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Support

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 310

Received: 28/07/2017

Respondent: Mr & Mrs J Hillyard

Agent: J & J Design

Representation:

Land at Apsley End Road Shillington (ALP062)
We support the allocation of this site as a Housing Site. The site area is 0.7ha and has a maximum capacity of 28 dwellings. However, by reason of the site's location within the Conservation Area a sensitively designed low density housing scheme would be more appropriate.

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Land at Apsley End Road Shillington (ALP062)

The site is located on the west side of Apsley End Road, Shillington 300m south of Apsley End Crossroads. The site is used for the open storage of building materials and contains stables and a grazing paddock on the western part. Planning permission has recently been granted for stables and a hay barn. There is a current application for a self-build lifetime eco-home to replace the open storage yard.

The site is outside but adjacent to the Settlement Envelope of Shillington, Apsley End. The site abuts the boundary of the Settlement Envelope on the east side. We support the allocation of this site as a Housing Site. The site area is 0.7ha and has a maximum capacity of 28 dwellings. However, by reason of the site's location within the Conservation Area a sensitively designed low density housing scheme would be more appropriate. A landscaped buffer would be planted at the rear of Mulberry Cottage to screen the development from the Listed Building.

In view of the statutory duty on the Council to provide sufficient serviced plots for self build and custom housebuilding to meet local demand and the current levels of demand in Central Bedfordshire, the landowners consider that a low density self build scheme with 10-15 serviced plots would be ideal on this proposed allocation.

The landowners have expressed support for draft LP Policy H7 and supporting text.

We attach the Ecological Appraisal, Heritage Impact Assessment, Tree Survey report and Sustainable Drainage Strategy prepared in support of the current application for a single eco-home. These will demonstrate the context of the proposed allocation as a Housing Site in the CBC Local Plan 2035.

The Ecological Appraisal concluded that the site's development would only result in a minimal impact on species and biodiversity. The current use of the larger site for equestrian grazing is likely to result in low biodiversity potential.

The Heritage Impact Assessment concluded that the impact of development on the setting of the Listed Building and Heritage Assets would be minimal, given the limited visual linkages and the proposed landscape planting belt.

The Tree Survey report concluded that boundary trees should be retained and protected if the site is developed.

The Sustainable Drainage Strategy demonstrates that development can be successfully drained in line with the CBC Sustainable Drainage Guidance.

The Site Assessment states the site is over 800m from a bus stop. This is not correct. The nearest bus stop is at Apsley End Crossroads 300m north of the site.

The site is in single ownership and is capable of delivery within the early of the Plan Period. In order to assist the Council with its duty under Section 2A of the Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 as amended by the Housing and Planning Act 2016 Section 9 and 10, the landowners would be willing to commit to bring the allocation for Self-Build forward within three years.

The site is close to the local facilities offered by The Musgrave Arms PH and within convenient walking distance from the local bus services to Hitchin and Luton. These comprise:

* Service 79 Luton to Meppershall via Barton-le-Clay & Shefford Monday Saturday 6 services each way
* Service 89 Hitchin to Henlow Camp via Pirton & Meppershall Monday Friday 4 services each way Saturday 3 services

Object

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 349

Received: 30/07/2017

Respondent: Mr Vincent Heneghan

Representation:

ALP 062

12 Apsley End Road

1) No notification

2) Conservation area

3)Shared access with ourselves,we have a legal full right of way as set out in the deeds.

4)Noise and disruption seriously impact on our equestrian use.

5)Flood risk as the land the current cottages sit on is 4ft lower than the proposed site. Residents have experienced serious flooding.

6) We own the hedgerow that runs between the properties.

7)Apsley End is a narrow country lane that barely copes with traffic flow now, in particular farm vehicles.

Apsley End is a rural hamlet that would struggle with any development.

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Apsley End is a narrow We own the hedgerow that runs between Noise and disruptionALP 062

We live at 12 Apsley End Road,next door to the proposed site and we have several objections.

1) We are at the point that the proposal is going to the 2nd stage and yet we or it appears anyone that will be affected has not been notified.

2)The site is within a Conservation area and would seriously compromise historic landscape setting.
3)The site has limited access which is a shared access between the landowners and ourselves. This is a legal right of way as set out in the deeds on our property, it's continuously used for access to our stable yard so fail to see how any development works would be possible.

4)The site is very small, the noise and disruption would seriously impact on our equestrian use.

5)The site is approx. 4ft higher that the ground the current cottages sit on and we have experienced serious flooding issues all along Apsley End.

