Biggleswade

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Object

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 139

Received: 08/07/2017

Respondent: Mrs Fiona McCusker

Representation:

Biggleswade is already over developed and cannot cope with any further development.
We do not have infrastructures to cope with a larger population.
It is disgusting that there are proposals to increase the size of Biggleswade to such a large extent whilst other towns in the area are facing little development in relation to their existing populations.

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I do not feel that Biggleswade has the necessary infrastructures to accommodate any further housing developments. The town's facilities are already stretched to the maximum, ie, parking, doctors surgeries, schools etc. (A new school opened in Sept 2015 and is already having to be extended due to the extra housing we have already had in our town. ) The new proposals would almost double the size of our town, whereas other towns in Central Beds will be increasing their housing by up to 3%. This seriously needs rethinking and developments spread around the whole of the county, not centralised on Biggleswade.

Object

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 140

Received: 08/07/2017

Respondent: Carl Amoscato

Representation:

Reference Number NLP433

There is already too much development in the area immediately to the east of NLP433. Several thousand houses have been built, and it is not appropriate to build several thousand more in the same area.

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Reference Number NLP433

There is already too much development in the area immediately to the east of NLP433. Several thousand houses have been built, and it is not appropriate to build several thousand more in the same area.

Object

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 145

Received: 09/07/2017

Respondent: Mr William Lucas

Representation:

I object to the plan as it currently stands.

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The development plan for Biggleswade is unacceptable for the following reasons.
1/ The expansion and so called villages to the east of the town add a population burden that the plan makes no attempt to address. The town still has the same number of doctors and dentists when we arrived in the town 30 years ago. The infrastructure with the exception of shops and supermarkets is exactly the same, but now totally inadequate for the numbers trying to access the services.
2/ The development to the east of the town is to be built on prime agricultural land that has traditionally been the green buffer separating all the villages. The plan in its current form just creates on large concrete jungle.
3/ The roads from these developments as they stand and junctions into Biggleswade are unsuitable for the amount of traffic they will generate. This traffic will cause more parking and congestion problems in the town than it currently has. If a is likely most of these residents end up as commuters then the station and its facilities will not be suitable and the plan makes no mention of these being improved.

Why has not the rest of Central Beds being asked to accept extra housing? It seems that to dump this along the A1 corridor is totally unfair on residents living in an already overcrowded area in terms of facilities.

Object

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 149

Received: 10/07/2017

Respondent: Mrs Stephanie McGee

Representation:

Unfair and unsustainable increase of building and population compared to Apthill.

planned increase in population unsustainable

Town center traffic , pollution, noise

Loss of crop growing land

Public services not sustainable

Commuter Parking will increase

Access to Local Upper School unsuitable

crimes levels increased

continuing wildlife and habitat destruction.


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loss of agricultural land ALP/204 Land East of Saxon Drive Bedford.
I object to the plans submitted for the development planned for the above site.

Unfair increase in population compared to other towns e.g Ampthill.

The town center is under enormous strain from the impact of traffic, pollution and noise this will only increase further .

Building on prime agricultural land is complete madness - Topsoil is not renewable.

Our public services are under pressure and barely coping.

the lack of parking is already causing issues Commuter parking will increase with the planned proposals

The local Upper School is already to full capacity and the access to said school is inadequate for further increase

Crime levels increasing at an alarming rate .

Wildlife habitat destruction is at an alarming rate .

Access to the A1 via Dunton Lane or through the town via Potton Road is unsuitable -

Object

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 151

Received: 10/07/2017

Respondent: Mrs Sara Newman

Representation:

Object to plans as town does not have infrastructure to cope with so many new builds. The character of the town is being completely lost. Services cannot cope with residents needs at this present time, never mind with this new proposed development. Green land once lost can never be regained. Totally outrageous that Biggleswade has been earmarked to cope with such a huge influx of development.

