Broxtowe Borough Council: Stop the sale of public open space
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Broxtowe Borough Council are currently selling off public open space to developers without public consultation. Residents of Redwood Crescent, Beeston, were shocked when the council secretly decided to sell off the open space at the heart of our community and street in September 2016. They kept this decision from residents until March 2017, when a private developer submitted a planning application.
We still do not know the factors that were taken into account when deciding to sell the land, how the land sale was arranged, how any bids were assessed, or how much the land is due to sell for.
The sale was proposed because the council labelled this as a “garage site” and they are currently selling off a large number of garages across the Borough. However, the land at Redwood Crescent is predominantly a green space, a place where our children play, our elderly residents exercise and the local community can meet. It is also home to a wide range of wildlife and priority species. All of these things will be taken away if this goes ahead, to be replaced by a development that will ruin the neighbourhood, resulting in a closed-in space, blocking out light, causing loss of privacy, an increase in traffic and parking problems, as well as a negative impact on biodiversity, amongst other problems.
If the sale and development of this land goes ahead, it could be open space on your street or near where you live next - moves may well already be underway to sell such land, without your knowledge. Join our campaign to call on Broxtowe Borough Council to:
- Put a hold on the sale of the land at Redwood Crescent and work with residents to maintain this as an open public space, available for all to use.
- Stop the selloff of public land without consultation with residents of Broxtowe and ensure transparency and accountability in decision making processes.
- Commit to promoting protecting the environment and biodiversity in the Borough, as it is supposed to be in their Core Strategy (https://www.broxtowe.gov.uk/media/2160/broxtowe-aligned-core-strategy.pdf
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