Housing pressures prompt Midlands planning expansion

Written by: Jez Abbott
Published on: 4 May 2016

Stanton Housing pressures have prompted a Midlands council to look to increase its policy team from four to five planners.

Erewash Borough Council planning policy manager Adam Reddish told Planning: “It has been quite fraught in the last few months in terms of workload and housing demand.

“We have one large site, Stanton (pictured), for about 2,000 homes and 25 hectares of employment land. But we are in a pressured situation, trying to find enough land for housing.

“About 70 per cent of land is green belt bordering Nottingham and Derby and we have to balance meeting our growth requirements and protecting the green belt.”

The council is looking to recruit a planning officer in policy.

As well as Stanton, the team was working to ensure “we get the best deal locally” from the High Speed Two rail link which is due to pass through the town of Long Eaton, Reddish said.

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