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"We're not Nimbys!" say Brockworth greenbelt campaigners

By The Citizen  |  Posted: September 27, 2012

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GREENBELT campaigner Janet Thomas is "saddened" her group has been accused of 'nimbyism' at a critical point in its fight.

She and other Brockworth villagers have been working hard for months to oppose plans for a 1,500 home estate next to the A417.

They have stepped up their efforts this week and pledged to attend three different council meetings to challenge councillors face-to-face over the issue.

Janet started Save Brockworth Green Belt in the summer after the proposals were revealed by Hunter Page Planning.

Mrs Thomas said: "The group have genuine concerns and issues regarding the possible large scale development of the land. Sceptics we may be, not Nimbies."

Nimby is an acronym for "not in my back yard" and is generally used to deride campaigners.

Mrs Thomas said: "I understand why people have said that but it is annoying and quite disheartening as we are working so hard to try and protect the beautiful countryside we have in Brockworth."

The group has collected more than 1,000 signatures in a hard copy petition against the plans and its e-petition closed yesterday with 250 signatures.

Group members are questioning the idea of the draft Joint Core Strategy, which they say opened the door for the Hunter Page plans by listing the A417 land as a possible development site.

They were at Cheltenham Borough Council on Monday and are due at Gloucester City Council's meeting tonight and Tewkesbury Borough Council's meeting on Monday.

Their website is www.savebrockworth greenbelt.blog spot.com

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  • dontyaknow  |  September 27 2012, 9:05PM

    Only 5% of the country side has been built on so a few houses won't make any difference anyway. And I'm willing to bet anyone a fiver that most of these NIMBY's live in houses on the more modern developments in Brockworth. You know, the ones that were field's only 15 years ago.

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  • joholly  |  September 27 2012, 8:34PM

    Keep fighting and don't give up -it's because of folk like Janet that we enjoy the freeedoms we have today.

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  • Shireresident  |  September 27 2012, 7:51PM

    What are the Brockworth Borough and County councillors doing about this travesty, they seem to be being strangely quiet.

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  • FreeRadical1  |  September 27 2012, 4:05PM

    Janet isn't a NIMBY, she's a NIGBA - Not In Green Belt Area! I don't live anywhere near Brockworth, but I know that the rot set in when the bypass was built. Bypasses are useful in removing a lot of traffic from residential roads, but they have a gigantic sting in the tail, in that they make a load of previously out-of-bounds agricultural land attractive for development. Gloucester City Council, Cheltenham Borough council and Tewkesbury Borough Council have earmaked this land for residential development, even though it is in the green belt and supposedly protected; I assume that they have had the nod from central government. Disgraceful.

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  • LordGagas  |  September 27 2012, 3:35PM

    nib***, dont forget the millions of jobs at the new M5 services... :-(

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  • geraint2010  |  September 27 2012, 3:27PM

    But you ARE a NIMBY Janet! Not that I blame you though - I wouldn't want 1,500 new houses in my 'back yard' either! The argument is that more housing is needed to create (albeit temporary) employment and provide affordable housing for first time buyers. But there seems something of the 'Ponzi scheme' about it all - more and more people, but precious few 'living wage' jobs to enable them to pay their way. Why not charge owners of empty property two or three times normal council tax rates rather than nothing and make it less attractive for private landlords to snap up empty property? More empty houses would then become available, prices would fall, and there would be less need to build so many massive soulless new developments.

  • Matt1006  |  September 27 2012, 11:58AM

    NibNobs - exactly. There is a long list of those wanting their own home, but these are council or housing association lists - i.e. social housing. So building thousands of new homes which will almost all be sold on the open market will not help those on the waiting lists, who cannot afford their own property, whether bought or rented privately. And it will get even worse if the current proposals on planning relaxations are actually brought in, which will allow for developers to have LESS so-called "affordable housing" within their schemes. So, with at least 95% of new homes being sold on the open market, where are the prospective buyers coming from? They all live somewhere already, so if they buy one of these new homes, their current property then needs to be sold. Or sits empty as there is nobody to buy it off them. At which point their deal to buy the new home falls through. Over 700,000 empty homes in England, yet there is apparently a housing shortage. Sorry, no there isn't. We all know about the levels of immigration into the UK, but I wonder what percentage of those coming in from abroad are in a position to buy or rent privately when they first arrive, and how many go straight onto a housing waiting list, not to mention claiming every benefit they can. I'll bet the growing population through immigration is nowhere near enough to justify tens of thousands of new homes every year, because the new migrant population can't / doesn't want to buy or rent privately. Why buy or rent when the state will roll over and house you for virtually free...??? And regarding the site adjacent to the A417, it is within the Green Belt. Therefore development on it should not happen, just like any other designated Green Belt land. Why is this so hard for the developers to understand? There is plenty of other available land to development, including plenty of virgin green land not within the Green Belt, so you don't have to take up all the brownfield sites first (although that would be nice).

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  • shedhead2011  |  September 27 2012, 11:43AM

    The only interest the councillors have is in increasing the amount of "poll tax"that the new houses bring in .Who is going to buy all of these houses?There is already planning permision granted throughout England for 400,000 houses. If Coopers-Edge is an example of what to expect from the councill and builders i fear for our childrens future quality of life.

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  • NibNobs  |  September 27 2012, 11:16AM

    Haven't we got enough new houses being built in Brockworth already? For example: 3000+ houses/flats at Coopers Edge, 100 houses at Kennel Lane, and another 150+ houses behind Invista (ICI fibres in old money).... if the company gets their way! Where are all the new jobs for all the families moving in? Not everyone will be be able to afford to work for £6.25-£7.50 an hour at the new Morrisons, bigger Tesco, expansion at Gloucester Quays or the new cinema in Gloucester!

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  • badger12  |  September 27 2012, 9:51AM


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