College site set to become flats

A Leighton building which used to operate as a base for Dunstable College is in line to become eight flats.

Leighton-Linslade Town Council’s planning and transport committee has raised no objection to the proposals from EDS Holdings for part of the office building at Enterprise House, Grovebury Road.

The four-storey building has been empty since the college moved out in 2012 but although feeling the loss of employment land was “undesirable”, the committee felt that the developer had made a reasonable effort to market the building.

However, members were keen to see affordable housing incorporated into the plans.

Town councillor Mike Bishop said: “The developer doesn’t want to provide affordable housing within the development but has been in discussion with Central Bedfordshire Council over making a financial contribution towards such housing elsewhere.

“CBC are currently consulting over their homelessness policy in which they accept the need to increase housing supply to provide for the homeless. Despite this they are not enforcing their own polices on affordable housing provision. I am pleased that the committee agreed to remind CBC of the need to press for this contribution.”

A final decision on the plans will now be considered by Central Beds Council.