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ALP204 Land East of Saxon Drive
I object to this land being developed for housing. The nearby Kings Reach development has put a huge strain on resources in the town and was poorly designed with limited parking. Local infrastructure cannot cope - no parking at the railway station (overflow car planning agreed for housing). Parking restrictions all around the area, to deter commuters are moving further and further away from the station. Bus services seem to be reduced and are infrequent (not at peak times) The Biggleswade Green Wheel and a nearby monument will be adversely affected. The countryside with its rich diversity in flora and fauna is being erradicated. Planting more trees and areas of grass to replace established natural sites is a huge backward step. The allotment area is also a haven for wildlife. Local schools are not coping with extra numbers of pupils. The two doctors surgeries in town are at maximum levels of patients with no known new medical facilities mentioned. A new doctors surgery should have been included in plans for Kings Reach development.

Object

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 157

Received: 10/07/2017

Respondent: D Holderness

Representation:

Biggleswade has already had extensive expansion and is a mess and looks awful in the area! There is too much loss of fields and is completely inappropriate to link all the villages to each other. I am opposed to this proposal

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Biggleswade has already had extensive expansion and is a mess and looks awful in the area! There is too much loss of fields and is completely inappropriate to link all the villages to each other. I am opposed to this proposal

Object

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 165

Received: 11/07/2017

Respondent: Mrs Joanne Surman

Representation:

The town is already overcrowded due to Kings Reach being built with no extra facilities put in place (with the exception of a lower school) for the residents. NO extra doctors or police. NO extra sports facilities - NOTHING arranged for the future of the residents. Why plan for an extra 6000 when you can't support the current residents as it is.

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I am objecting to the planning application for the building of homes in the Biggleswade area. As a person who has lived in the area all my life, I see the town changing for the worse with more housing being built and the inadequate infrastructure put in place. Where as before it would take me 10 minutes to cross the town, it now takes 20 due to the traffic. There has been no allowance to date to house the new residents childrens schooling for the recently built 2000+ houses on Kings reach which are having to fit into our already crowded current schools. We cannot currently get an appointment at the doctors. There is no police presence for the amount of residents in the town, whos crime rate is rising. The trains for the commuters in the mornings are now over crowded. WHERE are the planned extra facilities - these should be in place before any more housing is built, to PROVE that there is space for the extra incoming residents, NOT after they have moved in, because it doesn't happen. The current residents of Biggleswade are being affected because of the housing that you are approving and its not fair. Our childrens schooling and health are being pushed aside for the sake of extra housing on fields. What about green spaces? Sports facilities? Leisure facilities? Things for the children to do. Think of the growing population. Its selfish and unfair.
We walk across the fields regularly with our dogs and they are buzzing with bees and over run with sky larks, badgers & foxes. Leave Biggleswade & surrounding areas ALONE until you can support the current residents demands.

Object

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 168

Received: 11/07/2017

Respondent: Mrs Sara Newman

Representation:

NLP407 - Object
This area of land is a haven for wildlife which runs alongside the Biggleswade Green Wheel and near the only allotment site in Biggleswade. Wildlife uses this area for feeding/nesting, and it enhances the natural corridor for wildlife around the Green Wheel route. Many residents use this area for walking, cycling and outdoor pursuits. Having green spaces nearby is a huge boost to mental well-being and good health in general. These facts are known and well documented. Previous developments on this site were turned down by CBC for a number of reasons. What has changed?

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NLP407 - Object
This area of land is a haven for wildlife which runs alongside the Biggleswade Green Wheel and near the only allotment site in Biggleswade. Wildlife uses this area for feeding/nesting, and it enhances the natural corridor for wildlife around the Green Wheel route. Many residents use this area for walking, cycling and outdoor pursuits. Having green spaces nearby is a huge boost to mental well-being and good health in general. These facts are known and well documented. Previous developments on this site were turned down by CBC for a number of reasons. What has changed?

