Henlow

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Comment

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 347

Received: 22/08/2017

Respondent: Messrs&Mrs R.Lee, M Mawson, M. King and T&P King Lee, Mawson & King

Agent: hd planning ltd

Representation:

We welcome the Council's decision to assess the site at Clifton Road, Henlow in more detail and have submitted a sketch layout plan to show how this land can potentially accommodate additional dwellings along with open spaces/ landscaping area to the south. We would be happy to provide additional information if required.

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We welcome the Council's assessment of site NLP234 which demonstrated that there were no reasons why the site could not be considered further within the allocation process.
As noted in the site assessment framework, part of the site already has the benefit of outline permission (ref: 16/04589/OUT) for 9 dwellings. We have therefore produced a sketch demonstrating that the remaining land can accommodate additional dwellings to warrant an allocation without the smaller parcel being included (if considered to be a suitable approach).

In undertaking this exercise the net/gross developable areas have slightly altered from the submitted form with 0.49 ha already having the benefit of planning permission. Phase 2 comprises approximately 0.45 ha resulting in a total developable area of 0.94 hectares. The residual land to the south is available for development if required. This scheme is attached for your information.

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Support

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 925

Received: 15/08/2017

Respondent: Mr Gavin Nicholson

Representation:

Henlow grass airfield forms part of the flood plane for Central Bedfordshire. As such it has a huge range of wildlife that is resident and migratory (Corvids, Gulls, Lapwings, Birds of Prey, Field Fare, Woodpeckers, Tits, Finches, Hares and Deer). There is the opportunity to convert the old World War 2 bunkers into bat sanctuaries.

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Henlow grass airfield forms part of the flood plane for Central Bedfordshire. As such it has a huge range of wildlife that is resident and migratory (Corvids, Gulls, Lapwings, Birds of Prey, Field Fare, Woodpeckers, Tits, Finches, Hares and Deer). There is the opportunity to convert the old World War 2 bunkers into bat sanctuaries.

Object

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 1409

Received: 21/08/2017

Respondent: Ickleford Parish Council

Representation:

Unsustainable development which conflicts with the aims of the NPPF.

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The ministerial foreword to the NPPF states that the purpose of planning is to help achieve sustainable development, with 'Sustainable' defined as ensuring that better lives for ourselves don't mean worse lives for future generations.
The proposed developments in the draft Local Plan, taken with those already in planning will add several hundred new homes. This will inevitably lead to significant increases in car journeys, and those wishing to travel south or south-west will likely to need to drive through Ickleford. The resultant increases in traffic through are village, and the concomitant environmental impacts clearly run counter to the aims of sustainability as defined in the NPPF. There appears to be no recognition of this nor any substantive attempts to mitigate against it to alleviate the issue for those wishing to drive towards Luton and the M1 (south).
The issues which Ickleford will face will be further exacerbated by other CBC developments either within the draft Local Plan or already proposed in the towns and villages near to north Herts. There is not likely to be sufficient investment in infrastructure (e.g. public transport, increased rail network capacity) to make this sustainable, and conflicts with many aims of the NPPF.
It is on these grounds that Ickleford Parish Council objects to the CBC draft local plan relating to development in those communities adjacent to our boundary.

Support

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 1451

Received: 21/08/2017

Respondent: MR Peter Baker

Agent: Savills

Representation:

NLP126 Land at Oldfield Farm, Henlow. The landowner re-affirms support for the potential allocation of this site.
The site lies outwith the military base and therefore is unlikely to be physically or environmentally constrained (assessment items 22 and 34) and with scope for screening etc. to be provided where necessary.
The identified land at Oldfield Farm is a logical extension to existing housing within proximity to local infrastructure and as such should be well suited to the provision of any housing allocation in this locality.

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NLP126 Land at Oldfield Farm, Henlow. The landowner re-affirms support for the potential allocation of this site.
The site lies outwith the military base and therefore is unlikely to be physically or environmentally constrained (assessment items 22 and 34) and with scope for screening etc. to be provided where necessary.
The identified land at Oldfield Farm is a logical extension to existing housing within proximity to local infrastructure and as such should be well suited to the provision of any housing allocation in this locality.

