The Planning Maze

Ian Tyler writes: The existing planning laws consistently confront councils of all political persuasions with the dilemma of how to provide much needed homes within restricted areas.

The resultant pressures cause high intensity developments which, while providing accommodation do not best meet the needs of families, the young or the elderly.

The Green Belt requirment is laudable in its aim to ensure separation of distinctive towns,villages and communities but hidebound by the historic nature of our ancient county, borough and parish boundaries.

I’m not trying to open a dogmatic debate on how we deal with the status quo but rather seeking to encourage some new thoughts and ideas on a way forward.

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5 Responses to The Planning Maze

  1. Ian,

    Perhaps if some councillors were of NO party political persuasion things might be different?

    The planing laws support development that is sustainable.

    The green belt serves a function you did not mention and that is in containing sprawl and encouraging reuse of urban land.

    Low density housing such as that being considered in large parts of Bramcote and Stapleford makes public transport uneconomic. It means more cars on already over capacity roads.

    Low density housing is wasteful of precious open land.

    We need to step back from ONLY focusing on housing and only looking at dated and perhaps out of date housing targets and ask ourselves our we creating a Bramcote, a Beeston North, a Stapleford, a Broxtowe we can be proud of or will be be judged and found guilty of wilful neglect by generations to come?

    So more density, better use of public transport and development that is truly sustainable for us and for the future not just profitable for a developer and the owner of land.

    Paul Nathanail

    • Adrian Hirst says:

      Happy to support this overall concept. I am always mindful of Nick Palmer’s mantra that building semis for every family with front and back gardens, together with space for two or three cars, is both hopelessly impracticable and outdated. Equally, I do not agree with Ian’s premise that the current generation of high density housing developments do not suit the needs of the young and the elderly. I think Beeston has benefited immensely in recent years from a diverse range of Apartment Buildings which seem to cater for most sections of the community except families with teenage children. Generally these folks seem to prioritise excellent public transport links rather than the hassle of MOT’s and parking etc. Similarly, there are lots inspirational Parks and Nature Reserves to enjoy with non of the chores like cutting the lawn every weekend and endless weeding. The challenge, in my view, is understanding how the rest of Europe seem to successfully extend this lifestyle plan to families with teenagers whereas in the UK the best we could ever manage were the Hyson Green Flats and similar follies. Without wishing to criticise the Council’s Vibrant Agenda for the Beeston Fire Station Site I would welcome Broxtowe pioneering a new generation of apartments suitable for families with teenagers as part of any overall development.

  2. RichHartman says:

    It needs a whole re-think by the government but it won’t turn the screws on the house builders who ‘bank’ their land and their planning permissions; too many vested interests (conflicting or otherwise).
    Interesting article here: . This seems to sum up the situation surrounding the Field Farm site, the Deddington Lane golf course site, and no doubt others.

  3. Ian Tyler says:

    Interesting comments; Party affiliations can be misused, as I believe has been the case in Broxtowe where a Conservative opposition sought to mislead voters that they could thwart the government by offering false hopes when the policy of all parties was to encourage much needed housing ; affordable housing needs land and locations are limited.
    Why do we wish to live in Bramcote? – it has the advantages of suburbia and the bonus of great parks, fabulous bus and tram links(keep in mind the Tory negatism on the Tram, again political toadyism).
    I accept that we are getting near to “full house” – how to proceed? – not by nimbyism.

    Now that’s a big issue- how to tackle it? Well I think given the intensity of development in our patch the only way forward is to look further afield for suitable sites but ensure that the infrastructure enables ease of travel between the focal point ,which is our City.

    Additionally we need to bear in mind what an home should offer:

    A space to call your own.

    A separation from your neighbours.

    A green space you can use.

    A sense of pride in your property.

    So then, comments made, easy to pontificate, but what would I suggest.

    Less than 15% of our country is built upon( Paul you may have contrary figures, please advise).

    I believe a re- shaping of the various boundaries we are subject to would be beneficial; we have more in common with Long Eaton, the M1 corridor adjoining counties than the straggling boundaries of Nottinghamshire.

    Also a re-definition of what defines detached, semi-detached properties; modern pressures on land
    make a farce of the presumed separations.

    Discuss but hopefully in a positive and friendly manner.

    Ian T.

  4. Hi Ian,

    Actually the National Ecosystem Assessment suggests that just over 10% of England is ‘urban’. Surprisingly, most urban land is actually green space so overall it seems that only about 2.3% of England is built.

    Of course that does not help us here in Bramcote where our objectively assessed housing need between 2011 and 2028 is of the order of 130-230 new homes whereas we face the prospect of over 440 dwellings, and counting.

    There must come a point when a place is full. Any thoughts on when you think we will get to “full house” as you put it? I think Bramcote is effectively at that point now.


    Paul Nathanail

    PS I feel duty bound to register that I am standing as the independent candidate for Bramcote and Beeston North in the upcoming County Council election in order to help retain land and school buildings in public ownership.

    Promoted by Peter Nathanail on behalf of Paul Nathanail, both of 86 Moor Lane, Nottingham NG9 3FH

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