Dunton Lane travellers’ site near Biggleswade gets green light from planners

The Dunton Lane proposal, approved by Central Beds Councils development management committee on Wedn

The Dunton Lane proposal, approved by Central Beds Councils development management committee on Wednesday, will now be considered by the Department for Communities and Local Government. - Credit: Archant

A proposed travellers’ site near Biggleswade has been given the green light by planners despite more than 100 objections.

The Dunton Lane proposal, approved by Central Beds Council’s development management committee on Wednesday, will now be considered by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

The plan, submitted by the council’s housing department, is for a site including 10 permanent pitches with studio buildings, two transit pitches with studio buildings, a site manager’s office and a sewage treatment plant.

Biggleswade Town Council raised no objections to the plan, but Dunton Parish Council was strongly critical, calling the site “simply the wrong location for development”.

Independent councillor Adam Zerny, of Potton, has been vocal in his opposition, citing the lack of educational and healthcare facilities, the lack of pavements to nearby settlements, the fact that there have been 110 objections from councillors and members of the public, and other factors.


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“The decision to locate a site here represents very poor judgement by Central Beds Council,” said Mr Zerny.

“To use their own jargon the site is ‘completely unsustainable’, and I hope the government will now recognise this.”

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Mr Zerny has spoken to the Department for Communities and Local Government, which has said it will consider whether to review the case.

Mr Zerny said: “The DCLG may not make a quick decision and we understand the local community only has a limited amount of time to pursue other legal options such as a judicial review or High Court review – so good legal advice is needed now.

“There are a group of Dunton residents prepared to try and fight for such a review, but they need your help. They are looking for funding and legal advice.

“Please drop me a line as soon as possible, if you can help – it might be the difference between accepting or fighting off this application.”

To have your say on the application you can contact Mr Zerny at adamzerny@hotmail.co.uk.

Alternatively contact the DCLG case worker Karen Rose at karen.rose@communities.gsi.gov.uk, quoting reference MPCU/RTI/P0240/76556.

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