Celebration as The Paddocks open space is saved

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Plans to build a house on a designated open space in The Paddocks, Linslade, have been refused by Central Beds Council without the need for a committee meeting.

Shocked residents witnessed trees on the land being felled two months ago before they had even been notified of developer Clarence Country Homes’ proposal to build a four-bedroom property on the site.

The protesters received the backing of Leighton-Linslade Town Council in objecting to the plans after packing out a meeting in April.

Their fierce opposition has now paid off. Campaigner Victoria Waple said: “Everyone is over the moon. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that they don’t appeal but for now everyone is really pleased, and we’re going to try to push for the compulsory purchase order and village green status.

“The way it has brought the whole community together has been the really nice thing. Everyone is on really good terms again.”

Central Beds Council’s decision notice says the development of the site was not part of their Local Plan for the area, not essential for the improvement of the open space and out of character with the road’s existing properties.

The plan would result in the loss of land which provides an important break within the street and contributes to Stoke Road’s area of special character status, it added.