Scheme of ex-gym building receives a flat rejection

Plans to turn the unused former Colloseum Gym building in Lake Street into flats ran in to trouble at last week’s Leighton-Linslade Town Council planning committee.

Residents of the adjoining Old Chapel Mews turned up in force to object to proposals to turn Lecton House into four two-bedroom flats.

They claimed that the parking places to serve the proposed flats belonged to existing residents and were also reserved to them under a previous planning permission.

“With only five parking spaces the provisions were already below the recommended level,” said committee member, Councillor Mike Bishop.

“That might just have been acceptable to get this empty building brought back into use. There is discretion for some reduction in parking provision in town centres where car ownership may not be so necessary.

“However, with the availability of even those spaces in doubt there it was clear to the committee’s that the plans were not acceptable and we unanimously voted to object.”

The town council’s views will be passed on to Central Bedfordshire Council and two members of that council who were present at the meeting (Councillors David Bowater and Alan Shadbolt) agreed to investigate the ownership and planning issues further with planning officers.

Lecton House was originally built as a church and was also the town library for some time. Its last use was as the health and fitness club.

The applicant is Balstate Service Ltd of Little Gaddesden.

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