Rushcliffe Borough Council has adopted its Local Plan Part 2 that outlines key housing allocations in the Borough over the next decade.
Central government requires the Borough to build 13,150 new homes by 2028 and non-strategic housing designations to assist this have now been passed following a vote by councillors at a Full Council meeting on Tuesday (October 8).
It includes policies and proposals for housing, Green Belt, employment, retail, open spaces and nature conservation.
The sites could deliver 3,200 of the new homes in Bunny, Cotgrave, Cropwell Bishop, East Bridgford, Gotham, Keyworth, Radcliffe-on-Trent, Ruddington and Sutton Bonington.
The Council’s Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Housing Cllr Roger Upton said: “The adopted plan provides new housing, employment and other development opportunities across the Borough.
“The Inspector determined the plan is sound and legally compliant and I am pleased after such a lengthy process it is now adopted.
“We can now look to meet the government’s demands as we are among the local authority areas in the region to build a significantly higher volume of homes. It will also mean we can further improve our five-year housing supply.
“The plan addresses the importance of trees in the Borough, with policies in place to protect against the loss of mature trees and woodland from development.
“There are other policies within the plan that relate to the natural and built environments. In particular it seeks to ensure that new development contributes to the enhancement of the green infrastructure and biodiversity network across Rushcliffe.”
Rod Jones, Liberal Democrat Councillor on Rushcliffe Borough Council commented:
“The Core Plan means that Rushcliffe has to grow by 28% by 2028 but provision of transport, schools and GP services are not growing by 28%. The Lib Dem group has called for the relevant authorities to wake up and plan better provision.
“Sadly, we have to live with the planning requirement for more than 13,000 dwellings by 2028. Reluctantly Liberal Democrat Councillors voted in favour of this Part 2 Plan because failure to adopt it will expose us to more unwanted speculative building.”
Rushcliffe Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate Jason Billin added: “If we accept the need for these new homes, let’s call on the Government to make sure these buildings are environmentally fit for the future. If cities such as Norwich can insist on this, we all can. If we don’t, there is no way either the Government or the Borough Council will meet their carbon neutral targets.”