Central Beds to speak out on Valley Farm

Valley Farm
Valley Farm

Central Beds Council is finally preparing to have its say on proposals for 300 homes to be built at Valley Farm to the west of Linslade.

As part of the official consultation by Aylesbury Vale District Council, Central Beds were invited to submit their comments on the application.

And it comes as little surprise that a council report has came out against it.

It references the site’s history when a previous application by developers Paul Newman Homes to build 900 homes was rejected on appeal by the Secretary of State in 2012, as well as opposition already made by Leighton-Linslade town council to the development

In their conclusion, the Central Beds officer identifies ten key points in opposition to the plans.

Crucially, the report suggests it is unclear whether the Valley Farm development would contribute to AVDC’s housing need, in spite of the lack of an approved housing plan by that authority. It also states the proposals would have a negative impact on the landscape.

Cllr Nigel Young, Executive Member for Strategic Planning and Regeneration, said: “We have submitted a holding objection to Aylesbury Vale District Council, which we will be taking to Development Management Committee on March 11.

“With the number of houses proposed, we continue to believe that provision for education and transport in Central Bedfordshire is essential. Therefore we believe, this proposal is not environmentally or economically sustainable and the development would have a significant impact on the infrastructure and services of Central Bedfordshire, and in particular Leighton Linslade.

“Indeed, the Secretary of State dismissed an appeal in 2012, which we fully support.

“The Development Management Committee is therefore being asked to recommend to Aylesbury Vale that this application is refused.”