Protest over new homes plan for south Leighton
Town councillors have come out against further housing in south Leighton until a fresh look is taken at the density of the planned estate.
Original outline permission for housing in at Grovebury Farm, Billington Road, was given by a government appointed inspector following a major inquiry in 2007 - but since then local authorities have demanded less houses per hectare.
Taylor Wimpey is asking to put 48 homes per hectare while Central Beds Council is asking developers to build just 32 homes in east Leighton.
On Wednesday the town council’s planning committee unanimously objected to a scheme for 195 homes saying that it was over-development, with not enough parking or affordable homes.
Labour leader, Mike Bishop, said afterwards: ““It looks as if Leighton is about to get another new development with too many houses and too little car parking.
“Central Beds’ current standards would require 690 parking spaces but the builders only propose providing 468. When it comes to so-called ‘affordable housing‘ our current standards would require 58 homes but this scheme will only provide 49.
Unfortunately we may well be stuck with the standards of 2007. It is extremely frustrating”
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