Potton community set to fight developer’s appeal over 80 homes plan

A plan of how the development would look. Picture: Hollins Strategic Land

A plan of how the development would look. Picture: Hollins Strategic Land


Neighbours in Potton are set to fight an appeal from a developer hoping to build 80 houses on the south-eastern edge of the town.

Central Bedfordshire Council last year turned down a planning application from Hollins Strategic Land for 80 homes on the west side of Sutton Road, near where it meets Bury Hill.

The council said at the time that it was opposed to the development because it would “cause harm to the character and appearance of the area by extending built environment into the countryside”, and “would appear incongruous and out of character”.

It added: “In addition, the proposal would fail to provide any net gain in terms of green infrastructure or biodiversity, which is expected given the site lies in the Greensand Nature Improvement Area.”

Council Beds Council is set to defend its decision, and has forwarded all public comments made on the application to the Planning Inspectorate ahead of its decision.

These comments will be considered by the inspector determining the appeal. It is also possible to put in fresh comments, or for those who have made submissions to amend them or put forward new observations.

Councillor Adam Zerny, who represents Potton as an independent on the Conservative-controlled council, said: “This decision was strongly opposed by local residents and by Central Beds Council.

“Apparently the developer thinks it knows better. I’m certain many will be writing to the inspector to support CBC’s decision.”

There will be a public inquiry that residents can ask to attend.

If you would like to make further comments, modify or withdraw your represenation, or attend the public inquiry, go to gov.uk/appeal-planning-decision/comment-on-an-appeal or email kerr.brown@pins.gsi.gov.uk.

You can also send post to The Planning Inspectorate, 3/0 Kite wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol BS1 6PN, quoting appeal reference APP/P0240/W/17/3190687.

The deadline for representations to be received is February 22.

You can also submit a representation through the Planning Inspectorate’s website at acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk. Look up the appeal reference quoted above.

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