Housing plan could affect ‘whole of Central Bedfordshire’

Land adjacent to Millenium Meadow

Land adjacent to Millenium Meadow - Credit: Archant

OBJECTIONS were raised over plans to build 93 homes on privately-owned land at a special meeting last night (Monday).

Henlow parish councillors and more than 50 members of the public attended the meeting at Henlow Parish Hall on Monday to discuss plans for land adjacent to Millenium Meadow, proposed by Gladman Developments Ltd.

Audience members cheered and applauded when resident Richard Moore referred to the plans as being “motivated by personal greed and personal gain”.

He was followed by fellow resident Ian Taylor, who said: “When a questionnaire was delivered to people in this community, it was found that only 10% of them were in favour of any development.

“This village has already had its fair share of development and it does not need any more.”

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Councillors said they would officially object to the plans, although a decision will ultimately be made by Central Bedfordshire Council.

Speaking at the meeting, parish councillor Terry Phillips said: “This is an issue that does not just affect Henlow but the whole of Central Bedfordshire. This is going to be a very long race.”

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Council chairman Steve Dixon told residents and fellow councillors he would be writing to leaders of neighbouring councils and requesting they join in objecting to Gladman’s plans.

“If we are going to be able to prevent this, we will need all the support we can get,” he said.

“I advise everyone here to tell 10 people to voice their concerns. If each of those 10 then asked the same of a further five people, we would quickly hold a substantial resistance.”

He added: “If we are to be successful in opposing these plans then we must not give them (Gladman) any room to move. Aesthetic preferences aside, we must make sure more practical issues like traffic and sustainability are at the forefront of our argument.”

Gladman Developments LTD were unavailable for comment.

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