Keir Living Houghton Conquest will see an increase in homes

Application was for a net increase of 20 dwellings

Central Bedfordshire Council‘s (CBC) Development Management Committee has voted (9 January 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.

Parish council objected

Houghton Conquest’s Parish Council objected to the application on the basis that it represents over-development of the site. Also, it felt that the increase in housing would put further strain on the amenities and services in the village, as well as increasing traffic locally.

The Parish Council did not have a representative at the meeting.

Ian Mitchell, from Kier Living told the committee that the application was to replace 17 mostly large 4/5 bedroom homes with 37 smaller ones.

He added that the change would make the development more suited to first time buyers, young families looking for their second home, or those that are looking to downsize

It would also change two private sale bungalows to affordable ones.

After discussing observations made by the Highways Officer and clarifying the use of visitor parking spaces, the committee voted to approve the application.