Housing minister warns council over green belt development

Housing minister Esther McVey has written to a council in Nottinghamshire “seeking assurances” over its future planning ambitions after a planning inspector approved the council’s plans to develop on its green belt.

The letter, which was sent last week to Broxtowe Borough Council  and made public by the government on Tuesday, suggests that the council should engage with civil servants to overcome any challenges to building on previously used sites.

The area’s local plan was submitted to the secretary of state for examination last year and the planning inspector’s report was published this week.

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