Work on controversial housing development set to start

A PROPOSED housing development which was objected to by villagers and a parish council is set to start taking shape shortly.

In February, planning permission for the demolition of residential care home Scyttels Court, on Vicarage Close in Shillington, and the erection of 13 homes was granted by Central Bedfordshire Council.

The green light was given despite village residents and members of Shillington Parish Council objecting to the proposal, with concerns including the displacement of people who lived at Scyttels Court.

Developer Grand Union Housing Group (GUHG) has now announced that work on the site in due to start soon.

The developer claims the homes will be the most energy efficient it has ever built, with features including high levels of insulation.

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Dave Lakin, head of business development at GUHG, said: “We are very aware of the pressure on household incomes and the impact increasing energy costs have for our residents.

“The new homes we are building are highly efficient and demonstrate our desire to invest in sustainable approaches that bring real benefits for the residents.”

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These new homes - a mix of two and three-bedroom houses and a bungalow - will be provided for affordable rent and shared ownership.

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