Sparks begin to fly over Linslade proposals

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Councillors from all parties have roundly stated their opposition to Paul Newman Homes’ renewed attempts to develop land to the west of Linslade.

An exhibition of the proposals is being held at Soulbury Village Hall until 8pm today (November 7) and tomorrow (Saturday November 8) from 11am to 5pm.

Agents Curt&Co will be hosting the exhibition and told the LBO they were committed to being open and transparent.

But Leighton-Linslade town councillors stated they only became aware of the proposals on Wednesday – just days before the exhibition.

Cllr Peter Snelling, leader of the Lib Dems on the town council, said: “The renewed application comes as no surprise. Nor should it surprise the developer that the opposition will be as fierce as before.”

Cllr Mike Bishop, one of few Labour councillors, said: “They’re free to apply, but I can’t see anyone on the town council changing their mind.”

Conservative Cllr Amanda Dodwell added: “Any development on this site would put huge pressure on the town. Despite being in Bucks, in reality it would be an extension to Linslade and the new houses would use existing services there.”

Ken Barry, of South Bedfordshire Friends of the Earth said: “We’re absolutely appalled at the suggestion. I didn’t even know about it until today.”

Curt&Co have made the exhibition online at www.paulnewmansoulbury.com for those unable to attend.

You can also read our breaking story yesterday here.

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