Community groups hand petition to Central Beds Council to protest against the Local Plan

Communities come together to challenge council’s building plan

Community representatives from across Central Bedfordshire descended on the Council’s offices in Chicksands to hand-deliver letters and petitions to Central Beds Council officers.

The Communities represented were from Lidlington, Marston Moretaine, Ridgemont, Aspley Guise, Barton Le Clay, Arlesey, Biggleswade, Sutton, Potton, Toddington and Tempsford.

The submission included comments and objections from residents and stakeholders.

Potton Residents for Sustainable Growth spokesperson, Matt Givertz, said:

“The fight continues to show Central Bedfordshire Council that their Local Plan is not properly considered, sound, or competent.”

An additional 20,000 houses

The Local Plan proposes to build a further 20,000 houses in addition to the 23,000 already being built or with planning permission.

Givertz said:

“It has been rushed out to meet Government deadlines without proper considered thought on sustainability, environmental impact and appropriate development.

“Opposition is building throughout the Borough and as residents feel commenting on the Plan via the online feedback form is time consuming and difficult, we decided to start a simple petition that people can sign and to hand-deliver it to ensure it cannot be ignored”

 

Rob Booth, from the Lidlington Action Group, said:

“The Council’s Local Plan would lead to a level of development which the local population don’t need, won’t benefit from, and which we have told them we don’t want.”

Rob said that the group isn’t opposed to building homes people need.

“But they should be built in the right places, at a scale which is more sympathetic to existing villages and towns and avoids unnecessary loss of countryside and traffic congestion.”

“The Council’s Plan is clearly flawed. It is unjustified, unsustainable and unfair. In our view, no plan is better than a bad plan and we hope the Planning Inspector will ask the Council to think again.”

The group was expecting to hand the 560 signatures to Sue Miller, the Project officer for the Council. However, she was unable to accept them in person.

The public consultation ends on the 22nd February. The plan will then be submitted to the Government’s Planning Inspector at the end of March.