Central Bedfordshire Pre-submission Local Plan (January 2018)

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Central Bedfordshire Pre-submission Local Plan (January 2018)

8.8 Coalescence

Representation ID: 11358

Received: 22/02/2018

Respondent: Save The World's First Garden City

Representation:

COALESCENCE - concern re increasing risk of coalescence between Letchworth and adjacent Bedfordshire villages, and Baldock with Bedfordshire villages, proposals around Fairfield/Arlesey/Stotfold constitute sprawl

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We are particularly concerned about the increasing risk of coalescence between Letchworth Garden City and the adjacent Bedfordshire villages, as well as between Baldock and its adjacent Bedfordshire villages. The proposals for growth around Fairfield, Arlesey, Stotfold etc., appear to be merely sprawl. There does not appear to be any suggestion of providing a new Garden City in Central Bedfordshire (or in Bedfordshire as a whole) which would be genuine, i.e. be in accordance with well-known Garden City principles.

We are also very worried by the likely effect of the growth proposals on the vital wildlife corridor containing the Chilterns and extending in a South-West to North-East sense, i.e. from the Western Channel to The Wash. The growth proposals will seriously reduce the Green Belt between our Garden City and those villages. In that way, it will severely affect the historic setting of our Garden City, of which an essential part is its Green Belt, believed to be the first such Green Belt proposed anywhere in the World.

That growth area is also the habitat of a large number of protected species, particularly at least a dozen on the "red list" and the Draft Plan does not seem to take that important issue seriously; for example, there do not appear to have been any significant surveys carried out to assess the need for protection of those red list species.

We have been informed that we are entitled to call ecological experts as witnesses as to the existence of the wildlife corridor and the existence of red list species in the growth area mentioned. One is Mr. Brian Sawford of Northfields, Letchworth Garden City and another is Dr. Desiree Scott of High Street, Graveley. Our intention is that they will cover in more detail the vital corridor and the red list species.

Looking at the housing proposals overall, there do not appear to be any employment proposals to absorb the large number of adults of working age proposed in the Draft Plan. The tendency of those adult workers would be to travel by car to the railway stations at Hitchin and our Garden City to travel to work in the towns of Stevenage etc. and London or Cambridge, so unreasonably increasing the already unsustainable use of those lines. Of course, for them to travel by the A1M will further overload the road system which, as our MPs have acknowledged, is almost in operative in its two-lane section. On those bases alone, the proposals are clearly unsustainable.

Comment

Central Bedfordshire Pre-submission Local Plan (January 2018)

Policy SP1: Growth Strategy

Representation ID: 11359

Received: 22/02/2018

Respondent: Save The World's First Garden City

Representation:

STRATEGY - appears to be no suggestion of providing a new Garden City in CBC which would be genuine, i.e. be in accordance with well-known Garden City principles, unsustainable
ENVIRONMENT - impact of development on vital wildlife corridor, impact on habitats of protected species, lack of surveys to assess need for protection
GREEN BELT - concern over loss of, impact on historic setting of Garden City and its green belt
TRANSPORT - concern over increased commuting to LGC, Hitchin, Stevenage, London & Cambridge and increased use of public transport, impact on A1M

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Full text:

We are particularly concerned about the increasing risk of coalescence between Letchworth Garden City and the adjacent Bedfordshire villages, as well as between Baldock and its adjacent Bedfordshire villages. The proposals for growth around Fairfield, Arlesey, Stotfold etc., appear to be merely sprawl. There does not appear to be any suggestion of providing a new Garden City in Central Bedfordshire (or in Bedfordshire as a whole) which would be genuine, i.e. be in accordance with well-known Garden City principles.

We are also very worried by the likely effect of the growth proposals on the vital wildlife corridor containing the Chilterns and extending in a South-West to North-East sense, i.e. from the Western Channel to The Wash. The growth proposals will seriously reduce the Green Belt between our Garden City and those villages. In that way, it will severely affect the historic setting of our Garden City, of which an essential part is its Green Belt, believed to be the first such Green Belt proposed anywhere in the World.

That growth area is also the habitat of a large number of protected species, particularly at least a dozen on the "red list" and the Draft Plan does not seem to take that important issue seriously; for example, there do not appear to have been any significant surveys carried out to assess the need for protection of those red list species.

We have been informed that we are entitled to call ecological experts as witnesses as to the existence of the wildlife corridor and the existence of red list species in the growth area mentioned. One is Mr. Brian Sawford of Northfields, Letchworth Garden City and another is Dr. Desiree Scott of High Street, Graveley. Our intention is that they will cover in more detail the vital corridor and the red list species.

Looking at the housing proposals overall, there do not appear to be any employment proposals to absorb the large number of adults of working age proposed in the Draft Plan. The tendency of those adult workers would be to travel by car to the railway stations at Hitchin and our Garden City to travel to work in the towns of Stevenage etc. and London or Cambridge, so unreasonably increasing the already unsustainable use of those lines. Of course, for them to travel by the A1M will further overload the road system which, as our MPs have acknowledged, is almost in operative in its two-lane section. On those bases alone, the proposals are clearly unsustainable.

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