9th August 2017
At the public meeting held in the village hall yesterday the Parish Council outlined the details of their objection to the proposed development for 90 houses in Bedford/Park Road. Please find attached this information shared by the Council.
If you don’t wish this village to be ruined by a large urban development then please write to CBC objecting. If there are 2 of you in the household then please both write. Please ensure you clearly state at the beginning of your letter that you object or your communication will be recorded as a comment only.
If you prefer to communicate online here is the link to the application CB/17/03049/OUT
I have email addresses for approx. 60 people so please feel free to share this with your neighbours or get them to send me their email address so I can keep them up to date.
The planning application for 9 bungalows in Park Road has still not been decided.
20th July 2017
The planning application for 90 houses has now appeared on Central Beds website. CB/17/03049/OUT
This was apparently registered on July 13 but has taken 6 days for CBC to get onto their site. The closing date for consultation is August 18.
The Parish Council is holding a public meeting in the village hall on Wednesday August 9th. It would have been sooner but for the wealth of information submitted by the applicants. There are over 50 documents, a number of them exceeding 100 pages. This is going to take some considerable time to consider and digest.
I will be in touch soon with further updates and comments but would suggest meanwhile you start planning letters to CBC. Also please remember that every adult in your household can send write. It is important that as many people as possible write in, clearly stating an objection. We have asked our local Councillor Frank Firth to request this application goes before the Development Management Committee. He believes a development of this size is likely to be submitted to them as a matter of course. In the past Moggerhanger has attended these meetings and I would suggest we need to do so again, the more folk the better.
Meanwhile the local plan also needs to be reviewed and commented upon by August 29th.
There are open meetings being held by CBC to allow local residents to review and comment on the local plan. Key for us is the meeting being held on Monday August 7th in Sandy Town Hall, from 2pm until 8pm. I would urge everyone to attend and comment.
17th July 2017
Further to the exhibition/presentation, given by Dominic Lawson Bespoke Planning (DLBP), regarding the proposed development of 90 properties on Bedford Road/Park Road.
Clearly a number of concerns were raised at their presentation and they have now produced a flyer, delivered to some parishioners but not all, in response. They appear to be offering solutions to many of the issues raised, however, most of what they are promising cannot be delivered.
They have advised our Parish Council Clerk, Daphne Payne that a formal application is being sent to Central Beds Planning.
I am checking Central Beds website 2-3 times a day but there is no sign of this application yet. As soon as it appears I will notify everyone and send a link.
Meanwhile I would urge everyone to start preparing to write to Central Beds regarding this proposed outrageous development, strongly objecting. What is being proposed would increase the size of the village by approx. 30% and will look like an urban development not in keeping with our small rural village. If there are two of you in one household then please both write in. We need Central Beds to be clear on where we stand as a village and the more people that write the stronger our argument will be.
This will impact everybody in the village, not just those close by so please don’t think It’s not your problem, because it will be. The impact on the road, water and other services will affect everyone. Just the 18 houses being built behind the Guinea has caused significant issues on Blunham Road with contractors parking and mud on the road, so 90 houses off Bedford Road will be madness.
The Parish Council will be writing a letter, the contents of which will be ratified at the next Council meeting on July 19, but this counts as only one voice. To be heard we must all write.
In my previous communication I identified a number of reasons why this proposal should be rejected – see attached
I have identified a number of shortfalls in the promises made by DLBP in their flyer – included in the attached document
I have also attached a copy of the DLBP flyer sent to some residents.
CBC LOCAL PLAN
The Central Beds Local Plan, first draft, is now out for consultation.
Also available is the Site Assessment Forms document. This reviews all the sites submitted and identifies those going through to the next stage, although this does not mean they will necessarily form part of the local plan. The 2 plots proposed for the above development is in the local plan as suitable, although in 2008 these were considered unsuitable.
I am currently reviewing this document and will send out some notes soon, meanwhile here is a link. It’s important that as many of us as possible comment on this local plan as this will determine future development in our village.
15th October 2016
A few Parish Councillors met with a Central Beds representative to discuss the possibility of a neighbourhood plan for Moggerhanger. Andy will be writing a report of that meeting for the village magazine, however, there are some actions for us all now.
You will be aware from my previous emails that Central Beds had a call for sites and that they have received 830 for consideration. 15 sites have been put forward for Moggerhanger by land owners.
Central Beds now have to consider these sites and decide if they are to include them in their local plan.
There is currently a consultation ‘Shaping where you live 2035’ giving everyone the opportunity to comment. It is important that as many of us as possible respond to these consultations. In the past we have had unwanted development pushed upon us because we did not pay attention. This time we must keep up to speed.
Link to CBC local plan Home Page
Click on item 6 -Shaping Central Bedfordshire Consultation.
On the right hand side of the screen are 3 links to documents – download the bottom link, shaping Central Bedfordshire and read the document.
Then return to the previous page scroll down and complete the growth options survey. It’s important that we support us being in Area D the area for smallest growth.
There is a wealth of information from the home page – please read.
If you would prefer a paper copy of the booklet and a paper form these can be obtained from the Chairman of the Parish Council, Andy Hopkins.