6)The existing hedgerow that runs the full length between our property and the land belongs to us.

7) Apsley End is a narrow country road that struggles at the best of times with the traffic flow especially during the Summer when in places it's impossible to pass farm vehicles. Any increased volume would cause serious issues including dangerous situations as the site comes out on a blind bend.

In conclusion Apsley End is a hamlet largely within a Conservation area that would not cope with significant development. It's a rural location surrounded by acres of farmland and to the rear of the site is Apsley wood so any development would have a serious impact on this as well many country pursuits that still take place. The site lies between two shoots, is this conducive to a new development?

Object

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 354

Received: 31/07/2017

Respondent: Mr Vincent Heneghan

Representation:

Reference to Site Assessment form

No.11 As residents of No. 12 next door we have a legal right of way over the site.

No. 12 The site has storage containers, not permanent structures.

No. 22 There is an Electric sub station on the site.

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Reference to Site Assessment form

No.11 As residents of No. 12 next door we have a legal right of way over the site.

No. 12 The site has storage containers, not permanent structures.

No. 22 There is an Electric sub station on the site.

Object

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 356

Received: 01/08/2017

Respondent: Mr Mark Hughes

Representation:

We have the following concerns and objections:
1. Appearance visual impact -the proposal would not enhance the appearance or character of the conservation area that would be built on.
2.Privacy would be an issue if the build went ahead
3.Additional Flood Risk to Mulberry Cottage, surrounding land and the brook across the Apsley End Road.
4. Noise Pollution would be increased which would be an adverse effect on the neighborhood
5. Apsley End Road has several pinch points highlighted on the Apsley End Conservation Area map. Increased volume of traffic danger would add to an already potential dangerous road.

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ALP062
We have looked at the call for sites Assessment framework for ALP062 and would like to object. We have concerns that the proposal would not enhance the appearance or character of the conservation area ref - Apsley End Shillington conservation area pages on Mid Bed Council website.
We would also have an issue with privacy as Mulberry Cottage (Grade II listed building) is approx 1 metre lower then the land behind.The screening with trees would not be a solution as this would only reduce light.
We are concerned with potential flood risk as Mulberry Cottage appears to be in zone 2 & 3.As previously stated the land behind is higher and there has been a history of flooding of properties along Apsley End Road including Mulberry Cottage. We have concerns over runoff water from the road way and hard standing for vehicles tight behind our cottage. We also are worried the the land behind Mulberry Cottage may not be on the flood risk zone, but would exasperate flooding of the land that the cottage is on and the brook across the road.
We would also like to highlight we currently we have no noise pollution and would like Apsley End to remain this way.

Object

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 648

Received: 09/08/2017

Respondent: Mrs Doreen Mills

Representation:

I am a resident of Apsley End Road and a neighbour of the proposed Call for Sites plot. I have several objections as below:-

1. It would create more traffic on a very narrow road, for instance directly outside my property you can barely get two cars passing each other and it would be hazardous for me to reverse off my drive.
2. The road and surrounding areas flood very easily.
3. Apsley End Road is a conservation area with many character properties.
4.I understand the consultation ends on 29 August - to date I have received no notification.

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I am a resident of 10 Apsley End Road and a neighbour of the proposed Call for Sites plot. I have several objections as below:-

1. It would create more traffic on a very narrow road, for instance directly outside my property you can barely get two cars passing each other and it would be hazardous for me to reverse off my drive.
2. The road and surrounding areas flood very easily.
3. Apsley End Road is a conservation area with many character properties.
4.I understand the consultation ends on 29 August - to date I have received no notification.

Object

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 652

Received: 09/08/2017

Respondent: Mr Vincent Heneghan

Representation:

ALP 062

With regard to above site and as referred to previously please see attached photos of affects of heavy rain, and this is August!!

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ALP 062

With regard to above site and as referred to previously please see attached photos of affects of heavy rain, and this is August!!

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Object

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 805

Received: 12/08/2017

Respondent: Mr Mark Field

Representation:

AlP167,NLP188 & Alp166. The roads will be too congested. The top of the High Road / Marquis Hill is already dangerous due to traffic coming from Stondon and Henlow at speed due to the straight road entering the village, with cars parked on the road this will cause more problems with parking and access to entrances.
The additional children will not have places at the local school.
The open countryside will be damaged and lost.

