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Developers 'could pounce' if housing plan collapses

By The Citizen  |  Posted: October 06, 2012

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VILLAGE bosses have said they will do "all they can" to stop greenbelt in Brockworth being built on.

But they have warned the possible collapse of the Joint Core Strategy (JCS), which earmarks land suitable for development, could see developers pounce.

Brockworth Parish Council has objected to the JCS, which suggested land by the A417 as a possible site for development.

But villagers have asked what the parish councillors are doing to stop an "imminent" planning application for the site by Hunter Page Planning.

Two members of Save Brockworth Greenbelt were at a meeting on Wednesday night to lobby the council.

Chris Joyner said: "What is your battle plan for when the planning application comes in?"

Parish chairman Jim Hunt replied: "We will do everything we can to stop that land being built on."

Parish and borough councillor Vince Perez, pictured, added that at the moment the greenbelt classification of the land would help protect it but said "timing" was everything.

He and fellow borough councillors said the JCS was in danger of "falling apart" because of disagreements between the three councils involved.

Tewkesbury Borough and Gloucester City have criticised Cheltenham members for suggesting that a lower-than-expected number of houses, 18,600, could be built.

Mr Perez warned a collapse could threaten the greenbelt and said: "The councils have to be seen to be moving forward because otherwise developers will say we haven't got a plan so will put a planning application in with the hopes of being successful."

Councillor Jude Perez said the greenbelt land should "never have been named" in the JCS.

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  • LibertarianUK  |  October 18 2012, 8:41PM

    They're all in it together...

  • FreeRadical1  |  October 06 2012, 3:48PM

    Shame on Gloucester City Council, Tewkesbury Borough Council and Cheltenham Borough Council for putting green belt land into their Joint Core Strategy. What is the point of the green belt if it can be built on as and when councils feel like giving planning permission?