Campaigners say ‘no stones have been left unturned’ in fight against homes proposals

Campaigners fighting housing plans for sites in the Hucknall area say they have left no stones unturned in their battle to oppose the proposals.

Representatives from a number of groups, including Brownfield First and Linby Parish Council, have been attending a formal hearing in Nottingham about the planning strategies for Gedling Borough Council, Broxtowe Borough Council and Nottingham City Council.

Some campaigners are against plans for Top Wighay and for a site to the north of Papplewick Lane.

Denise Ireland, a member of the parish council and the action group, told the Dispatch: “The inspector has been left under no illusion about what people think about the plans.

“We, and others, are arguing that these are not the sites that should be in the plan, but others like Gedling colliery should be.”

Denise added that if the proposals were to get the go ahead, then it would be Ashfield District Council, and not Gedling, that would bear the brunt of any infrastructure issues, such as the impact on roads and schools.

She added that as some of the land in question was owned by Nottinghamshire County Council, a budget shortfall could mean that the council would be more than happy for the plans to be given the green light.

The hearings are scheduled to end on Wednesday 13rd November.

The inspector’s report is expected to be ready in early 2014 with the aim of the Aligned Core Strategies being adopted in Spring 2014.

Copies of the Aligned Core Strategies ae available at