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Have your say on new planning application for Marston Vale

11 June 2018

A planning application has been submitted to Central Bedfordshire Council by developers O&H Properties Ltd for their ‘Marston Valley’ proposed development.

The developers want to build a series of villages and a business park in the area. The proposal includes:

  • up to 5,000 new homes, including specialist residential accommodation such as affordable housing, starter homes and homes for older people
  • up to 30 hectares of employment land and retail space, including a food store and a hotel
  • community buildings, schools and a health care facility
  • leisure facilities, including children’s play areas and indoor sports facilities
  • 288 hectares areas of informal open space, including allotments and orchards; woodland, and a waterway connecting Brogborough and Stewartby lakes
  • a cycle and pedestrian network linking the villages and for commuter access to Ridgmont Railway Station, with crossings over the waterway.

Consultation is now open

The council is now consulting with local residents and stakeholders on the planning application. You can read more about the application and have your say. The consultation period is for five weeks, and letters to residents will be issued from this week onwards.

This location has been allocated for development in the Local Plan for Central Bedfordshire. The outline planning application has been submitted by O&H Properties Ltd, and will be determined under a separate legislative process to the Local Plan.

Councillor Nigel Young, Executive Member for Regeneration at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “This is a really important opportunity for local people to continue to help shape the plans for their area. I want to urge as many people to take part in this consultation as possible, which is why we are writing to every resident in Marston Moretaine, Lidlington, Millbrook, and Brogborough.

“Before we make a decision on the outline planning application, we will review all of the feedback and assess how well the developer’s proposal meets the requirements that we laid out in our Local Plan.

“Making sure developments come forward with the right infrastructure, open spaces and services like schools and health facilities is vital to ensuring that these new communities are sustainable and great places to live and work.”

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