Anger develops over housing in Leighton

A map of the planned development includes the link road
A map of the planned development includes the link road

The fight to prevent a development of up to 1,220 homes on green belt land is not over yet, a Leighton homeowner has urged.

On July 21 two plans for large scale housing developments were approved by Central Beds Council – one for 950 homes on Chamberlains Barn Quarry, Heath Road and another for 270 homes on land known as the The Stearn, Clipstone Lane.

Despite the opposition of Leighton councillors Roy Johnstone, Alan Shadbolt and Brian Spurr, the Chamberlains Barn plan was approved by a vote of seven to four.

One of the Leighton residents to speak against the plans at the heated meeting was Trevor Bromley, 40, whose Cotefield Drive home lies right on the edge of the development site.

Although the plans were approved the decision needs a sign off from local government secretary Eric Pickles, whom Mr Bromley has written to.

He said: “I have sent a letter to Eric Pickles and have got in touch with (South West Beds MP) Andrew Selous as well.

“There was a lot of noise about this ten years ago and then it seemed to go under radar when the decision was actually made.

“I was only given four days notice for the meeting so was unable to get more people there.”

Prior to the decision Mr Bromley drafted a petition opposing the development and 240 Cotefield Drive residents signed it.

A similar petition was put together by neighbours of nearby Chamberlain Gardens.

Mr Bromley said: “This will have a direct impact on my family life, my bedrooms will overlook a children’s adventure playground and the open access area will impose on my property.”