Campton & Chicksands





Central Beds Local Plan
 could have a HUGE impact on our Parish




If you are concerned about building on the Glebe or overdevelopment of Campton in general and would like to know how you can show your support visit the action Group webpage



15th March 2018

The Local Plan is expected to be put to full Council on 26th April, for approval to submit to the Planning Inspector by 30th April.



Latest update : http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/planning/policy/local-plan/news-consult.aspx



11th January 2018

Today CBDC have published their Pre-submission Local Plan.

Put simply the Village is ear marked for up to 66 new houses.  These are on the land next to Greenway.  There are none proposed for the Glebe.

Read a full copy of the Local Plan here.

Consultation will take place from 10.00 a.m. on Thursday 11th January 2018 for six weeks until 5 p.m. on Thursday 22nd February.

If you would like to object or comment you must do so during this time. You can do this on line at  http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/planning/policy/local-plan/have-your-say-2.aspx

Here you will find a video on how to leave comments
.

Here is how to make your representation on line

Log in or Register (and then log in).
Click on 'Central Bedfordshire Pre-submission Local Plan (Jan. 2018)'
Under the heading  'Implentation', Click
'Policy HA1 Small and Medium Allocations',
Click Green Pencil.
Click drop down menu to 'support' or 'object'.

Make sure you mention you are commenting on 'HASO8 Land South East of Greenway in the Parish of Campton and Chicksands'
Make comments.
If your submission is more than 100 words, a summary is required.

Click Submit button.


or in writing to

Local Plan
Central Bedfordshire Council
Priory House
Monks Walk
Chicksands
Shefford
SG17 5TQ


Suggestion for a letter of objection, please put in your own words

A few points to consider

Link to a video of the representations made on our behalf by Tim Bishop and Parish Councillor Paul Booton at the executive meeting of CBDC on 9th January  (includes ideas for future objections).  https://centralbedfordshire.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/324997 (fast forward to 'Public Participation).

Opportunities to talk to CBDC

CBDC appreciate that the Local Plan may raise lots of questions, so we will be holding a number of drop-in-sessions for members of the public and other interested parties to talk to us and ask questions; there’s no need to book, just come along.

Public drop in sessions will be held at the following locations (3pm – 7:30pm):

  • Thursday 18 January – Barton Rovers Football Club
  • Thursday 25th January - Lidlington Village Hall
  • Tuesday 30th January  - Arlesey Village Hall
  • Thursday 8th February - Biggleswade Orchard Centre

 

What happens next?

Following the consultation, CDBD will collate all of the comments they receive and these will be forwarded to the independent Planning Inspector alongside the Local Plan in accordance with regulation 22 of The Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Act 2012

You can register with CBDC to receive email updates in the future

 Please register at www.centralbedfordshire/localplan to receive communications on the Local Plan by email in future.



The few points to consider
Underlying principle of the Local Plan just wrong for a village of our size.
The new map on the CBCLP was bigger showing  how deep and wide HAS08 would be.  This would not be front line, i.e. mirroring the opposite side of the road but more than likely a close (though this was speculation as no plans are available yet).
As a SMALL village this was an obscene size for Campton to absorb.  Particularly as it was Campton and not Chicksands.
The development of Campton Fields (known locally as Waggy’s field) of 140+ dwellings North East of the A507 was already in construction, but missing off  the plan.  Therefore it not show the two developments together either side of the A507 which was completely misleading.  There would therefore be no greenspace to distinguish Campton from Shefford apart from the A507 despite what the plan indicates.
Junction of Greenway with A507 with increase in traffic was of deep concern.  Speed limit of 40 miles on A507 at junction was mainly ignored despite 2 traffic calming bollards in place.  The speed of traffic coming off the A507 into Greenway and the having a development  of such a size with families commuting, the school run, crossing the road, parking on Greenway was highlighted.
Anti-social behaviour in the underpass between Campton and Shefford under the A507 and with the addition of 140+ homes literally across the road and the problems that would bring to the village.
Hanlons the Haulage company would add to danger if parking became an issue as a result of development and not getting cars off Greenway.
It was generally agreed that the village would have to accept some form of development in Greenway. However, it was a question of how many dwellings would be appropriate, previously 32 was still considered too many by the majority.
Any development should be in keeping with the village and leave no space for back fill.
There were no school places at Campton Village School and Robert Bloomfield School, Shefford and limited spaces in Samual Whitbread School, therefore where were the additional children going to be educated.  Busing children to other towns was not economical, eco-friendly or ideal. 
The addition of 66 dwellings would increase traffic onto village roads, especially deliveries.
Sustaining the biodiversity of the hedge, ditch and trees along Greenway was highlighted.
Of concern was the drainage and sewage capacity which was already full along Greenway at the present time and the additional strain this would put on the system.
Big developers already in Shefford, who are not able to sell current building stock. 
The new development should mirror existing Greenway dwellings.