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AlP167,NLP188 & Alp166. The roads will be too congested. The top of the High Road / Marquis Hill is already dangerous due to traffic coming from Stondon and Henlow at speed due to the straight road entering the village, with cars parked on the road this will cause more problems with parking and access to entrances.
The additional children will not have places at the local school.
The open countryside will be damaged and lost.

Object

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 811

Received: 13/08/2017

Respondent: Mr Jeffery Rix

Representation:

ALP166, NLP243, ALP275, ALP402.
ALP, NLP188.
ALP062

Overall the proposals for these three sites are way beyond what this village can sustain in terms of traffic congestion, sewage disposal and provision of schooling.
The loss of green space, rural walks and views adversely affects the character of the Conservation Area currently enjoyed by residents,

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ALP166, NLP243, ALP275, ALP402.
ALP, NLP188.
ALP062

Overall the proposals for these three sites are way beyond what this village can sustain in terms of traffic congestion, sewage disposal and provision of schooling.
The loss of green space, rural walks and views adversely affects the character of the Conservation Area currently enjoyed by residents,

J.S.Rix
17 Church View Avenue
Shillington
SG5 3NL

Object

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 819

Received: 13/08/2017

Respondent: Mr Paul Bruce

Representation:

Schools for future children will not be able to cope.
Roads as existing will not be able to cope.
Any improvements made to Hillfoot Road would cause terrible upheavals to the existing population.

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REF:- Gables Field. ALP166, NLP243, ALP275 and ALP402.

We strongly object to these planning applications for the following reasons.

1. No consideration has been given to building a new Lower school as the existing school in Shillington is already at capacity. When these children then need to go to a middle school then they will all require transport as there are no Middle schools within walking distance. This will increase the traffic on an already struggling road network.
2. Hillfoot road cannot cope with the existing traffic. With every additional house comes more cars. The corner where Church Street meets Hillfoot road is very tight and local traffic struggles to get round the corner safely especially when there is a bus coming. The increase in traffic requires serious consideration. Hillfoot road at the very least needs widening. The corner with Church Street will need to be improved, this will require demolition of some of the existing residences on the corner.
3. There are many footpaths crossing Gables Field which are regularly used by many of the local residents including ourselves. The loss of these footpaths and the associated fields and views would be detrimental to the overall enjoyment of living in Shillington.
4. The scale of these proposed developments are too large and out of character for a small village.

Support

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 820

Received: 13/08/2017

Respondent: Mr Paul Bruce

Representation:

REF:- CB/17/02941 and CB/17/02990 Villiage hall.

We would like it to be known that we fully support the above two developments.
The existing village hall is a well used facility, but it is too small for many of its current uses and the building is in need of many repairs.
A new village hall combined with a social club would be of great benefit to the whole village.

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REF:- CB/17/02941 and CB/17/02990 Villiage hall.

We would like it to be known that we fully support the above two developments.
The existing village hall is a well used facility, but it is too small for many of its current uses and the building is in need of many repairs.
A new village hall combined with a social club would be of great benefit to the whole village.

Object

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 855

Received: 14/08/2017

Respondent: Mr kevin hallworth

Representation:

ALP166
NLP243
ALP275
ALP402

I object to all of the above as they would a bring major increase in traffic to this area of the village especially on High road and Hillfoot road.Access to this site would seriously affect the connecting roads and residents.
This area of land is one of the last remaining green areas in the village centre and any remaining rural views would be destroyed.These development plans of up to 115 houses are completely out of scale for a village of this size. Insufficient services i.e schools,shops,public transport for such an increase in population.

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ALP166
NLP243
ALP275
ALP402

I object to all of the above as they would a bring major increase in traffic to this area of the village especially on High road and Hillfoot road.Access to this site would seriously affect the connecting roads and residents.
This area of land is one of the last remaining green areas in the village centre and any remaining rural views would be destroyed.These development plans of up to 115 houses are completely out of scale for a village of this size. Insufficient services i.e schools,shops,public transport for such an increase in population.

Object

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 869

Received: 14/08/2017

Respondent: Mr Vincent Heneghan

Representation:

ALP 062

Please see attached photos of farm traffic travelling along Apsley End at considerable speed passing around a blind bend just before the entrance to proposed site, very difficult to pass as they almost take the whole road up, particularly hazardous at this time of year.

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ALP 062

Please see attached photos of farm traffic travelling along Apsley End at considerable speed passing around a blind bend just before the entrance to proposed site, very difficult to pass as they almost take the whole road up, particularly hazardous at this time of year.

