The situation has arisen as a consequence of the owners of the land closing the access. The owners, Lawns Co, believe they have the right to close the access, and have done so to put pressure on Broxtowe Borough Council to grant planning permission for a housing development. An application for such was turned down by Broxtowe Borough Council's Planning Committee. The land is in the green belt and protected from development under current policies. This will not prevent the owners putting in further applications for development.
My own view is that Broxtowe Borough Council made the right decision to turn down the planning application and that the subsequent closure of the route by the owners cannot be justified. The evidence regarding long term use is overwhelming and the route should be reopened as soon as possible. As a county councillor for the area, I will do all I can to support the Bramcote Conservation Society in their efforts to restore access through this land.