Paddocks protesters win support of town council

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Residents fighting to save open space in Leighton certainly left councillors in little doubt about their strength of feeling when they packed into the White House.

Turning out in force, some campaigners had to stand in the council chamber, while others even listened to the debate from the hallway and even up the stairs!

After a delayed start, the town council’s planning committee voted unanimously on Wednesday to object to plans to build a four-bedroom house on an amenity space in The Paddocks.

Residents were stunned at the end of January to find contractors felling five trees on the land before any public notices of a planning application had been displayed.

They filled the meeting at the White House and were delighted to receive the full backing of the councillors present.

The committee also agreed to ask Central Bedfordshire Council to consider purchasing the land to secure its use as an open space.

The application, made by Surrey-based developer Clarence Country Homes, will now be considered by Central Bedfordshire Council.

For more on this story see the April 15 issue of the LBO.