Object

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 170

Received: 11/07/2017

Respondent: Mrs Angela McClatchie

Representation:

I'll am objecting to the proposed future housing plans of 9000 additional houses in biggleswade. How can you expect the town to be able to cope with being near on doubled in size. It is near on impossible to park, get appointments and the amount of additional traffic is already unbearable. We have no police presence and a high volume of crime over last year! The infrastructure needs improving first before this is even considered!
Why are the number of houses not being divided over the wider area of central beds and not just reserved for biggleswade and surrounding villages?

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I'll am objecting to the proposed future housing plans of 9000 additional houses in biggleswade. How can you expect the town to be able to cope with being near on doubled in size. It is near on impossible to park, get appointments and the amount of additional traffic is already unbearable. We have no police presence and a high volume of crime over last year! The infrastructure needs improving first before this is even considered!
Why are the number of houses not being divided over the wider area of central beds and not just reserved for biggleswade and surrounding villages?

Object

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 200

Received: 14/07/2017

Respondent: Mrs Amanda Barker

Representation:

Biggleswade is struggling to cope with its current expansion. Doctors/dentists/emergency services and schools are all failing to meet current demand.

Parking is non existent.

Adding 6000 more houses will not only exacerbated this situation it will kill the feeling of this town.

I moved to Biggleswade 22 yrs ago, it was small and beautiful (I grew up on overlooking the Highlands so know what nature looks like). Green spaces are disappearing and eyesores are taking their place.

Please do not kill our town and surrounding villages

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Biggleswade is struggling to cope with its current expansion. Doctors/dentists/emergency services and schools are all failing to meet current demand.

Parking is non existent.

Adding 6000 more houses will not only exacerbated this situation it will kill the feeling of this town.

I moved to Biggleswade 22 yrs ago, it was small and beautiful (I grew up on overlooking the Highlands so know what nature looks like). Green spaces are disappearing and eyesores are taking their place.

Please do not kill our town and surrounding villages

Object

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 215

Received: 17/07/2017

Respondent: Mr Ian Anker

Representation:

I am writing to object about the plans for Biggleswade. As a resident of Sandy, I feel that these will have an adverse impact on an area which is already struggling to cope with
the existing amount of housing and lack of supporting infrastructure (GP surgeries etc).

When compared with the tiny number of additional developments in other parts of the county - I am concerned that the powers that be have absolutely no understanding of the issues that are facing local residents NOW - let alone in the future if the proposed number of houses are built.

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I am writing to object about the plans for Biggleswade. As a resident of Sandy, I feel that these will have an adverse impact on an area which is already struggling to cope with
the existing amount of housing and lack of supporting infrastructure (GP surgeries etc).

When compared with the tiny number of additional developments in other parts of the county - I am concerned that the powers that be have absolutely no understanding of the issues that are facing local residents NOW - let alone in the future if the proposed number of houses are built.

Object

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 241

Received: 20/07/2017

Respondent: Mr & Mrs M Phipps

Representation:

We would like to register our objections to the plan for building yet more new houses in Biggleswade.

See attachment for further text

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See attachment

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Object

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 419

Received: 03/08/2017

Respondent: Mrs R Evans

Representation:

Biggleswade is too big already.
Not enough doctors or school to accommodate extra people

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Bigglewsade is too big already.
Not enough doctors or school to accommodate extra people.

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Object

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 427

Received: 03/08/2017

Respondent: Mr Michael Price

Representation:

Too much development already in Biggleswade

Full text:

See attached letter

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Object

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 430

Received: 03/08/2017

Respondent: Ms Joanne Mccandless

Representation:

Opposing all the new housing in Biggleswade

Full text:

See attached letter

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Object

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 491

Received: 17/07/2017

Respondent: Mr Colin Harries

Representation:

Amount of development is out of proportion for a small market town the size of Biggleswade. Concerns re: population increase, pressure on doctors, schools and sports facilities, parking within the town.
Need an increase in facilities to cope with the current and modest increase in population

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I believe that having studied the draft local plan for Biggleswade the amount of development is out of proportion for a small market town the size of Biggleswade .The present development has already increased the population by 40% resulting in inadequate facilities such as Doctors, schools, and sports facilities any further development will see a complete break down it is already virtually impossible to park a car in Biggleswade , we keep being told that BDC for years are going to build a multi-storey car park in Biggleswade but this never happens. I believe that BDC need to rain back the amount of proposed development in Biggleswade and increase the facilities already mentioned above to cope with the current and modest increase in population.

