Brockworth green belt campaigners vow to continue Joint Core Strategy fight
DEFIANT residents have vowed to keep fighting plans for the proposed Perrybrook development in Brockworth.
Save Brockworth Green Belt is still fully committed to preserving the land and will challenge the draft Joint Core Strategy, which seeks to approve plans for thousands of new homes.
Tewkesbury Borough, Cheltenham Borough and Gloucester City councils have recently held their consultation meetings on the JCS and although the draft plan was finally accepted, there was intense argument with many members questioning the robustness of the evidence and numbers used.
Since Tuesday, the draft plan of the strategy, along with Tewkesbury's own local plan, has been approved for public viewing is availeble to residents through a number of road show events.
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Rita Fix, a member of Save Brockworth Green Belt, said: "It is crucial that people do go along to see what future development is being proposed for our region, in order that they make their responses before the deadline of November 26."
She added: "We wish to emphasise this is still only a draft document and people's opinions matter."
The Brockworth event will be held on Thursday, November 7 at the Community Centre, from 5.30pm-8pm.
Before this, Save Brockworth Green Belt will hold a public meeting on Friday, November 1, at St George's Church Centre, Court Road, starting at 6pm.
The purpose of this meeting will be to provide background, give the latest information and answer questions so people can respond to the plans in the most informed way possible. The group hopes to have speakers in support of the cause.
Rita said: "Ninteen thousand dwellings have already been granted planning permission in this area, which is 55 per cent of the proposed need but no start has been made on building them so the Green Belt is at risk for no good reason.
"We are asking that people make a stand and ask searching questions. We need them to be there."
Janet Thomas, another member of Save Brockworth Green Belt, said: "The Joint Core Strategy is at the draft stage and the public have been asked to comment as part of the public consultation process."
She added: "This public consultation is very important.
"It is vital that as many people as possible express their views. Many areas of Green Belt land are threatened, not just Brockworth."
There is a strong groundswell of opinion opposed to building on Green Belt land and against the document as a whole. Many councillors voted against the plans in September, stating that the document was flawed and there was a lack of robust evidence within it.
In total, it will mean 33,000 new homes for the county if it is signed off.
The final JCS is scheduled to be submitted to the Secretary of State in 2014 for examination followed by adoption.
The councils have said it would provide a clear development strategy for Gloucester, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury until 2031.