Brockworth councillors to meet with greenbelt developers
'KNOW thy enemy' is the stance taken by Brockworth councillors who have decided to finally meet with greenbelt developers.
On Wednesday night they slammed a planning application by Hunter Page to build 1,500 homes on land off Mill Lane.
They said the planning agents was trying to 'force the issue' before the Joint Core Strategy was finalised.
It will set out which land in Gloucester, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury should be built on in the next 20 years to cope with a housing shortage.
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The council has been against the Perrybrook estate in Brockworth from the start and say the loss of greenbelt land would be 'criminal'.
At the meeting they agreed measures to try and fight it.
They will meet with Hunter Page within the next few weeks after keeping their distance for more than a year to avoid validating the plans in any way.
Borough councillor Vince Perez said:"It is a double-edge sword because they have to prove they have consulted with the community so it will tick a box in that sense but if you don't you could be missing out on information."
He said by learning more the council could 'inflict some injuries' during the war against the plans, such as getting buildings scaled back.
They also agreed to write to planning minister Eric Pickles lobbying him to release Ministry of Defence land at Ashchurch, in Tewkesbury where 2,100 homes could be built, easing the pressure on other areas and potentiaslly saving their greenbelt.
A working group has also been set up to look whether to spend £20,000 creating a neighbourhood plan as a way of protecting village land.
The outline planning application is still being validated by Tewkesbury.
View details at www.perrybrook.co.uk
A public exhibition of the plans will also be held by campaign group Save Brockworth Greenbelt at Brockworth Community Centre on January 16 from 5pm to 7pm.