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Wixam Park consultation received 62 responses

Following a public consultation (27 October to 10 November 2020) O&H, landowner and master developer, has submitted an outline planning application with all matters reserved except access, to Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) 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.

As part of public consultation on the proposals, residents at Wixams and surrounding villages (including Houghton Conquest and Ampthill) were asked to submit their thoughts on the proposals for the Wixam Park development, which falls on land to the South of Wixams.

In total, 62 responses were received via the consultation website

The developer said that the majority of responses were supportive of the provision of education, sustainable transport options and biodiversity on site. Specifically, 71% of respondents stated their support for the provision of land for the delivery of a two-form entry primary school on site.

While 76% of respondents supported the provision of dedicated walking and cycle routes to promote sustainable transport options.

The provision of open space on the site was increased following feedback from the consultation to 26 hectares, with 85% of respondents agreeing that the consideration of biodiversity in new developments was important. The final proposals include plans to plant new trees, as well as retain the existing woodland and pond areas that are of high ecological value.

Residents encouraged to comment about the application

Tobin Rickets, O&H’s director, said:

“We were pleased with the positive response to our consultation from the local community and look forward to progressing through the planning application process with CBC.

“Wixam Park would form a logical extension to the ongoing delivery of the Wixams community, helping to support housing need in the area. We have developed the proposals for Wixam Park over several years and are fully committed to consulting with all stakeholders as the proposals progress.

“We encourage residents to continue sending feedback via email, post, or phone. Any feedback received at this stage will inform the wider development process.”

Residents can access the application information, reference CB/21/00148/OUT, via the CBC website. Residents are encouraged to comment on the application via the planning portal.

Any further comments can be sent directly to wixampark@oandh.com or call freephone 0800 368 7312.

If you are unable to access these platforms, postal comments can also be received at:

Wixam Park Project Team,

Snapdragon at PLMR,

Church House,

29 Great Smith Street,

London, SW1P 3BL.