Support

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 3207

Received: 29/08/2017

Respondent: Mr Sam Franklin

Agent: Mr Sam Franklin

Representation:

NLP183, NLP220 and ALP178
An ideal and sustainable location for development that would minimise traffic generation through the centre of the village. Development offers the opportunity for a left turning only lane from the village onto the A507 and is a natural extension of the built environment of Henlow. The village and general area have good services, schools and connections to transport.

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NLP183, NLP220 and ALP178
An ideal and sustainable location for development that would minimise traffic generation through the centre of the village. Development offers the opportunity for a left turning only lane from the village onto the A507 and is a natural extension of the built environment of Henlow. The village and general area have good services, schools and connections to transport.

Object

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 5001

Received: 21/08/2017

Respondent: Ickleford Parish Council

Representation:

Combined impact of proposed sites and those already submitted.
Traffic increase
Traffic increase and environmental impacts counter to sustainability aims of NPPF
No recognition of impacts or attempts to mitigate traffic towards Luton from M1
Combined impacts with proposals in towns/villages near to north Herts.

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The ministerial foreword to the NPPF states that the purpose of planning is to help achieve sustainable development, with 'Sustainable' defined as ensuring that better lives for ourselves don't mean worse lives for future generations.
The proposed developments in the draft Local Plan, taken with those already in planning will add several hundred new homes. This will inevitably lead to significant increases in car journeys, and those wishing to travel south or south-west will likely to need to drive through Ickleford. The resultant increases in traffic through are village, and the concomitant environmental impacts clearly run counter to the aims of sustainability as defined in the NPPF. There appears to be no recognition of this nor any substantive attempts to mitigate against it to alleviate the issue for those wishing to drive towards Luton and the M1 (south).
The issues which Ickleford will face will be further exacerbated by other CBC developments either within the draft Local Plan or already proposed in the towns and villages near to north Herts. There is not likely to be sufficient investment in infrastructure (e.g. public transport, increased rail network capacity) to make this sustainable, and conflicts with many aims of the NPPF.
It is on these grounds that Ickleford Parish Council objects to the CBC draft local plan relating to development in those communities adjacent to our boundary.

Comment

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 5049

Received: 22/08/2017

Respondent: Messrs&Mrs R.Lee, M Mawson, M. King and T&P King Lee, Mawson & King

Agent: hd planning ltd

Representation:

NLP234,

Please see attachment for details on site layout,

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We welcome the Council's assessment of site NLP234 which demonstrated that there were no reasons why the site could not be considered further within the allocation process.
As noted in the site assessment framework, part of the site already has the benefit of outline permission (ref: 16/04589/OUT) for 9 dwellings. We have therefore produced a sketch demonstrating that the remaining land can accommodate additional dwellings to warrant an allocation without the smaller parcel being included (if considered to be a suitable approach).

In undertaking this exercise the net/gross developable areas have slightly altered from the submitted form with 0.49 ha already having the benefit of planning permission. Phase 2 comprises approximately 0.45 ha resulting in a total developable area of 0.94 hectares. The residual land to the south is available for development if required. This scheme is attached for your information.

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Comment

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 5463

Received: 21/09/2017

Respondent: Beechwood Homes

Agent: Strutt & Parker

Representation:

I write on behalf of my client, Beechwood Homes in relation to the Draft Local Plan for Central Bedfordshire. These representations relate to land at Middlefield Lane, Henlow, which is also the subject of a current planning application (CB/17/02915/FUL).

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Comment

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 5527

Received: 29/08/2017

Respondent: Welch's Transport

Agent: Bidwells

Representation:

The land Welch's Yard site is identified as 'NLP343' within the Council's Site Assessment.
Our Client wishes to make some comments in relation to specific policies within the Local Plan. These comments are provided below under the relevant Local Plan Headings. Any comments in relation to specific policies have been highlighted for ease of reference.

