Sutton house row could rumble on

NMAC11-0465-1''Residents of Searby Road on the Sutton Junction Estate are unhappy after a Liberal Demacrat leaflet was put through their doors stating that the current Labour council are forcing through plans to build hundreds of houses behind the estate.
NMAC11-0465-1''Residents of Searby Road on the Sutton Junction Estate are unhappy after a Liberal Demacrat leaflet was put through their doors stating that the current Labour council are forcing through plans to build hundreds of houses behind the estate.
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A SUTTON councillor has criticised a ‘misleading’ Lib Dem leaflet saying that hundreds of houses will be built near Sutton Junction.

Nottinghamshire County Councillor Steve Carroll said that residents were left ‘upset’ by the leaflet’s claims - which states that the Labour-controlled District Council are ‘forcing through plans to build hundreds of houses’.

Early last year, Sutton Junction residents launched a campaign to stop up to 1,000 homes being built close to Sutton Parkway.

But the plans, which formed part of the previous Labour Government’s housing targets, were shelved in June last year.

At the time, Ashfield District Council Leader John Knight said that development needed to be ‘handled gradually and symathetically’.

Coun Carroll said: “Because it was so contentious a year ago, it has already upset quite a few people. I spoke to the leader of Ashfield District Council and he said there is absolutely no truth in this whatsoever.

“It is absolute nonsense to suggest that houses are going to be built there. No application has been received from anyone and the situation is as it was.”

But Leader of the Ashfield Liberal Democrats Jason Zadrozny says that while the previous Government had said authorities must build houses, the new Coalition could pay them a New Homes Bonus instead which will come into force next financial year.

He added that the council’s budget includes plans to build 467 new homes until 2026.

He says: “To hit these targets, they would still need to take every allocation they had before which includes Sutton Junction.

“It has not gone away and people need to keep lobbying.

Resident Peter Smith, from the Sutton Junction Residents’ Association, said: “It did cause me to start speaking to people all over again and start trying to check this out once again.

“Steve Carroll has always said that he doesn’t want this to go ahead and he would fight it tooth and nail. Jason has also said he will give us support to fight the possibility of it starting up again.

“We would like to see the land returned to greenbelt and I have no real reason to change my thinking on that.”

“They may have a plan to find something else - but it has not been identified. It (the Sutton Junction site) is not definite - but they are definitely budgeting for the same number of houses. We have got lots of derelict sites - we should not be doing what’s easiest but what’s right.”