Shefford housing concerns fall on “deaf ears”

CONCERNS about a housing development have fallen on “deaf ears” after a council passed controversial building plans.

Last week Central Beds Council passed plans to allow developers, Bovis Homes to build 85 residential and commercial premises on Bridge Farm on land east of Ivel Road in Shefford – leaving opponents concerned about the town’s infrastructure disappointed.

Susan Beard of Churchill Way who represented the opposition group at Wednesday’s development and management committee meeting said: “It didn’t appear that the committee wanted to listen to the community and it’s a real shame because we just wanted some of our concerns to be discussed. Our concerns fell on deaf ears and it seemed that the decision to pass the plans was already made before the meeting.

“If that is democracy then I was very surprised.”

The group argued Shefford does not have the infrastructure to support a new community of the size proposed citing insufficient pupil places at local schools, electricity supply and sewage system.


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Fellow opponent Shefford Town Councillor, Paul Makin said: “What we were looking for was for the developers to take into account our concerns. It seems that the developers win each time and the community is left with picking up the pieces once they have made their money and left.”

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