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CPRE Bedfordshire objects to unsustainable housing plans at Flitton and Greenfield

Tuesday, 15 December 2015 13:47

Housing applications submitted for Flitton and Greenfield. 

Flitton and Greenfield, two small villages near Flitwick with a large Conservation Area and abutting Flitwick Moor, were facing two 'hostile' applications for development - a total of more than 40 houses. These houses would have been built in areas outside of the village envelope and in 'open' countryside. The developments would also have resulted in an amalgamation of the two villages in a way that contradicted the intentions expressed in their emerging Neighbourhood Plan.  

Following the withdrawal of the CBC Development Strategy in November, developers were relying on the 'presumption in favour of sustainable development' contained within the National Planning Policy Framework. CPRE sought to challenge that claim and based their opposition on the fact that the sites did not constitute sustainable development within the terms of the NPPF for environmental, social and economic reasons. 

CPRE maintained that these sites would be damaging to the environment and the countryside - one of them falling within the protected site of Flitwick Moor and the other on the site of an ancient orchard and important habitats for wildlife. There is a lack of transport within the village and no suitable footpaths to the nearby town of Flitwick: this would lead to reliance on cars for all purposes, including commuting to and from work. There would be no economic benefit to Flitton and Greenfield from such an expansion of housing, particularly as CBC has no Community Infrastructure Levy in place. Part of this charge would normally go directly to the Community affected by a development.

A PDF copy of our objection can be downloaded below. 


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