Attachments:

Object

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 900

Received: 15/08/2017

Respondent: Mrs Karen Sweetman

Representation:

severe traffic problems on small ill equipped streets and roads
Loss of countryside destroying character of village
Loss of well used safe walking footpaths for the community
The whole village will be compromised as a development of this size is completely out of scale and character
Conservation area will be adversely affected.
No space for children in the local school or middle schools

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Ref Nos.-ALP166,NLP243,ALP275,&ALP402
A development of 115 houses on this field would cause serious traffic issues in shillington. Issues for small roads Church Street Hillfoot Road and Bury Road. How could traffic come in and out of rthe high road that end of New Walk is too Narrow for the 2 lane access required for such a large estate.
This is one of the few major Green spaces left in Shillington due to other developments and indeed there are other proposed developments so these Plans should not be taken in isolation.
The footpaths in New Walk and the Gables field are well used and enjoyed. They are safe places to walk and i walk my dog there with my grandchildren. Please do not take our spaces away and our rural views.
This development is too big for Shillington and is completely out of scale and character for Shillington village.
Such a large development on the gables field site would adversely affect the character of the conservation area around thomas' meadow and the older part of the village.
WHERE ARE ALL THE CHILDREN GOING TO GO TO SCHOOL? My Grandchildren attend Shillington Lower but the school is Full to burst as are the local middle schools!

Object

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 977

Received: 15/08/2017

Respondent: Mrs Bronwen Reynolds

Representation:

ALP166,NLP243,ALP275,ALP402,ALP167,NLP188,ALP062

We strongly object to more houses being built in our village. Yet more loss of open countryside, a major green space will be destroyed (as will the wildlife). The fields and countryside are well used and enjoyed. Our school is already overcrowded, there is no room at either the village school or local middle schools. Yet more developments in our village is completely out of scale and character. The traffic problems created, especially in Hillfoot Road, would be dangerous and cause congestion, causing access problems to public transport and emergency vehicles.
Mr and Mrs Reynolds

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ALP166,NLP243,ALP275,ALP402,ALP167,NLP188,ALP062

We strongly object to more houses being built in our village. Yet more loss of open countryside, a major green space will be destroyed (as will the wildlife). The fields and countryside are well used and enjoyed. Our school is already overcrowded, there is no room at either the village school or local middle schools. Yet more developments in our village is completely out of scale and character. The traffic problems created, especially in Hillfoot Road, would be dangerous and cause congestion, causing access problems to public transport and emergency vehicles.
Mr and Mrs Reynolds

Object

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 1117

Received: 16/08/2017

Respondent: Mrs Nicola McGonagle

Representation:

ALP166, NLP243,ALP275,ALP402, alp167, Nlp188, Alp062
I wish to object to building on green land in the centre of our beautiful village because it is already full of traffic and will lead to greater traffic issues making it unsafe for residents. We do not have the road or school availability. Many of our green spaces have already been taken. This is a village not a town.

We regularly use this walkway close to our home.

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ALP166, NLP243,ALP275,ALP402, alp167, Nlp188, Alp062
I wish to object to building on green land in the centre of our beautiful village because it is already full of traffic and will lead to greater traffic issues making it unsafe for residents. We do not have the road or school availability. Many of our green spaces have already been taken. This is a village not a town.

We regularly use this walkway close to our home.

Object

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 1279

Received: 18/08/2017

Respondent: Mr Peter Carroll

Representation:

Gables Field, Shillington.
ALP402, ALP275, ALP166, NLP243.
Objecting to building here won't be in keeping with the village character as defined by its open spaces; its strategic location at heart of village.
Proposals don't fulfil statutory requirements as to presumptive protection of heritage.
No additional capacity at school.
Additional traffic generated can't be resolved by calming measures. Traffic safety and air quality concerns.
Water electric gas broadband requirements already stretched. Providers unlikely to supply and developer won't afford supply.
Council to supply new facilities for teenagers?
Village will become small town without the facilities needed for town.
Urge complete rejection.

