans to build up to 450 homes on a green belt site in Stapleford, Nottinghamshire.12 Apr 2013

The proposals for the 27.5 hectare scheme at Field Farm were submitted to the Council by developer Westerman Homes in December 2011. The committee's decision follows a recommendation by the Council's chief executive to approve the plans (101-page / 3.82 MB PDF).

The report to the committee said that the main arguments in favour of granting permission were the need for housing provision, including the Council's lack of a five year housing supply in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework.

The report said that there was a history since 2011 of Broxstowe identifying the site as its preferred option for housing allocation in its forthcoming Core Strategy ahead of other green belt options.

It said that the grant of planning permission was not considered to unacceptably prejudice other options coming forward for development either in the five year supply or later in the Core Strategy period.

"There is a shortage in the five year housing land supply and this cannot be rectified in any adopted Core Strategy until the winter of 2013/14 at the earliest. This assumes a submission of the Core Strategy in May, rapid examination hearing sessions and an Inspector’s report recommending adoption by autumn 2013," the report said.

The scheme had been objected to by local campaign group Stapleford and Trowell Rural Action Group. The group claimed that the application's assessment of environmental impact was "extremely superficial" and that "no convincing mitigation measures" had been proposed. "There are no planned benefits to Stapleford, no community facilities, no infrastructure improvements," the group said in a statement.

"The grant of planning permission of this application would deny the opportunity of objectors to have their views considered in relation to this site in the Core Strategy Examination. This is a significant matter that should carry weight," the committee report said.

However, it said that "the Secretary of State has also made very clear that planning applications to deliver housing cannot be held up indefinitely to wait for up-to-date local plans" and that "this

sentiment has elsewhere been illustrated in recent approvals, on appeal, where a five year housing land supply could not be demonstrated by the planning authority".

Final approval of the proposals will be subject to call-in by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.