9th January 2018

The executive have voted for the Local Plan to go ahead.

66 new houses have been proposed for land adjoining Greenway.

The consultation period is from 11th January to 22st February, this is when you will be able to make your views known.
 
During the consultation, there are four drop-in events where you can speak to council officers and ask questions.

All of the events are open to the public to drop in anytime between 3pm - 7:30pm.
Thursday 18 January - Barton Rovers Football Club
Thursday 25 January - Lidlington Village Hall
Tuesday 30 January - Arlesey Village Hall
Thursday 8 February - Biggleswade Orchard Centre
You can also, write to CBC with your feedback. Please send your views to:
Local Plan
Central Bedfordshire Council
Priory House
Monks Walk
Chicksands
Shefford
SG17 5TQ

6th January 2018

A message from the Chairman (Save the Glebe)

Firstly thank you to everyone that made it to the Village Hall last night to discuss the latest draft of the Local Plan.

Please see attached the minutes of the meeting which summarises the evening, thank you Joy for taking these and typing them up.

The next action is that I am speaking on behalf of the Campton Village Action Group at the Council Executive meeting on Tuesday 9 Jan.  the meeting starts at 0930 and is expected to end around 1200.  It would be very helpful for as many people as possible to come along in support.  I will only be speaking for 3 mins so will have to be concise.  Spectators are not allowed to add comment, however there is nothing stopping everyone being there and when I take to the stand to speak simply STAND UP in order to show support for the cause.  It is only over at the council offices so not far at all and I will appreciate having some backers.  

Once it goes to consultation we will all need to lodge our comments through the official channels and as before we will send out a how to guide and some ideas of what to include - it is vital to have your say!

One additional item that didn’t get fully discussed at the meeting is that we are applying for a grant from the Parish Council to cover costs of our campaigning.  So hopefully we won’t need to ask for donations to cover costs.  I will keep you all posted.

Please see the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pg/camptonvillage/ for continued updates and the village website http://www.camptonandchicksands.org.uk/ for minutes and meeting dates.

All the best,


Tim





3rd January, 2018

Summary of latest position

CBDC Publish draft Local Plan documents

The council website shows the new draft.  

Put simply the Village is ear marked for up to 66 new houses.  These are on the land next to Greenway.  There are none proposed for the glebe.

66 is too many for the village, please all attend the meeting tomorrow at 2000 in the village hall to discuss way forward to keep our village as a village.

See http://centralbeds.moderngov.co.uk/documents/s75837/180118%20Local%20Plan%20document%20FINAL.pdf 
And




If you are concerned about building on the Glebe please support the action Group

Timetable of Events


*3rd January 2018
Overview/Scutiny and Executive agendas published  (Results of Call for sites)
4th January 2018
A residents meeting will take place at 8.00 p.m. in the Village Hall
8th January 2018
CBDC Meeting of Overview/Scutiny  - Public can attend and reguster to speak
9th January 2018
CBDC Meeting of Executive  - Public can attend and register to speak
11th January 2018
Final 'Call for Sites' published.
19th January 2018
If it is agreed that the Local Plan should proceed, Consultation will start, it will continue for 6 weeks. You may object upto this time



* A version of the Call for Sites Plan will be appended to the committee papers that will be available to view online after 3rd January 2018.
However, this version may still be subject to further changes until it has been endorsed by both committees on 8th & 9th January 2018.
Only once it has been endorsed will the Plan be finalised.  It is this version which will be published for consultation on 11th January 2018.




In February 2016 (as part of Local Plan) Central Bedfordshire District Council (CBDC) issued a  'Call for Sites' which was an opportunity for agents, landowners and developers to submit land which they believe could be developed to meet future demand for homes and jobs (this ran until April 2016).
More information can be found on the Council's website

On 25th May CBDC  issued a full list of sites with accompanying parish maps.

As you will see from the maps this could have a huge impact on our Parish as The Glebe, land to the South East of Greenway (reaching to the River Hit), land at Kiln Farm and land at Beadlow Manor have all been put forward as possible future development land.


How does this affect you?

CBDC informs us that at the moment the sites have not been considered or selected for development so there is no impact on any residents. They state that only an estimated 4-6 per cent of the total land that has been submitted will need to be allocated to deliver the new homes that are needed. See questions and answers for more information.

CBDC will be holding public events over the summer, where you can find out more about the Local Plan. In addition, there will be a consultation on the site assessment criteria from 30 June – 29 July. Once approved, the criteria will be used to shortlist the sites.

July 2017

Sites suitable for possible future devlopment as part of the 'Call for sites' announced.

Site assessment results

Have your say, Consultations will be from 4th July - 29th August.


June 2017

Draft plan - Sites for new villages, a new town, sites for new jobs, plans for transport and the countryside announced.

Have your say, Consultations will be from 4th July - 29th August.

