Arlesey residents urged to have their say on 1,000 homes plan

Residents are being urged to complete a survey about a development which includes plans for 1,000 ho

Residents are being urged to complete a survey about a development which includes plans for 1,000 homes - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

A SURVEY has been launched to gauge public opinion on a proposed housing development in Arlesey.

The Voice of Arlesey group, which launched last year, would like as many residents as possible to complete its survey.

The group is made up of residents who would like to be kept informed of the process and have the opportunity to voice concerns.

“What we are aiming to do is establish how the development has gone so far, as it is surprising how many people do not know about it,” said a group spokesman.

“If such a development goes ahead we want to ensure that the views of the residents are taken into account.”

The development is part of Central Bedfordshire’s housing development strategy, with plans to build to the west and east of the High Street.

Proposals include 1,000 new homes as well as retail units and one small supermarket, a new school and a new town centre.

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Nick Daniels, chairman of Arlesey Town Council, said although the concept and strategy had been signed off, residents could still have their say on how the development takes shape.

“These developments can take seven to eight years before actual building work begins,” he said.

“We are probably looking at 18 months to two years from now depending on how consultations go.

“If the development takes place in the way it was designed, it will transform Arlesey. It will give it a status and infrastructure which the town has never had in the past, as well as alleviating a lot of problems in the high street with a relief road.

“It would be an opportunity for Arlesey to move in the 21st century otherwise it will remain a poor relation.”

To complete the survey, which closes on Sunday, March 24, go to www.dotsurvey.me/341o3g5b-87d9p56

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