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Dear Sir / Madam,
Planning reference numbers ALP402, ALP275, ALP166, NLP243
We write to object, in the strongest possible terms, to the schemes of construction currently being suggested for the Gables Field in Shillington ('Gables').
We understand that developers are in the process of attempting to obtain planning consents to build houses on some of Shillington's green spaces. We are particularly concerned that construction is being proposed on Gables, primarily because of its strategic location as essentially the heart of the village. Almost all of our objections set out below apply equally to the field north of Dawes Garage (regrettably we do not know its name) ('Dawes') which has the planning reference numbers NLP188 and ALP167.
The building of (potentially) 115 houses on Gables would not at all be in keeping with the character of the village. Shillington is defined by its open spaces and building on Gables would be tantamount to destruction of the very heart of the village. For very important reasons, Gables is within the conservation area boundary. Building within this boundary would conflict with the village character and there is no provision in any of the proposals which would protect this very valuable designation.
The proposals would not fulfil the statutory requirements as to the presumptive protection of our heritage as the conservation area would be significantly adversely affected by the intrusion of new building works.
Furthermore, each and every one of the current amenities of the village are already fully stretched.
There is no room at the village school for the number of potential school-age new residents in the development areas being proposed, there is no proposal for a doctor's surgery or indeed any additional amenity which would be required as a result of new housing of the scale proposed.
The additional traffic from occupants of new dwellings of the extent set out in the proposals would amount to at least a 10% increase in vehicle movements. We have significant concerns as regards safety and air quality for both existing and new residents were these proposals to be permitted. We already have a busy High Road with heavy traffic at peak times. This would not and cannot be mitigated by, for instance, traffic calming measures, as such measures would merely add to the congestion and almost certainly leave the Council open to actions for vibration damage as has been the case elsewhere in the Council's area.
We have further concerns regarding the additional capacity requirements for each of the normal facilities which homes these days require. For instance, Anglia Water have no plans to deliver additional piping to the village, so it must be left to the chosen developers to put in miles of piping which, frankly, they could not afford to do. The same arguments can go for electricity and gas supplies, as well as BT's lack of plans for the installation of enough facility to meet the whole of the expanded village requirements for high speed broadband.
Furthermore, what provision will be made by the Council to provide facilities for the changed demographics? Is the Council planning to provide new facilities for the 13 - 16 year olds who will come in to live in the new houses?
We would also ask the Council to consider the wishes of the current residents to retain all of its open spaces. These are green spaces that are used for recreational and community benefit.
Making Shillington significantly larger would mean that it would become not a village, but a small town, but a town without the facilities and amenities to support a small town.
Taking all of these considerations into account, you will be able to see that planning applications of the size and scope of those currently being proposed are not sustainable in planning terms.
If the Council wishes to agree to these proposals, we trust that it will clearly demonstrate that it has come to the conclusion that the plans are sustainable and explain how such proposals will add to or even maintain the character of the village.
We urge the Council to reject outright any proposals to build new dwellings on Gables.

Yours sincerely

Peter and Kathleen Carroll
[address redacted]

Object

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 1337

Received: 20/08/2017

Respondent: Mrs Julie Hallworth

Representation:

ALP166
NLP243
ALP275
ALP402

The strain of the extra traffic on the already busy high street would lead to the possibility of increased accidents.
The suggested 115 would be a very large development and the lack of space in the local schools is an issue.
Loss of the open countryside would destroy a conservation area and I would worry for the wild life. Bats live in and around this field and their natural habitat would be destroyed.
A development of this size is totally too big for this village and is out of keeping being on such a large scale.

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ALP166
NLP243
ALP275
ALP402

The strain of the extra traffic on the already busy high street would lead to the possibility of increased accidents.
The suggested 115 would be a very large development and the lack of space in the local schools is an issue.
Loss of the open countryside would destroy a conservation area and I would worry for the wild life. Bats live in and around this field and their natural habitat would be destroyed.
A development of this size is totally too big for this village and is out of keeping being on such a large scale.

Comment

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 1410

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.

Object

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 1412

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.

Object

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 1433

Received: 14/08/2017

Respondent: Ms Valerie Francis

Representation:

I am writing to object to the references ALP166, NLP243, ALP275, ALP402, ALP402, ALP167, NLP188, ALP062. I feel very strong about our village and the fact we are very small and have on going problems with parking. I walk around the village and enjoy our green field and country views, it will spoil our conservation area. the village is being smothered by building work

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I am writing to object to the references ALP166, NLP243, ALP275, ALP402, ALP402, ALP167, NLP188, ALP062. I feel very strong about our village and the fact we are very small and have on going problems with parking. I walk around the village and enjoy our green field and country views, it will spoil our conservation area. the village is being smothered by building work.