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Comment

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 5567

Received: 29/08/2017

Respondent: Heyhill Land

Agent: Bidwells

Representation:

The land under Heyhill Land's control is illustrated on the enclosed location plan. It is identified as
'NLP337' within the Council's Site Assessment.
Our Client wishes to make some comments in relation to specific policies within the Local Plan. These comments are provided below under the relevant Local Plan Headings. Any comments in relation to specific policies have been highlighted for ease of reference.
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Comment

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 6139

Received: 29/08/2017

Respondent: North Hertfordshire District Council

Representation:

Given that the Settlements Capacity: Initial Study (July 2017) identifies Henlow as having low capacity for development, we are concerned to see the scale of development proposed at the RAF Henlow site without the supporting text around the required infrastructure. The Site Assessment Technical Document Appendix D: Preliminary Site Assessment Results (July 2017) identifies that eight sites at Henlow comprising 244.01 hectares (of which 222.68 hectares are at RAF Henlow) are to be considered as part of the Local Plan. see attachment

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Comment

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 6299

Received: 24/08/2017

Respondent: Blue Abyss Diving Ltd

Representation:

The RAF Henlow site represents a unique opportunity for Blue Abyss because of the presence of a long arm human centrifuge building and foundations, which have been unused since establishment but which is suitable in its current designation for the Blue Abyss business model. Furthermore the close proximity of Cranfield University airfield, able to accommodate a Boeing 727 aircraft, which is expected to be the airframe used for the Blue Abyss parabolic flight service, further exemplifies the suitability of the Henlow site for the Blue Abyss business venture. see attachment.

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1. Blue Abyss will establish the world's first commercial marine and space training, research and test centre, which will include the world's deepest and largest commercial diving pool, the U.K.'s first parabolic flight service, the U.K.'s first fully commercial long-arm human centrifuge and the world's first commercial astronaut training centre.
2. The RAF Henlow site represents a unique opportunity for Blue Abyss because of the presence of a long arm human centrifuge building and foundations, which have been unused since establishment but which is suitable in its current designation for the Blue Abyss business model. Furthermore the close proximity of Cranfield University airfield, able to accommodate a Boeing 727 aircraft, which is expected to be the airframe used for the Blue Abyss parabolic flight service, further exemplifies the suitability of the Henlow site for the Blue Abyss business venture.
3. Blue Abyss welcomes and supports the designation of Henlow as a mixed use site and supports the concept of commercial led redevelopment and the positive impact this will have on local employment opportunities.
4. We believe an alternative housing led scheme will negatively impact the Bedford Road where traffic generation needs to be minimised to enable the MBDA facility to continue to function safely.
a. Blue Abyss related traffic will be managed via controlled on access design and legal routing agreements.
b. A housing led scheme will lead to uncontrolled traffic and urban coalescence resulting in prohibitive infrastructure costs and in all likelihood delay and stagnation of the site.
5. Job creation is of great importance to the Blue Abyss enterprise, which will lie at the heart of a new science and technology Park, enabling a wealth of job to be created, supporting not only local development but also that of the Oxford Cambridge science corridor.
a. 160 high skilled jobs will be created as an integral element of the Blue Abyss facility
b. Between 1000 and 1500 construction jobs will be created during the course of the project as Blue Abyss is developed and established.
6. Blue Abyss will add value and facilitate the growth of the key high-technology and research sector within Central Bedfordshire and will act as an anchor and aggregator of related science and high technology businesses to the Henlow area.
7. Blue Abyss will support the upgrading of local sports and leisure facilities, in particular a pool on the RAF Henlow site, for the benefit of the local community.
8. In summary - Mixed use, commercial redevelopment is the most sustainable way forward for this significant brownfield site. Blue Abyss is a truly international facility ideally suited to such a site, with the capacity to put Henlow firmly on the map, both nationally and internationally.