Object

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 498

Received: 20/07/2017

Respondent: Mr & Mrs L & E Dyke & Wilkerson

Representation:

Biggleswade - Not enough infrastructure, traffic issues along high street, lack of police presence, flooding issues in certain parts of Biggleswade, no promises made on infrastructure provision on new sites. Town already overdeveloped

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I'm writing to you hoping having had my attention drawn to the draft local plan for new village options, specifically the 3,000 new homes and 4.6ha of employment land proposed for the east of Biggleswade.

Biggleswade is already over-developed. The high street is completely congested with no where to park and use local shops without using facilities intended for use by supermarket patrons - one of which being ALDI, which I believe already has plans in the making to turn the lower end of the car park into apartments, with even more inadequate parking. There proposals are consistently poorly considered, and certainly do not adhere to what i would see as sustainable development.

There is already a lack of police presence in Biggleswade, regardless of the fact that the town has more than doubled in size. Crime rates have become ridiculous in recent years, and we consistently read of thieving, burglaries and assaults. This is all due to over development of rural areas surrounding a once lovely town.

The areas proposed for further development, are also on what I believe to be a flood plain to the east of Biggleswade new town. I can't imagine covering this in concrete would do it many favours if i'm correct, and moving further east from this would set the development amongst power lines which cross the fields heading North.

My favourite part of your proposal is this:

"The proposal could include the following services and amenities: shops; cafes/restaurants; community facilities; leisure facilities; drinking establishments; green open space; a Health and Social Care Hub; preschool/nursery/early years facilities; enlarging existing schools and providing new schools as required."

'Could' include. No promise here whatsoever, and it doesn't even mention doctors Surgeries or dentists which are actually already a concern for locals. I don't anticipate any of these being carried out anyway, because lets be fair, the money to be made is in how many homes can be built and sold on the land acquired. We can do without these, just as we can do without fields and green areas.

I'm quite aware that my concerns, although echoed by many, will more than likely fall on deaf ears, as money talks, and if developers want the land, they will almost certainly get it... but as long as you've heard that we don't want Biggleswade to be another characterless void like Milton Keynes, and you've heard that from people that live here and love the town rather than people waving pound notes around, I thank you for your time.

Object

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 561

Received: 07/08/2017

Respondent: Mr Andrew Jeeves

Representation:

Biggleswade overdeveloped
Too much traffic
Doctors unable to cope
Taking prime agricultural land and fields
Schools will be full and classes too large

Full text:

See attached letter

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Object

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 578

Received: 07/08/2017

Respondent: Mr Brian McCusker

Representation:

CBChave a proven record of inadequate planning for Biggleswade, which is shown again in these plans.

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Central Beds have a proven track record in not being able to assess and cope with providing sufficient infrastructure to support the amount of houses in this plan. The new current Saxon gate expansion is a prime example of not having sufficient planning in place. for example the newly opened St Andrews East school had to have an extention planned before it opened. The school places in your plans are inadequate. The doctors and dentists within the town are also over subscribed and plans are inadequate. Roads are overloaded with the current traffic let alone 15000 more vehicles. The train station is extremely busy as it is. There is insufficient parking for the station. Plans for station parking are inadequate. There is insufficient town centre shopping parking. Plans are inadequate.
The overriding theme in these plans is too many houses, too few parking spaces, and general poor infrastructure planning by CBC

Object

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 592

Received: 08/08/2017

Respondent: Ms Susan Benge

Representation:

Biggleswade has undergone extensive recent growth. It and the surrounding villages are taking far to much of the planned increase in development. People choose to live in a rural area and you are taking this away. Impact on quality of life in the whole area, green areas and wildlife. Share the growth out.