May 2017

Draft Local Plan published

March 2017

The Draft Local Plan for Central Bedfordshire will be published for consultation, subject approval, at the end of June 2017.

January 2017

Learn more and have your say at Community Planning exhibition on 2nd March 2017 from 2.30 - 7.30 p.m. at Shefford Baptisit Church

December 2016

Pause to the Central Bedfordshire Local Plan



CBC is temporarily pausing the process of publishing our draft Local Plan for consultation, in anticipation of the Government’s long-awaited Housing White Paper.

They had planned to consult next month but the White Paper, originally expected to accompany November’s Autumn Statement, is now expected to be published during the same timeframe. Deferring this consultation will therefore allow us to fully consider its implications.

Whilst CBC cannot be certain what these implications will be for Central Bedfordshire, we are aware that there is the potential for significant changes in relation to housing numbers and other matters relating to the preparation of local plans. Publishing a plan without a proper understanding of these could mean they have to revisit parts of the process, leading to further delay.

In this context, they have concluded – as have other local authorities across the country – that it would be inadvisable to continue with the planned release of our draft Local Plan next month.

However, they do regard this only as a pause in our process and they remain confident that they will still be able to deliver a draft plan in 2017.

This pause also allows us to ensure that they can align the outcomes of all of our current community planning activities with the draft Local Plan.

While CBC cannot be specific about dates at the moment, they anticipate the draft Local Plan will be issued for consultation in April 2017.

If you have any further enquiries, email localplan@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk


At this stage, they state that sites have not been considered so the published list of sites has been provided for information only. The opportunity to comment on the shortlist of sites will begin in December 2016 when the first draft of the Local Plan is published for comment.

You can sign up for email alerts (using the Local Plan option), so that you can be notified when these opportunities begin.


https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKCBCC/subscriber/new


September 2016

CBDC are carrying out a consultation on Shaping Central Beds, if you would like to take part  see
www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/localplan
The purpose of this consultation is to help shape “big picture” options for growth which will then be set out in the initial draft of the Local Plan, to be published at the end of 2016.

You can comment upto 1st November 2016.

August 2016

Sustainability Appraisal - Scoping Report Consultation

The Sustainability Appraisal is an integral part of the plan making process. CBDC must carry out an appraisal of the plan proposals to identify how sustainable development is being addressed.

There are a number of stages involved in the Sustainability Appraisal process. The first stage is the preparation of this Scoping Report. 

The Scoping Report identifies environmental, economic and social issues of particular importance to Central Bedfordshire that should be considered when preparing the Local Plan and sets the framework against which the Local Plan will be assessed as it is prepared. Both the policies and site allocations within the Local Plan will be assessed against this framework.

Have your say 

CBDC are asking for your comments on the first stage in the preparation of the Sustainability Appraisal - the draft Scoping Report (PDF 676.6KB) .

You can make comments by either emailing or writing to us before Thursday, 1 September 2016




July 2016


CBDC have now issued the criteria that they suggest they should use to assess the suitability of the sites,
see  http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/planning/policy/local-plan/call-for-sites/assessment-criteria/consultation.aspx

 You can make comments on the criteria by completing the online form before 5pm on 29 July 2016.


July 2016

Sustainability Appraisal - Scoping Report Consultation

The Local Plan will set out the planning policies to guide the development and use of land in Central Bedfordshire up until 2035. 

The Sustainability Appraisal is an integral part of the plan making process. We must carry out an appraisal of the plan proposals to identify how sustainable development is being addressed.

There are a number of stages involved in the Sustainability Appraisal process. The first stage is the preparation of this Scoping Report. 

The Scoping Report identifies environmental, economic and social issues of particular importance to Central Bedfordshire that should be considered when preparing the Local Plan and sets the framework against which the Local Plan will be assessed as it is prepared. Both the policies and site allocations within the Local Plan will be assessed against this framework.

Have your say

CBDC is asking for your comments on the first stage in the preparation of the Sustainability Appraisal - the draft Scoping Report (PDF 676.6KB) .

You can make comments by either emailing or writing to us before Thursday, 1 September 2016. 

Email: localplan@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk

Write to us

Local Plan
Priory House
Monks Walk
Chicksands
Shefford
Bedfordshire
SG17 5TQ

Next steps

Once all the comments on the draft Scoping Report have been collected, the Scoping Report will be updated where necessary, finalised and published on our website.

We will use this appraisal framework to test the Local Plan policies and site allocations.

We will provide information and analysis of issues, details of how alternative approaches were identified, why any alternatives were not considered reasonable and a comparison of the potential impacts of those alternative approaches. This will be undertaken alongside the preparation of the Local Plan and consulted on together with the Local Plan as the Sustainability Appraisal Report. The first draft of the Sustainability Appraisal Report will be consulted on with the Local Plan in December 2016.






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