Gove sets out proposals for greener developments

The government is consulting on mandating biodiversity net gain in development to ensure habitats are protected and enhanced for the future.

Developers could be required to deliver a ‘biodiversity net gain’ when building new housing or commercial development. Meaning habitats for wildlife must be enhanced and left in a measurably better state than they were pre-development.

The proposed new rules require developers to assess the type of habitat and its condition before submitting plans.

Marston Valley campaigners told planned new homes cannot be moved

Campaigners are calling for Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) to take advantage of Milton Keynes Council’s revised development plan.

They say that if Milton Keynes’ bid to build a new road bridge over the M1 is successful, it would release the potential of sites to the west of Cranfield. These, they say, would benefit from public transport links directly into Milton Keynes.

The campaigners believe that this would make more sense than building a huge 5,000 settlement right in the heart of the Community Forest of Marston Vale. An area which would have no direct access onto strategic roads or public transport.

James Brokenshire appoints new Homes England board member

James Brokenshire appoints new Homes England board member

Communities Secretary has appointed Duncan Sutherland to the board of Homes England, as the agency continues role in making the housing market work for everyone

Communities Secretary: “building better and beautiful will deliver more homes”

James Brokenshire: “building better and beautiful will deliver more homes” – New commission announced to champion beauty in the built environment

The Communities Secretary, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, has launched a commission to champion beautiful buildings as an integral part of the drive to build the homes communities need.

The ‘Building Better, Building Beautiful’ Commission will investigate measures to help ensure new developments meet the needs and expectations of communities. This is to make them more likely to be welcomed rather than resisted.

Petition started to halt the Oxford-Cambridge Expressway and its associated developments

Petition started to halt the Oxford-Cambridge Expressway and its associated developments

Petitioner claims expressway and a million new homes would be “disastrous”

Elaine Cox created her petition after she read an article claiming that Oxford – Cambridge Corridor decisions would be made behind closed doors.

Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterway Trust is looking for volunteers

The Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterway Trust is calling for volunteers from Marston Vale to help to
deliver a waterway linking the Grand Union Canal in Milton Keynes to the Great Ouse in Bedford.

The volunteers would help to shape and promote the waterway.

But is the Trust worried that by taking money from controversial developments, such as the Covanta Energy Recovery Facility, that residents would oppose the waterway?

Cllr Jamieson: The Local Plan will prevent ad-hoc developments in Central Beds

Central Bedfordshire Council’s Local Plan is with the Inspector. The council leader, councillor Jamieson says that it is important that the inspector approves it, otherwise residents in Central Beds will be subject to ad-hoc planning applications

Marston Valley could bring 5000 new homes to Marston Vale. Photo by Fancycrave on Unsplash

Marston Valley News and information

Marston Valley is a 20 year plan to bring 5,000 new homes and community facilities to Marston Vale, Bedfordshire.

Opposed by local campaign groups and part of Central Bedfordshire Council’s Local Plan, Marston Valley News keeps you up to date with the planning application.

The Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford corridor

The Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford corridor (or Oxford – Cambridge Corridor) is to solve what is seen as a chronic undersupply of homes made worse by poor east-west transport connectivity.

Reports say that two of the least affordable cities in the UK lie within the corridor, and the area as a whole has consistently failed to build the number of homes it needs.