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Comment

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 6329

Received: 17/08/2017

Respondent: Sport England

Representation:

While no objection is made to the principle of mixed use redevelopment on the RAF Henlow site, there are concerns about the potential impact of a major strategic development on sports facilities. The airfield provides a strategically important site for sports aviation while there are facilities such as the swimming pool, golf course and playing pitches that are, have been or have the potential to be used by the local community which could be under threat. Proposals for the redevelopment of the site should seek to safeguard the airfield and other sports facilities.

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In the context of the proposed closure of the RAF base, the wider RAF Henlow site including the airfield has been identified in this policy as a potential strategic location for mixed use employment development. Sport England does not object to the principle of mixed development on the wider RAF Henlow site as there appear to be opportunities for employment and residential development across the site. However, as there is limited detail available at this stage about the extent of a potential development allocation, there i very real concern that a strategic development could result in the loss of the airfield and/or facilities that support the operation of the airfield. The loss of the airfield or the prejudicing of facilities that support its operation would have a major adverse impact on air sports facilities in the region. There is also potential for other existing sports facilities on the site that are used by the community at present (or have potential to be once the RAF base has closed) to be lost which is of concern.
RAF Henlow - Strategic Importance for Aviation
The airfield at RAF Henlow provides a strategically important resource for sports, leisure and commercial aviation. The airfield is one of three nationally that has three extensive grass runways (enabling 360 degree operation), together with 5 hangars, aircraft parking, and clubhouse facilities. The airfield capable of housing in excess of 40 light aircraft, or helicopters, in each of its two large Grade 2 listed Hangars. The airfield could support more aircraft as there are outdoor aircraft parking areas. The airfield can accommodate all types of light aircraft, gliders, helicopters and some larger machines, including the Airlander airship, and single engined turbo-props, which were recently approved for small scale passenger services. Henlow is used extensively for light aircraft flying, which is an air sport recognised by Sport England. The sport has a recognised national governing body, the Light Aircraft Association (LAA) - see Sport England's website for more information and confirmation http://www.sportengland.org/our-work/national-work/national-governing-bodies/sports-that-we-recognise/ .

The airfield is 100 years old and its configuration and runways make it one of very few airfields suitable for air sports in the UK and the limited air space to the north of London within the London Heathrow and the Luton/Stansted air space areas. All airfields in this area are extensively utilised for light aviation as they serve the heavily populated London conurbation and the northern home counties . All airfields close to London are operating at capacity in terms of the number of aircraft that they can accommodate and there is an acute shortage of light aircraft parking across the south of England. As other airfields in the region are at capacity, the permanent loss of the airfield would have a disproportionately adverse impact resulting from the loss of light aviation on this site and reduce opportunities for participation in air sports in the region.

RAF Henlow is considered to be of strategic importance for air sports for the following reasons:
* The airfield is the home of Henlow Flying Club which provides trial flights, private pilot licence training and commercial pilot licence training with 7 aircraft;
* The airfield has a significant volume of aircraft movements (3000-4000 per year), the majority of which were sport and recreation related. The site accommodates 40 aircraft;
* The location provides a safe area of operation for light aircraft in one of the most congested areas of air space in the UK. There is a scarcity of light aircraft training and parking facilities in the region which the airfield makes a significant contribution towards addressing. The closure of nearby Panshanger Aerodrome in 2014 and recent reduction in capacity at Wyton and Cranfield Aerodromes has aggravated the situation as there is no capacity at the nearest alternative sites. A recommendation from the Government Report 'General Aviation challenge panel - final report' made recommendations to reinvigorate general aviation by reducing costs and securing a network of airfields which provide access for general aviation. Henlow airfield is considered to be ideally placed to support this Government policy in relation to flight training, sports aviation and general aviation.
* Until recent MoD cutbacks took effect, gliding was an everyday event at Henlow and could easily be re-instated.
* The site has model aircraft club with 30+ members. The full size aircraft and model aircraft have synergies that inspire the younger generation to get involved with aviation.
* The site is considered to be of strategic importance to the Light Aircraft Association and the General Aviation Awareness Council(GAAC), the UK's representative body for General Aviation on planning and environmental issues.