Object

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 1516

Received: 22/08/2017

Respondent: Mrs Marion Wotherspoon

Representation:

If this development goes ahead
*Elderly and disabled would loose easy access to countryside
*Traditionally ribbon development in the village(NOT INFILL)
*Loss of the open character of the village
*Traffic congestion increasing on Hillfoot Road due to existing new developments
*Size of development too large
*Not enough capacity in the drains and sewers to accommodate this size of development

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ALP166, NLP243, ALP275 and ALP402
I would like to raise my objections to the above proposed developments.
* Shillington has a tradition of ribbon development in order for all the residence to have easy access to the open countryside. Our elderly and disabled residence often use the well trodden footpaths, that run through the proposed sites. As they do not have to walk far to access them. The field that the proposed sites are on, plays a huge part in keeping the figure of eight shape to our village. These open spaces would be a great loss to our community.
*As I live in Hillfoot Road I am very aware of the traffic congestion along the top of Hillfoot Road and down as far as the Noah's Ark public house. The traffic has increased recently due to the redevelopment of the garage site behind Hillfoot Road and the development on part of the Noah's Ark car park.The public house used to allow residence to park on their property and now this traffic and the previous tenants of the garages have spilled out onto the surrounding roads. I am sure you are already aware of the congestion at the top of the road, due to the Thomas's Meadow development having been turned down once already as it is positioned on a particularly congested part of this road. All saints church has no parking at all. Therefore, when there is an event at the church. Once again the traffic spills onto Hillfoot Road and the grass verges. If the entrance to these developments is from Hillfoot Road, this could also cause problems for the lay by that runs along the front of part of Hillfoot Road. (rat-run)
*I feel that this size of development is totally out of character for this village and will put too much strain on the drainage. There isn't the capacity for this amount of extra sewage. The sewage treatment works in the village, often stinks. Please bear in mind that there are developments taking place in some of the other villages such as Meppershall whose sewage also goes into the treatment plant in Shillington.

Object

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 1601

Received: 23/08/2017

Respondent: Mrs Nicola Monk

Representation:

See above. The proposals are not sustainable. Traffic problems, lack of school places and negative impact on rural life.

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ALP166, NLP243, ALP275, ALP 402 (Gables Field)
ALP167 and NLP188

The proposed development in the above locations would cause huge problems for Shillington. The roads and community cannot withstand an increased volume of traffic much of which already breaks the speed limit. There have been several serious accidents on Marquis Hill in recent years. With more development the traffic problems will only get worse and rural life destroyed. Access from Hillfoot Rd to the Gables siite would cause significant traffic congestion in the heart of the village.

There are no places at the local Shillington Lower school, and Robert Bloomfield is over subscribed and will have further pressure from the ongoing development in Shefford.

In summary an additional 175 houses, 400 people and 350 cars cannot be sustained. I strongly object to these proposals.

Object

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 1638

Received: 23/08/2017

Respondent: Mrs Marion Wotherspoon

Representation:

If this development goes ahead *Elderly and disabled would loose easy access to countryside *Traditionally ribbon development in the village(NOT INFILL) *Loss of the open character of the village *Traffic congestion increasing on Hillfoot Road due to existing new developments *Size of development too large *Not enough capacity in the drains and sewers to accommodate this size of development*School over subscribed and no room to expand(No car park)*Demolition of Victorian buildings *Lack of public transport
*Possible detrimental effect on protected species

Full text:

ALP166
I would like to raise my objections to the above proposed developments.
* Shillington has a tradition of ribbon development in order for all the residence to have easy access to the open countryside. Our elderly and disabled residence often use the well trodden footpaths, that run through the proposed sites. As they do not have to walk far to access them. The field that the proposed sites are on, plays a huge part in keeping the figure of eight shape to our village. These open spaces would be a great loss to our community.
*I understand it is being discussed that the access for this development could be at the top of Hillfoot Road. As I live in Hillfoot Road I am very aware of the traffic congestion along the top of the road and down as far as the Noah's Ark public house. The traffic has increased recently due to the redevelopment of the garage site behind Hillfoot Road and the development on part of the Noah's Ark car park. The landlady of the public house used to allow residence to park on her property and now this traffic and the previous tenants of the garages have spilled out onto the surrounding roads. I am sure you are already aware of the congestion at the top of the road, due to the Thomas's Meadow development having been turned down once already. As it is positioned on a particularly congested part of this road. All saints church has no parking at all. Therefore, when there is an event at the church. Once again the traffic spills onto Hillfoot Road and the grass verges. If the entrance to these developments is from Hillfoot Road, this could also cause problems for the lay by that runs along the front of part of Hillfoot Road. (rat-run)
*I feel that this size of development is totally out of character for this village and will put too much strain on the drainage. There isn't the capacity for this amount of extra sewage. The sewage treatment works in the village, often stinks. Please bear in mind that there are developments taking place in some of the other villages such as Meppershall whose sewage also goes into the treatment plant in Shillington.
*As an employee at the local school, I am very aware of the lack of capacity within the school to cater for the amount of children a development of this size could bring. The school has six parking spaces on site. At present when the school has an event taking place the traffic parks on Greenfields and Hillfoot Road.This already causes great distress for the residence of Greenfields in particular as, they already have to put up with the traffic during drop off and pick up. The traffic also causes a huge hazard to the childrens safety.
*It would be a great shame and loss to our historic village if the small terrace of Victorian cottages along New Walk, were demolished to make way for part of this development.
*You may also need to be made aware that we have a protected species on site at the school and their range may include part of the development site. Great Crest Newts, listed on Schedule 5 of the wildlife and countryside act 1981
*We have a severe lack of public transport and have been advised that we may be loosing another of our very few bus routes.

