All you need to know for attending this weekend's public meeting on proposals for 3,000 homes on Hucknall green belt

Up to 200 people will be able to attend this weekend’s public meeting about controversial proposals to build 3,000 new homes on green belt land in Hucknall.

By John Smith
Thursday, 14th October 2021, 5:35 pm

The meeting is on Saturday, October 16 at 10.30am at the John Godber Centre in the town and has been organised to allow the public to have their say following the outcry against the plans to build on land at Whyburn Farm.

Given the interest, the Godber Centre and organisers have agreed that the optimal set up of the room will be for the speakers table to be on the stage with up to 200 chairs in the body of the hall.

Stewards will be on hand to direct people safely to their seats, hand out information sheets and ensure an orderly departure at the end of the meeting.

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The stage table will have a hand microphone and there will be a roving microphone to allow for comments from the floor.

Confirmed speakers are Coun Lauren Mitchell (Lab), Coun Kevin Rostance, Jonathan Bhushan, Jemma Chambers and Coun John Wilmott (Ash Ind) after the Ashfield Independents took up their invitation for one of their Hucknall councillors to attend.

All speakers are being asked to restrict their comments to no more than five minutes to allow for more public participation.

Someone will also take notes of comments throughout the meeting so that they can be circulated afterwards on various social media platforms.

There will be an additional table at the rear of the hall to allow people to sign a petition against the development should they wish to and have not already done so.

Everyone attending is asked to follow Covid regulations and advice at all times.

A spokesperson for the organisers said: “As I see it, the aim of the meeting is to re-emphasise the importance of the consultation period, the need to object, direct as many as possible to the e-petition and indicate other routes to object.

“Then it is to give those attending an opportunity to air their views and inform them of the process to follow after the consultation ends.

“This looks like it will be a well-attended and enthusiastic meeting and should certainly give a good impression of local feeling on the local plan.”