Save Nottingham's Green Belt!
The Green Belt around Nottingham is under threat from development. Around two dozen major housing developments are being proposed as a result of national policy. In 1997 the Notts Structure Plan set targets for each District: a total of 69,000 homes to be built in the County by 2011, about half on Greenfield sites.
Ashfield has gone out to consultation - provoking a massive campaign against greenfield development proposed for the Hucknall area. Hucknall Against Rural Development (H.A.R.D.) has calculated that the County Council stands to make £56 million profit from development on their land in the Hucknall area alone. Gedling Against Rural Development (G.A.R.D.) has also been formed to oppose proposals in Gedling. They have already scored a victory: Gedling Borough Council has suspended their consultation as a response to John Prescott's announcement that he is reviewing national strategy.
A Save the Green Belt Campaign has been set up to co-ordinate activity, supported by FoE, H.A.R.D., G.A.R.D., and other groups.
On 29th March 1998 several hundred people attended a rally at Top Wighay Farm, Hucknall - one of the sites threatened by development. Vernon Coaker, MP for Gedling, claimed that the planning system is being run for profit, for the benefit of speculators, not for social need. Paddy Tipping, MP for Sherwood, argued that their are many brownfield sites such as Hucknall Colliery and Basford Gasworks which could be used. John Smith, for H.A.R.D., reminded people that John Prescott had announced in January that the Government wants to move away from a 'predict and provide' strategy of taking land out of Green Belt protection long before it is needed - but Notts County Council promptly decided to continue to force the District Councils to follow 'predict and provide' (at the Environment Committee, 28 January 1998
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The Rally launched a letter writing campaign to demand that the County revise their Structure Plan. Write to: Director of Planning and Economic Development, Trent Bridge House, Fox Rd, West Bridgford, NG2 6BJ.
CASE (Campaign Against Stevenage Expansion) is opposing the building of 10 000 homes in the beautiful and historic green belt west of Stevenage.
URGENT (Urban Regeneration and Greenfield Environment NeTwork) has been set up to allow concerned groups and individuals across the country to share information and expertise.
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Last updated 11 February 1999.