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Biggleswade has undergone extensive recent growth. It and the surrounding villages are taking far to much of the planned increase in development. People choose to live in a rural area and you are taking this away. Impact on quality of life in the whole area, green areas and wildlife. Share the growth out.

Object

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 601

Received: 08/08/2017

Respondent: Martin Bastin

Representation:

This level of expansion is to much for any of the infrastructure around bigglewasde. Simply trying to use to roads at the moment with the current amount of housing is challenging. NLP433 will destroy the villages of Dunton and Sutton ans they will become simply part of biggleswade a few tree as a screen will not fix this ! Plus how can concreting over some 940 acres be environmentally friendly, it is totally irresponsible !!

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This level of expansion is to much for any of the infrastructure around bigglewasde. Simply trying to use to roads at the moment with the current amount of housing is challenging. NLP433 will destroy the villages of Dunton and Sutton ans they will become simply part of biggleswade a few tree as a screen will not fix this ! Plus how can concreting over some 940 acres be environmentally friendly, it is totally irresponsible !!

Object

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 640

Received: 09/08/2017

Respondent: Mr Jim Press

Representation:

Alp033
Further to the conclusion not to pursue development here I would like to add that access via Fairfield road is limited and joins a pinch point on the main road network to which additional traffic would cause problems

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Alp033
Further to the conclusion not to pursue development here I would like to add that access via Fairfield road is limited and joins a pinch point on the main road network to which additional traffic would cause problems

Object

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 656

Received: 09/08/2017

Respondent: Darren Har Darren Harbar

Representation:

The development in Biggleswade has already gone too far. The developers have shown a significant lack of respect to residence. Sun Street, despite a lorry restriction is inundated by HGV site traffic. Potton Road from the Edward Peake site to the new roundabout is a total mess, thanks to constant digging and site traffic. We have had no new secondary schools or new middle schools and no new doctors. Where are these proposed new residence going to go for such services? The roads and infrastructure cannot support any extra residence, so why are CBC blatantly ignoring these facts?

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The development in Biggleswade has already gone too far. The developers have shown a significant lack of respect to residence. Sun Street, despite a lorry restriction is inundated by HGV site traffic. Potton Road from the Edward Peake site to the new roundabout is a total mess, thanks to constant digging and site traffic. We have had no new secondary schools or new middle schools and no new doctors. Where are these proposed new residence going to go for such services? The roads and infrastructure cannot support any extra residence, so why are CBC blatantly ignoring these facts?

Comment

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 667

Received: 07/08/2017

Respondent: Miss Prudence Moore

Representation:

Traffic issues in biggleswade, parking problems particularly, poor public transport, rail station should be relocated

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I've lived locally since 1970 so have seen big changes to the character of the small market town of Biggleswade.

I note that the area to the west of the A1 at Biggleswade South is marked as for development. Can someone please tell me why there has never been a proposal to re-locate the Railway Station to this area (ie Biggleswade South) so that it could be accessed from the roundabout at Biggleswade South. This would surely have a major impact on traffic issues associated with travel through the town centre and restore the town centre as a vibrant centre to be accessed on foot or by public transport and be of real benefit to the elderly of the town.
Long stay parking associated with commuting by train is becoming intolerable - once residential areas have become car parks for those who prefer to avoid car parking fees. This impacts adversely on residents and doubtless de-values property.

As for investing in Public Transport to convey people to/from the existing Station! Why further pollute our small town when a re-location of the Railway Station would solve a lot of problems!

If the previously mentioned area is already marked for development, why is it that the Railway Station cannot be relocated to this area. I appreciate that this is a complex issue, but I have never heard the reasons or arguments against relocation. I shall be grateful if you will advise me on this account, please.

