Category: Houghton Conquest

Wixam Park planning application submitted following public consultation

Following a public consultation in 2020, O&H, the master developer, has submitted an outline planning application to Central Bedfordshire Council for the development of Wixam Park. The planning application is for up to 1,200 dwellings of a mix a sizes, types, and tenures, including an elderly care facility and provision for affordable housing.

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Pioneering rehab helps paralysed mum-of-three from Houghton Conquest gain confidence in her ‘new body’ following riding accident

On 29 September 2018, life changed in an instant for Sarah Wilson, 35, from Houghton Conquest, as she fell from her horse while out riding on the farm where she lives.

Despite wearing protection, Sarah had broken her neck in the one-inch gap between the bottom of her hat and the top of her body protector, leaving her paralysed from the chest down.

She needed emergency surgery and then following complications was placed into a coma for several weeks.

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Consultation on proposals for delivering Wixam Park

Residents from Houghton Conquest, Wixams and the wider Central Bedfordshire area are being asked to submit their thoughts on proposals by O&H Land, for a new community that could see up to 1,200 new homes along with education and community facilities, employment and large public and green spaces.

The developers said that the vision for Wixam Park is to deliver a ‘sustainable community’ that will link residents to the future Countryside Park – an area of green open space, available to the public and designed to promote biodiversity.

The site is located to the south of the new settlement of Wixams, which is working to deliver around 4,500 new homes in Bedfordshire. Wixams is the single largest development in Bedfordshire, and Wixam Park will increase its capacity by up to 1,200 more homes under these proposals.

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Bird keepers urged to prepare for winter Avian Flu threat

The Chief Veterinary Officers across the UK are encouraging all poultry keepers to take action now to reduce the risk of disease in their birds over the winter.

There are some simple measures that all poultry keepers, whether they are running a large commercial farm, keeping a few hens in their back garden, or rearing game birds, should take to protect their birds against the threat of avian influenza (bird flu) in the coming winter months.

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“Give Covanta a bloody nose”

At a Rookery South Community Energy Initiative (RSCEI) presentation to Cranfield Parish Council Councillor Robert Morris, ward councillor for Cranfield and Marston Moretaine, urged residents to sign up to the scheme.

He said:
“I strongly recommend that people apply for the scheme

“Because every penny that comes from this means that it’s a penny less that Covanta will have in their pockets.

“You are, technically, giving them a bloody nose by taking the money.”

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Sounds Familiar Community Choir is looking for new members

Do you like singing for fun?
Following its post-Christmas break, the Sounds Familiar Community Choir will re-commence rehearsals on Tuesday, February 5th at 7.30p.m at Cranfield Baptist church.

The choir, which sings for fun and for charity, is looking out for new members, particularly of the male variety! No audition is needed. Being able to read music not essential either.

Either pop along and meet them on the 5th, or contact the musical director, Jean Lloyd, on 01234 751495 or 07793 074911.

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Houghton Conquest planning application approved

Central Bedfordshire Council’s (CBC) Development Management Committee has voted (9 Janaury 2019) to approve Keir Living’s application to increase the number of homes at its Meadow Croft development.

The proposal was for a net increase of 20 dwellings to that which had already been approved. Seven affordable homes were part of the allocation. CBC’s planning officer said that this change increased the housing density on this part of the existing development from 19 dwellings per hectare to 40 dwellings.

The overall housing density of the development will increase from 14.92 to 17.3.

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