Arlesey Town Council will not back proposals for houses at Blue Lagoon, says mayor
PROPOSALS for a large housing estate close to the notorious Blue Lagoon in Arlesey will be opposed by the local council. The proposals by a developer working for lagoon owner and farmer Tim Wilson and another farmer Phillip Papworth are currently being
PROPOSALS for a large housing estate close to the notorious Blue Lagoon in Arlesey will be opposed by the local council.
The proposals by a developer working for lagoon owner and farmer Tim Wilson and another farmer Phillip Papworth are currently being considered by a Government inspector along with over 400 other applications for developments as part of Central Bedfordshire's Local Development Framework.
The Blue Lagoon blueprint also contains proposals for a country park.
But Arlesey mayor Cllr Hugh Harper is adamant the town council will not support the plans for houses and if they are given Government support the council will object.
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"We will not be supporting proposals for around 450 homes because they are not for the benefit of Arlesey and would just create more congestion in the town," said Cllr Harper.
"The housing proposals would conflict with Central Beds proposals to build 1,000 homes on land at the north end of the town by A507 and then down the railway line to Chase Hill and we are supporting this.
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"It is these proposals that would benefit Arlesey more than those at the Blue Lagoon.
"The land where 1,000 homes could be built is now owned by Central Beds and the plans will include a new school and shopping centre which Arlesey needs.
"We believe this is the best way forward for Arlesey to have a new town centre infrastructure but as a town council we would support any moves to make the Blue Lagoon safer."
Mr Wilson said: "I would be delighted if our proposals were accepted but we will have to wait and see what happens.
"We are in a recession so carrying this plan forward has its problems."
Since 2001 five people, including three children when a car plunged off a cliff into the water, have drowned at the lagoon.