Unwelcome news has rocked the Linslade community as it is revealed the battle over building 900 houses could recommence, but residents say they’re up for a fight.
In 2010, Paul Newman Homes submitted a planning application for development of land between the western edge of Leighton-Linslade and the A4146.
But following its rejection at appeal, the developers have decided to present “a carefully-designed and sustainable scheme” to change the minds of residents and councillors.
Councillor Peter Snelling, Liberal Democrat leader on the town council, says that councillors and residents will fight to win another battle against any new proposal for development.
Mr Snelling said: “We are extremely annoyed but not surprised that consultants are taking soundings in advance of another planning application. Paul Newman Homes got a bloody nose last time they tried to ruin Linslade but seem not to have learned the lesson.
“Their appeal was comprehensively dismissed by the Inspector and backed up by the Secretary of State. Nothing has changed since that decision that would make another application acceptable.
“The council and residents remain totally opposed to any development on this land whether it be for 900 or even 50 houses. Later this year Central Beds Council will approve the planning application for 2,400 houses to the east of the town and that will more than satisfy any need for extra housing.”
A spokesman from Curtin&Co on behalf of Paul Newman Homes said: “I just want to make clear that it is not Paul Newman Homes’ intention to re-submit the proposals for 900 homes. We are currently in the process of consulting with the local community to help formulate alternative plans which will meet local aspirations.
“No decision in terms of housing numbers has been made, this will be decided following extensive public consultation. I am keen that you reassure your readers that Paul Newman Homes is very aware of the concerns that were raised during the application process for the 900-home development and that no planning application is about to be submitted. We are just seeking the views of the local community from this early stage so they can have buy-in in any future plans. We understand that the best developments are those where the developer and community have worked together.”
See more on this story in the September 10 issue of the LBO.