Controversial scheme maps out the future of Leighton Buzzard

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The face of east Leighton could change forever when councillors meet on Friday to decide the fate of a controversial scheme to build on nearly 300 acres of farmland outside the town.

The East Leighton Development Plan’s first application comes up for permission at Central Beds Council’s special development management committee.

Protests from parish councils, the police, residents and action groups are being rebuffed by officers who say the development is vital to provide much needed housing and jobs for the district.

Willis Dawson wants approval for 1,210 homes, employment, retail, leisure and community zones on Green Belt land at Clipstone Park, which stretches from Stanbridge Road to Vandyke Road.

If the scheme gets the green light then rolling fields would be replaced with 20 years of builders lorries and construction work.

For the full story see the February 25 issue of the Leighton Buzzard Observer.