Planning Policy

Government planning policy seeks to safeguard aviation sites such as RAF Henlow for their importance in meeting a range of needs. In particular, the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) advises:

* Paragraph 33: "When planning for ports, airports and airfields that are not subject to a separate national policy statement, plans should consider their growth and role in serving business, leisure, training and emergency service needs. Plans should take account of this Framework as well as the principles set out in the relevant national policy statements and the Government Framework for UK Aviation."

* Paragraph 70: In summary, it advises that to deliver the social, recreational and cultural facilities/services the community needs, planning policies should plan positively for the provision of sports and community venues and guard against the unnecessary loss of valued facilities and services.

* Paragraph 74: In summary, it advises that existing sports and recreational buildings and land should not be built on unless an assessment has been undertaken which has shown it to be surplus to requirements or replacement provision is made.

The potential loss of the airfield to potential development would therefore be considered contrary to all of the above Government policy.

RAF Henlow Airfield: Future Opportunities

Following the closure of the RAF base, the airfield offers potential for development as a sports and commercial aviation centre together with new aviation related, industries and community uses offering potential employment and enhancing local amenities. . A 'mixed use employment' led planning allocation would not be incompatible with the retention of the airfield for aviation use as complementary aviation related employment uses already exist on the site and are likely to attract similarly aligned employers to developments around the perimeter of the airfield. In particular, it has been advised by other stakeholders that the airfield offers potential for:

* Aviation related industries such as light engineering & avionics.
* STEM training through both industrial users and a training college
* LAA aircraft repair & servicing
* Aircraft restoration - especially vintage types in the Listed hangars
* Synergistic development with the IWM/Duxford and the Shuttleworth Collection
* A heritage related community centre
* Wildlife centre based on marshland flora & wetland fauna
* Model aircraft flying

Community Sports Facilities

The RAF Henlow site also accommodates a swimming pool and a golf course that are (or have been) available for use by the wider community beyond military personnel.. It is understood that the pool has recently been closed and decommissioned which is very disappointing due to the role that it played in meeting community needs. The potential for transferring this facility to community control should be explored. As the loss of these facilities loss would result in the displacement of existing community users, any development allocation that would result in the loss of these facilities would need to demonstrate that they are genuinely surplus to requirements in accordance with paragraph 74 of the NPPF and that adequate alternative facilities are available for meeting needs in the local area.

The sports pitches and tennis courts to the south of the RAF site also offer potential for meeting community needs once military use has ceased to help address local needs. Sport England will be a statutory consultee on any future planning application that affects these sports facilities so it is advocated that any site allocation for the site safeguards the playing fields for community use to meet the needs of a potential residential development or existing local needs. Alternatively, Sport England would expect the playing fields to be replaced as part of a development. Any site allocation policy should provide guidance on the future use of these playing fields and it will be expected that the proposals accord with paragraph 74 of the NPPF.

Conclusion

As set out in the Site Assessment Framework analysis for the wider RAF Henlow site (site NLP469), the airfield area of the site has a number of constraints including the MBDA exclusion zone, listed buildings, highways capacity, biodiversity, ground contamination, multiple land ownerships etc which will affect the capacity, site planning and delivery of mixed use development. It is therefore important that the scope and nature of any future development allocation is fully informed by the consideration of these matters. If the airfield and/or supporting ancillary facilities were allocated for development in the plan Sport England would expect to object to such a site allocation. We would also object to the loss of sports facilities (or proposals that would prejudice their use) such as the playing fields, swimming pool and golf course unless their loss can be justified or satisfactory mitigation in accordance with Government policy could be made. To help ensure that a fully informed decision is made about a future allocation on the site, it is therefore requested that the following are undertaken:

* A feasibility study is undertaken to assess the scope and nature of development potential on the RAF Henlow site before reaching conclusions about the areas that could be allocated for development. This should include an assessment of the existing aviation uses of the site and their potential to develop and expand in the future as part of a wider employment led development on this part of the site. This should also consider the future of the community sports facilities.
* A development brief or masterplan should be agreed by the Council to inform and co-ordinate the development of the site and this should be a requirement of any site allocation policy.
* Consultations should take place with key airfield stakeholders such as the soon to be established Henlow Heritage Association (that is being established by local stakeholders including resident pilots and Directors of the Flying Club to conserve the airfield and supporting uses), Henlow Flying Club, the General Aviation Awareness Council (GAAC) and the Light Aircraft Association.