Object

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 1735

Received: 23/08/2017

Respondent: Mre Frances Campion

Representation:

ALP166, NLP243, ALP275, ALP402
Development on above site, will have a negative impact for the following reasons;
Loss of established and historic footpaths through field - used daily by local residents.
Development of this size, would require major new infrastructure i.e. Schools, Dr's
Building on this scale would completely change the character of Shillington.

Full text:

ALP166, NLP243, ALP275, ALP402
Development on above site, will have a negative impact for the following reasons;
Loss of established and historic footpaths through field - used daily by local residents.
Development of this size, would require major new infrastructure i.e. Schools, Dr's
Building on this scale would completely change the character of Shillington.

Object

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 1762

Received: 24/08/2017

Respondent: Mr Damian Smith

Representation:

ALP166
NLP243
ALP275
ALP402
ALP167
NLP188
ALP062

I object to these proposed developments for the following reasons:

* Loss of views and green spaces
* Increase in traffic and traffic problems
* Too many houses already for a village of this size and infrastructure
* Loss of footpaths and walking areas
* Not enough shops/school places for more people

Full text:

ALP166
NLP243
ALP275
ALP402
ALP167
NLP188
ALP062

I object to these proposed developments for the following reasons:

* Loss of views and green spaces
* Increase in traffic and traffic problems
* Too many houses already for a village of this size and infrastructure
* Loss of footpaths and walking areas
* Not enough shops/school places for more people

Object

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 2030

Received: 25/08/2017

Respondent: Canton Ltd

Agent: Woods Hardwick Planning Ltd

Representation:

See full representations

Full text:

Canton Ltd object specifically to the findings and conclusions expressed in response to their site submission for 'Land at Hillfoot Road' (Ref: NLP395). The conclusions stated are that the site is within the conservation area and open countryside and that the development of this site would adversely impact the conservation area. This reason for rejection essentially follows the reason for refusal on a previous planning application for this site. It should be noted that the application was recommended for approval by officers but was subsequently refused by the committee.

The application was supported by a comprehensive set of supporting documents addressing all relevant planning considerations. As stated, the assessment follows the reason for refusal. This is helpful in so far as it clarifies that this is the only issue of concern with regard to taking the site forward for further consideration.

Before addressing this issue further, Canton Ltd wish to reinforce the observation in the assessment that the site is well related to the existing built form of Shillington. It is adjoined by development on three sides and contained by existing landscaping to the north. Canton Ltd therefore do not believe that the site should be regarded as open countryside. This is a classification based on the fact that the site is outside of the current defined Settlement Envelope and is not reflective of the particular context of the site.

Following the decision to refuse the previous application, Canton Ltd carefully reviewed the reason for refusal and sought further specialist heritage advice regarding the preparation of a revised planning application for 35 dwellings, which has now been submitted. The application is supported by a very comprehensive Heritage Impact Assessment. The key observations and conclusions of that assessment, which we wish to specifically highlight are as follows:
* The main reason stated for the designation of the conservation area (stated in the current Conservation Area Appraisal (CAA)) was to enable development control to determine whether proposals preserve or enhance the conservation area or its setting i.e. it was more of a development control tool than a recognition that the settlement included buildings and land of special interest.
* The adopted CAA notes the architectural and historic interest of the conservation areas as largely deriving from the surviving historic fabric embodied with the built heritage
* The land does not make a positive contribution to architectural or historic interest of the conservation area as its value has been eroded over time and cannot be experienced in relation to the historic core of Shillington;
* The site does not play a key role om the separation of Shillington from its 'Ends' in view of the extent of intervening modern development. The experience of that separation is no longer apparent or relevant in relation to this site;
* Whilst the proposal would cause a change through the loss of one field within the conservation area, the development proposals for the site are designed to provide an area of open space within the scheme that fronts Hillfoot Road and provides a liner corridor focusing views towards the church along the existing footpath;
* This reflects the local conditions of the site and its surroundings and the resultant loss of a single, former agricultural field within the conservation area will only result in very limited impact upon its special interest;
* In respect of the Grade I listed church, it has been assessed that the proposals would cause no harm to its significance and its special architectural and historic interest would remain undiminished.

