Gedling MP Tom Randall has called on the Government to protect the green spaces surrounding the borough.
Mr Randall wants the Government’s planning reforms to empower local people so that they can decide on the shape of their community.
At Housing, Communities and Local Government Questions yesterday (Monday, 5), the Gedling MP raised the issue with the Housing Secretary.
“My Gedling constituents in villages like Burton Joyce and Stoke Bardolph understandably want to protect their green spaces and their village identity, it is part of what makes those places what they are,” he said.
“Can my Right Honourable Friend confirm that the Government’s planning reforms will ensure that local people will be empowered to decide on the shape of their community?”
In reply, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government Robert Jenrick MP said: “I can certainly confirm that to my Honourable Friend. We want to ensure that the green belt is protected so there are beautiful green spaces for our constituents to enjoy and the identity of villages and communities are protected and preserved for future generations.”
Commenting after, Tom said: “Like the residents of Burton Joyce and Stoke Bardolph, I want to ensure that our beautiful green spaces surrounding Gedling are protected from housing. It is also important that any new housing is built on brownfield sites and the design of new houses match the surroundings. I am pleased that the Housing Secretary has confirmed that the Government’s proposed planning reforms will do just that.”