Fairfield Parish Council reiterates opposition to traveller plan as consultation reopens

Aerial view of the site south of Fairfield and west of Stotfold Road

Aerial view of the site south of Fairfield and west of Stotfold Road - Credit: Archant

A parish council has reiterated its opposition to a proposed traveller site following the launch of another public consultation on the matter.

In response to Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) opening a full public consultation on its Gypsy and Traveller Local Plan last week, Fairfield Parish Council has voiced its opposition to a proposed 10-pitch site, west of Stotfold Road.

Parish council chairman Barry Dack said a 90-page document opposing the development will be resubmitted.

He said: “The site is an extremely bad place to build on for reasons outlined in our report.

“If built the road outside the site would become an accident blackspot because it has a concealed entrance. To add to this the area is prone to flooding.

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“You have also got to consider that local services would be totally inadequate to cater for the extra residents.”

A consultation held last year on the same issue led CBC to amend its plans for some of the sites. However others, including the one in Fairfield, have been left untouched.

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The amended plan identifies where CBC would prefer to see travellers accommodated up to 2031.

Cllr Nigel Young, executive member for strategic planning and economic development at CBC, said: “We listened to what residents said in our last round of consultation and have made changes to the plan as a result.

“What we want to do now is make sure everyone has had the chance to have their say. If you made a representation last time around and haven’t got anything new or different to say now, that will still count and go forward to the secretary of state.

“But if you have something new you would like to comment on, please do so before March 31 so we can compile everything and pass it on.”

? Another application that proposes to expand an existing gipsy site, the Twin Acres on Hitchin Road, is being considered by CBC.

Arlesey Town Council leader Nick Daniels said: “If Central Beds Council decides to allow this application to be resubmitted we will oppose the site’s expansion.”

The consultation, which runs for six weeks, closes on March 31.

Residents can have their say by visiting www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/gypsytravellerplan

Alternatively, a response form is available by emailing ldf@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk or calling 0300 300 8307.

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