The site is located in the centre of Shillington and is therefore the most sustainable location for new development in the settlement. The benefits arising from the proposal in this regard, including the provision of publicly accessible open space (the existing site is private land), outweigh the very limited impact to the conservation area.

Comment

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 2051

Received: 25/08/2017

Respondent: Shillington Parish Council

Representation:

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Full text:

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Object

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 2161

Received: 25/08/2017

Respondent: Mr Ronald Bradstreet

Representation:

ALP166 NLP243 ALP275 ALP402
Building the number of houses projected will reduce this open green area in central Shillington to a housing estate. Many of the objections are similar to the objections to the Thomas' Meadow application and certain of the areas border on the Thomas' Meadow field. The proposed building would also seriously effect the meaning of the Conservation Area. Recently double yellow lines have been installed in Hillfoot Rd./Church St. illustrating there are already traffic problems in the area. This proposal would only make matters worse. It is also the route for the 78 and 89 bus services.

Full text:

ALP166 NLP243 ALP275 ALP402
Building the number of houses projected will reduce this open green area in central Shillington to a housing estate. Many of the objections are similar to the objections to the Thomas' Meadow application and certain of the areas border on the Thomas' Meadow field. The proposed building would also seriously effect the meaning of the Conservation Area. Recently double yellow lines have been installed in Hillfoot Rd./Church St. illustrating there are already traffic problems in the area. This proposal would only make matters worse. It is also the route for the 78 and 89 bus services.

Support

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 2358

Received: 29/08/2017

Respondent: Mr Sam Franklin

Agent: Mr Sam Franklin

Representation:

ALP166, ALP275, ALP402, NLP243 - An excellent and sustainable potential development site offering housing and community benefits.

Full text:

ALP166, ALP275, ALP402, NLP243
The site is in an ideal location for sustainable development, with good access to the school and services locally. Whilst physically the site might support up to 100 dwellings a development of around 80 dwellings would be a better 'fit' for the street scene and the more typical nature of the village.

The site adjoins the village envelope and includes a small part of the Conservation Area. The site offers a discreet development opportunity without significantly affecting views into the village and would have a very limited impact if any on the setting of heritage assets.

The proposal is between existing built residential development which effectively screens the site from heritage assets such that a development in this location would have a limited impact on the Conservation Area, heritage setting and the street scene.

Preliminary desk based archaeological, ecological and landscape assessments demonstrate that there are no significant constraints to development on this site.

The scale of development proposed indicates that highway and services issues should not act as constraints to development. There are opportunities to create open space and highway improvements with New Walk

The site has no known constraints and offers development with a good relationship to the existing development at this point in the village, as well as improved links to the new community centre and playing fields.

Object

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 2391

Received: 27/08/2017

Respondent: Mr. David Bruce

Representation:

I object to development of ALP166, NLP243, ALP275 or ALP402 because it would destroy green space, harm the Conservation Area, damage the rural 'ends' character, destroy popular footpaths, be too large in scale, and cause more traffic on congested village roads. I also object to development on site ALP167 because it would be out of scale for the village and would damage important local views.

Full text:

I object to any development on the sites ALP166, NLP243, ALP275 and ALP402. This space is part of the important green space that forms the open centre of Shillington. Part of it is in, or adjacent to, the Conservation Area in central Shillington which would be adversely affected by development. The area contributes to the rural character of the village and its separate ends so development here would damage that character because, in reality, it would destroy or greatly weaken the separation of Hillfoot End from the main part of Shillington. There are several frequently used footpaths, including New Walk, on these sites. These rural paths would be lost if the area were developed. If developed, these sites would form a much bigger development than others in the village and far too big to be appropriate in scale. There would be more traffic on small roads in the village, especially Church Street and Hillfoot Road, because the access would have to be at the West end of New Walk. The East end is too narrow.

I also object to site ALP167. Developing this site would also be too big a scale for the village and would have a
significant visual impact from Marquis Hill, from the Church and from the Chilterns AONB.