Object

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 672

Received: 09/08/2017

Respondent: Mr Jim Press

Representation:

Alp182
This should not be treated in isolation as forms a swathe of housing along the back of existing houses and hence a major development with significant impact
* loss of prime agricultural land
* stress on potton road, rose lane, drove road already struggling to cope. these are roads with on road parking, not designed to cope with large traffic volumes. Cars already use drove road -london road to get totown centre as an alternative
* deterioration in air quality around roads mentioned above already noticeable will be worse
* reduces accessibility to current residents to open countryside

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Alp182
This should not be treated in isolation as forms a swathe of housing along the back of existing houses and hence a major development with significant impact
* loss of prime agricultural land
* stress on potton road, rose lane, drove road already struggling to cope. these are roads with on road parking, not designed to cope with large traffic volumes. Cars already use drove road -london road to get totown centre as an alternative
* deterioration in air quality around roads mentioned above already noticeable will be worse
* reduces accessibility to current residents to open countryside

Object

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 673

Received: 09/08/2017

Respondent: Mr Jim Press

Representation:

Alp194
This should not be treated in isolation as forms a swathe of housing along
the back of existing houses and hence a major development with significant
impact
* loss of prime agricultural land
* stress on potton road, rose lane, drove road already struggling to cope.
these are roads with on road parking, not designed to cope with large
traffic volumes. Cars already use drove road -london road to get totown
centre as an alternative
* deterioration in air quality around roads mentioned above already
noticeable will be worse
* reduces accessibility to current residents to open countryside

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Alp194
This should not be treated in isolation as forms a swathe of housing along
the back of existing houses and hence a major development with significant
impact
* loss of prime agricultural land
* stress on potton road, rose lane, drove road already struggling to cope.
these are roads with on road parking, not designed to cope with large
traffic volumes. Cars already use drove road -london road to get totown
centre as an alternative
* deterioration in air quality around roads mentioned above already
noticeable will be worse
* reduces accessibility to current residents to open countryside

Object

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 674

Received: 09/08/2017

Respondent: Mr Jim Press

Representation:

Alp221
This should not be treated in isolation as forms a swathe of housing along
the back of existing houses and hence a major development with significant
impact
* loss of prime agricultural land
* stress on potton road, rose lane, drove road already struggling to cope.
these are roads with on road parking, not designed to cope with large
traffic volumes. Cars already use drove road -london road to get totown
centre as an alternative
* deterioration in air quality around roads mentioned above already
noticeable will be worse
* reduces accessibility to current residents to open countryside

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Alp221
This should not be treated in isolation as forms a swathe of housing along
the back of existing houses and hence a major development with significant
impact
* loss of prime agricultural land
* stress on potton road, rose lane, drove road already struggling to cope.
these are roads with on road parking, not designed to cope with large
traffic volumes. Cars already use drove road -london road to get totown
centre as an alternative
* deterioration in air quality around roads mentioned above already
noticeable will be worse
* reduces accessibility to current residents to open countryside

Comment

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 675

Received: 09/08/2017

Respondent: Mr Jim Press

Representation:

Alp244
I have concerns about how traffic from these houses join dunton road. This should be carefully examined to avoid creating an accident black spot

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Alp244
I have concerns about how traffic from these houses join dunton road. This should be carefully examined to avoid creating an accident black spot

Object

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 676

Received: 09/08/2017

Respondent: Mr Jim Press

Representation:

I have serious concerns about residential access to houses built here. Surely this would require a new exit on the biggleswade south roundabout and could be dangerous at busy times for those wanting to go into town or south on the a1

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I have serious concerns about residential access to houses built here. Surely this would require a new exit on the biggleswade south roundabout and could be dangerous at busy times for those wanting to go into town or south on the a1

Object

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 677

Received: 09/08/2017

Respondent: Mr Jim Press

Representation:

Alp470
As mentioned access will be awkward and would emerge at a road where visibility is poor and at times quite busy

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Alp470
As mentioned access will be awkward and would emerge at a road where visibility is poor and at times quite busy