‘The room was unanimous’ – Potton people call for judicial review of Sandy Road housing plans

Potton town councillor Peter Langridge.

Potton town councillor Peter Langridge. - Credit: Archant

The people of Potton came together on Monday night and made a clear decision to go on resisting the plan to build 90 new homes off Sandy Road by pursuing a judicial review.

Central Beds Council approved the application to build the new estate back in September, despite opposition from numerous quarters – including Potton Town Council.

And after the Department for Communities and Local Government decided not to call in the decision, a packed town council meeting at the Mill Lane Pavilion unanimously backed calling for a judicial review.

Town councillor Peter Langridge told the Comet: “Central Beds have looked at the plans individually so they can make up the numbers, but not at the impact on the whole town.

“Everybody understands Potton’s got to grow and will grow – but here we’re getting a huge estate bolted onto Potton, and no support from Central Beds. The room was unanimous we should go about getting a judicial review.”

The town council lacks the cash to fund this, but Mr Langridge said it would be looking at ways it could lend support.

Central Beds councillor for Potton Adam Zerny added: “The Potton residents’ group has my full support in pursuing this judicial review.

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“This planning application is completely inappropriate and I’d like to see the government and Central Bedfordshire Council completely rethink what they are doing approving so many new housing estates in rural areas.”

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