Our green spaces and our communities are part of what makes Rushcliffe such a great place to live.
Protecting both are important priorities for me. Whilst we need to build more homes if our children are to have the opportunity we did of getting on the housing ladder, we need to make sure that future development prioritises brownfield land and does not destroy the character of our rural communities. I raise these issues regularly with Ministers in the Minister of Housing.
That’s why I made detailed submissions to the Government’s consultation on planning last year and to the Greater Nottingham Strategic Plan, arguing for stronger protections for greenfield land and new infrastructure to be built before new homes. I have also worked to protect hugely valued local groups and places that distinguish Rushcliffe as a unique and special place. For example, I worked with West Bridgford Colts and Rushcliffe Borough Council to make the Colts’ ground an Asset of Community Value, and supporting the campaign to allocate Wilford Field near Compton Acres a local nature reserve, strengthening protections from future development.