Town councillors have hit out at two new planning schemes for Leighton-linslade which, they say, will only add to drivers’ woes.
Two failed pubs, The Falcon, in Stanbridge Road, and The 19th Century Bedford Arms, in Old Road, are up for redevelopment into houses but Leighton-Linslade Town Council is calling for more to be done to boost the number of parking spaces set to be provided.
A plan is in with Central Beds Council to convert The Bedford Arms into four one-bed houses with a total of just two parking spaces; a separate scheme would see the demolition of The Falcon and eight three-bed homes built with a total of 16 parking spaces.
Both pubs are steeped in the town’s past. A pub has been on the site of The Falcon since 1747. It gets its name from much earlier when Henry 1 (1068-1135) kept two of his gaming birds on the land. The Bedford Arms is believed to date back to the 1860s.
The schemes have been opposed by the town council’s planning committee on the grounds of inadequate parking provision for the number of residential units suggested.
Members strongly supported Councillor Stephen Cotter when he emphasised that the council welcomed the development of the two sites in principle but were against the detailed designs.
Councillor Mike Bishop said: “The Stanbridge Road scheme was also felt to be an over development of the site with fewer houses being more appropriate.
“Several members of the public attended to voice their concerns about the dangerous access, drainage problems and the risk of flooding. The Environment Agency had been consulted and felt that the flood risk was limited and recommended minor protection measures. The committee suggested that they look at this again.
“It seems that, at every meeting, we have applications that ignore Central Beds Council’s recommended parking standards. On-street parking is already a huge problem in the central part of Linslade and it is vital that any new development does not add to the problem.
“I hope that CBC, whose standards for new developments are basically one parking space per bedroom, will see that when considering this application.”