Thorn — Councillors Turn Down Application for 100 Homes

An application to build 100 homes at Bury Spinney, off Thorn Road, Thorn, Houghton Regis, was today turned down by Central Bedfordshire Council's Development Control Committee.

The proposals included only 10% affordable housing.

Cllr Jimmy Carroll, chair of the Houghton Regis Town Council Planning Committee addressed the committee, highlighting that only 10% affordable housing was proposed, that had caused problems in HRN1 area. He said there was poor access from the narrow Thorn Road, and that the amount of S106 contribution proposed was too low.

Cllr John Kane (CBC, Houghton Hall) made some suggestions about a proposed 12 homes for over 55s, that those could be affordable housing, and that the footpath to Bedford Rd should be made up, should the committee want to approve the application.

Cllr Tony Swain (CBC, Tithe Farm) had concerns about the development being constructed surrounded by open fields, and children getting to school. He was also opposed to the 10% affordable housing figure.

Cllr Nigel Young thought the application was premature and was concerned that Thorn Rd through to Bidwell Hill might become a rat-run; primary school children should not be trampling through fields and hedges to get to school; it was not policy-compliant; there was inadequate highways provision; it was not a sustainable site as it was contrary to National Planning Policy 14. Cllr Young moved refusal.

Cyclist, Cllr Nicols, also expressed highways concerns about the Thorn Road, and was concerned about the level of proposed affordable housing contributions.

The application was refused.