More detail on housing plan for ex-RAF site

More details are emerging about 175 new homes to be built at the site of the former RAF station in Stanbridge.

Situated on Stanbridge Road to the east of Leighton Buzzard, the 175 new homes would include a mixture of detached, semi-detached and terraced housing as well as flats.

In keeping with the rural landscape, developers Inland Homes PLC plan to incorporate a village green space into the estate and encourage biodiversity.

Currently, a large exisiting tree in the centre of the site has been earmarked as a potential focal point, with plans to safeguard other trees.

Outline approval has already been granted for housing on the land. Now the developers are back with a full application detailing access, landscaping, appearance, layout and scale of the proposals.

However, controversy has been caused by an apparent lack of road infrastructure to accommodate the new site.

At the moment, no direct access to the estate – which is bordered by existing housing – has been planned from Stanbridge Road.

Rather, the main entrance would come from Swales Drive, with secondary access points at Liddell Way and Nicholson Drive.

But some residents claim that this will put pressure on these small road and drive up congestion.

Commenting on Facebook, Alison Whittle said: “So are they also upgrading the road infrastructure to cope with all these new homes, it is a complete nightmare driving around Leighton Buzzard.”

Catherine Jackson added: “Can’t believe a dwelling of this scale doesn’t get its own access road.”

Residents have until December 3 to contact the planning department at Central Beds Council with any comments on the plans.

Inland Homes PLC were contacted but did not respond in time before the LBO went to press.