Site of former Falcon pub eyed for development

The now demolished Falcon pub
The now demolished Falcon pub

The site of a former Leighton pub is being considered for a new block of flats.

Central Bedfordshire Council is looking at an application by developers Sutton Properties to create affordable housing on the derelict site on Stanbridge Road, which was home to the now-demolished Falcon.

Central Beds previously refused two applications to develop the site for housing, citing “overdevelopment”, the pub being seen as a heritage asset and the site considered to have “archeological potential”.

Former Leighton-Linslade Town councillor, Mike Bishop, said the two previous proposals were for too many houses, some of which overlooked neighbouring properties.

Sutton Properties have proposed a mix of one and two bedroom flats with off-road parking. The block itself will be protected by a security access system and the flats will be fitted with security alarms.

In its planning application, the developer said the proposed design reflects other similar Victorian period properties in the area and it is “considered a quality design that will both enhance and contribute to the local environment”.

The flats will also have energy saving measures such as solar panels, and inclusive access including step-free access to the main entrance, wide doorways and cloakroom facilities in the ground floor flats, to accommodate wheelchair users.

The council is expected to reach a decision by January 11 2016.