Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Planning Matters: Town Council to Object to 2 Housing Developments in Bedford Rd - New Take-Away for Tithe Farm

Houghton Regis Town Council last night objected once again to two applications for housing developments that together would have provided up to 231 new homes on two sites. And there was news that a take-away in Tithe Farm Rd had been granted permission to go ahead.

Representatives from Hunter Page Planning attended the meeting to talk about their proposed development for up to 62 homes in a meadow behind the old Red Lion public house in Bedford Road, Houghton Regis. Councillors quizzed the representatives on predicted impact on local highways, the potential for land flooding, and the need for this land to be developed at all, when the overall redevelopment plans for the area had designated Bidwell as a quiet hamlet entrance to the town. A recorded vote was taken and members of the committee unanimously voted against the scheme. To view this application online, go to http://is.gd/cbcplanning enter 14/03047 in the search box, and follow the links.

In considering the application from Taylor Wimpey for up to 169 new homes east of Bedford Rd, west of Churchfield Rd, opposite the old Red Lion public house, councillors resolved to uphold their earlier objections, that it was not in accordance with the Houghton Regis Strategic Urban Extension Plan. would conflict with the Framework plan, and emphasising their concern over highways movements, and the small size of the proposed roundabout. To view this application online, go to http://is.gd/cbcplanning enter 14/03056 in the search box, and follow the links.

A take-away in Tithe Farm Road has received permission despite earlier objections by the Town Council. "Construction of a new shop for hot food take away (A5) at 145 Tithe Farm Road For:  Sandhersons Newsagents" was considered by the Town Council on 24th September. Tithe Farm Central Bedfordshire Councillor, Peter Williams addressed the Town Council, to express his disappointment that his objections, including data showing high levels of obesity in Tithe Farm and Parkside, and parking, and odours, were insufficient reasons for declining planning permission by CBC. Cllr Williams hoped that in the future members of the Town's Council would remember that the agreed opening hours for the premises were to be restricted to 5pm-9pm on a weekday, and to 12-2pm and 5pm to 9pm on a weekend or Bank Holiday. To view this application online, go to http://is.gd/cbcplanning enter 14/03411 in the search box, and follow the links.

IN THE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE, a legal challenge by Luton Borough Council against the development HRN1, for up to 5,150 homes to the north and east of Houghton Regis, was quashed by the court. The judgement can be read here.

Houghton Regis Town Council comment on applications. Decisions are taken by Central Bedfordshire Council. Details of agreed minutes of the Town Council are published on the Houghton Regis Town Council web site.