Ideally, subject to consideration of the issues raised through the above recommended actions, the airfield and its supporting facilities should be safeguarded as part of any development allocation with provision made for aviation related employment development in the surrounding area that can contribute towards ensuring the long term sustainability of the airfield as well as meeting the Council's employment land objectives.
It is requested that the Council considers this representation in conjunction with separate reps made by the GAAC and the soon to be established Henlow Heritage Association on the site which cover other issues of importance relating to the need to safeguard the future of the airfield.

Sport England, together with other stakeholder would be happy to discuss the future of the RAF Henlow site with the Council and discuss the representations in more detail.

Comment

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 6350

Received: 29/08/2017

Respondent: Henlow Parish Council

Representation:

HPC broadly support sites identified for Henlow parish.
NLP268 is incorrect it does not contain a playing field.
HPC also supports the sites CBC has chosen not to progress as outside settlement envelope or would cause coalescence.
All housing development must be subject to highest environmental standards for SUDs to prevent exacerbating flood risk.
Many natural and historical environmental assets Henlow Conservation Area, listed buildings and priority habitat designations must be safeguarded.
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Comment

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 6444

Received: 29/08/2017

Respondent: Mr David Shelvey

Representation:

*RAF Henlow. I am very supportive of the mixed use approach to the site and the opportunity to develop High tech businesses such as Blue Abyss. More detail is needed on the impact of both business and additional housing on the south side of the airbase on the local road network and other infrastructure including health.
*Site NLP268 refers to a "playing field". This has never existed at this location and is an erroneous description extending from the Derwent school site which is clearly defined in its own boundaries.
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As Ward Member I have attended the community planning events and discussed the plan with many residents to see what their concerns are. I have also read the plan in some detail and the following is may comments on areas that are lacking that effect this Ward.

1.Settlement Coalescence.

The statements in Chapter 9 and associated policy to protect against settlement coalescence in Northern Central Bedfordshire are much too weak. In the event 5 year land supply is lost at any time during the plan then the policy will have almost no protection against the joining of villages in the North. (The South is able to benefit from Green Belt).

Much stronger protection enshrined as policy is needed to protect our village heritage in the North including defining important countryside gaps and using public funds/S106 to provide protected green gaps. Why hasn't the Green Belt study looked to define new Green Belt in the North, I was under the impression that this was to be part of the plan.

Of particular concern locally are
*Separation of Clifton and Shefford (now only one field in places).
*Henlow village and Clifton (2 fields) and ribbon development pressure on Clifton Rd.
*Henlow and Langford. Creeping ribbon development pressure along Langford Rd
*Henlow village and Henlow Camp - ribbon development pressure along Hitchin Rd in open countryside
*Henlow and Arlesey - creeping development from Henlow towards Arlesey station along A507

Local people want much stronger protection of these gaps and may well be prepared to support development in villages if separation can be guaranteed to remain.

2. Transport Infrastructure

The plan highlights that it is infrastructure led and discusses the Strategic transport initiatives that are well documented in the plan and the need for them to be in place before development as essential. I feel that there is no detail about the requirement to upgrade the other main roads in my area including the A507 and A6.

The A507 is very congested at peak times in several places. In particular it is often at a standstill between Henlow Crown roundabout and Arlesey roundabout. Recent developer surveys have shown the Crown roundabout is over-capacity on all four arms at peak morning & evening periods. No additional development should be permitted which impacts on this roundabout until this issue is addressed. It is of particular concern that CBC Highways team ignore incremental development if under a quite large percentage increase. This ignores the combined impact of smaller developments over time on road capacity and is a deeply flawed approach. It needs to be changed.

If the proposed Arlesey development of 2000 homes is to proceed no mention has been made of improvements needed to the A507 between Arlesey and A1(M) J10 or to widening Arlesey railway bridge.

