“Enabling development” refers to development that would usually be considered harmful but is considered acceptable because the resulting benefits outweigh the harm. Our planning system has developed over the past 70 years into a sophisticated but complex system to help make decisions about land use. The concept of “enabling development” is one that will be central to the decisions about what to do with Bramcote’s green belt in the coming months.
White Hills Park (WHP) Federation’s advisors consider that building 300 homes on the Coventry Lane playing fields to be enabling development – this much is not news. However they also consider development for housing on the current site of the Bramcote School to be enabling development too. Yes, they talk about 40+ new homes on that site.
The harm is clear enough. Housing on the Bramcote School site. A figure of 40 homes or more has been mentioned in correspondence between WHP advisors and County Council officials. This would change the character of the area, reduce options on where to redevelop a leisure centre in Bramcote and fly in the face of the Broxtowe Councillors’ decision to allocate that land for educational or leisure uses. That is also the site that the Bramcote residents most want to see developed for a new leisure centre before or at the same time as any school building.
So what might the benefits of building 40 or more houses on the Bramcote School site be? Principally building those homes it seems would raise some £2million for the County Council so it can expand Bramcote Hills Primary School to accommodate extra children from all the new housing in the area.
So because WHP cannot afford to build its new buildings, it wants Notts County Council to gift it land to raise the £20 million for the new buildings. And, because of the extra children, Bramcote Hills Primary School will need to be expanded. And to pay for this, Notts County Council needs to sell the site of the Bramcote School for housing.
I wonder when the councils involved were planning to tell us?
Perhaps it is time not only for Public land in public hands but also for state schools in public hands!
The Independent Candidate for bramcote & Beeston North.
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