Looking at the current situation and if any new sites are to be agreed in the Henlow/Clifton/Arlesey area the local traffic improvements which are needed include
*Henlow Clifton Rd/Crown roundabout to A507/Crown roundabout. Carriageway widening and/or removal of Clifton Rd roundabout.
*Bird-in Hand roundabout Stondon/Henlow Camp will become overloaded at peak times if all proposed developments to be taken forward in the area are permitted and there is large development at Henlow Camp.
*Arlesey western relief road (part of current Masterplan) needs to be completed.
*If mixed use development (or any development) at RAF Henlow proceeds then improvements are needed to the dangerous B659 road between Henlow Camp & Henlow village including provision of a safe cycle route to Arlesey Station and Henlow village and improvements to pedestrian walkways including a safe crossing of the A507.
*Completion of safer routes to school access especially from Arlesey to Henlow Middle School and Samuel Whitbread. Also from Henlow village to Samuel Whitbread and onward to Shefford.
*Cycle way provision from Stondon/Henlow Camp to Shefford.

3.Other comments

*RAF Henlow. I am very supportive of the mixed use approach to the site and the opportunity to develop High tech businesses such as Blue Abyss. More detail is needed on the impact of both business and additional housing on the south side of the airbase on the local road network and other infrastructure including health.
*Site NLP268 refers to a "playing field". This has never existed at this location and is an erroneous description extending from the Derwent school site which is clearly defined in its own boundaries.
*I am generally supportive of the site assessments and those being taken forward in the plan but must reiterate that the combined effect on roads locally will make them undeliverable without substantial investment, the detail of which is missing from the plan.
*Residents will not support the housing unless there is more clarity on these matters and that Green belt is introduced to the North to protect the small gaps that remain between villages

Comment

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 6498

Received: 29/08/2017

Respondent: Natural England

Representation:

Other growth areas
Examining the Parish Maps and Site Assessments, there are additional potential sites that do not appear to be described in the headline growth options:

Henlow parish. NLP469 RAF Henlow (~700 dwellings) We note that over 50% of the site is non-agricultural land i.e. it is brownfield. Please refer to our General advice on potential allocations, above.

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Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 6662

Received: 29/08/2017

Respondent: Axiom Developments

Agent: DLP Planning Ltd

Representation:

Land off Clifton Road, Henlow
A number of opportunities for growth exist in and around some of the minor service centres such a Henlow, which have a good level of services and facilities including a school, doctor's surgery and basic retail facilities providing for the convenience needs of local residents.
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Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 6798

Received: 11/10/2017

Respondent: ASK-Re The Property People

Agent: Optimis Consulting

Representation:

The site ALP265 is able to accommodate 12 dwellings and although the recent planning history (16/04555) has sought consent for an exception site, this proposed allocation is for a residential scheme with 30%
affordable housing (4 units).
This site is a suitable location for development, with excellent access to amenities and facilities and on the edge of a sustainable village. We therefore seek an allocation for 12 dwellings together with such improvements to the highway as is required by the highways authority.

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Comment

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 6952

Received: 29/08/2017

Respondent: Gladman Developments Limited

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Appendix 3 - Land off Langford Road, Henlow
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Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 6961

Received: 29/08/2017

Respondent: JLL

Representation:

A Site Assessment Form has been completed for RAF Henlow (NLP469) and is included in the evidence base for the Draft Local Plan. The site was considered to pass all of the relevant tests in coming forward as a site allocation and growth location for housing in the Draft Local Plan.
It is unclear why the site was not progressed into the Draft Local Plans housing considerations given the previous representations submitted in April and December 2016.

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Support

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 6980

Received: 28/08/2017

Respondent: Rowan Homes

Agent: Optimis Consulting

Representation:

ALP001 The landowner is seeking an allocation for residential development, with access taken from Clifton Road. Preliminary layouts have indicated that the site is capable of delivering up to 50 dwellings based on 35 dwellings per hectare with land provided on site for public open space and strategic landscaping.

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