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Comment

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 441

Received: 03/08/2017

Respondent: Westoning Parish Council

Agent: Mrs Lyn Lyman

Representation:

See attached letter

Full text:

See attached letter

Attachments:

Comment

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 1143

Received: 17/08/2017

Respondent: Ms Annemarie Dimambro

Representation:

Can CBC provide the public with reassurance that protected species are identified?
CBC must take into account that development would have implications on wildlife and protected species.

Full text:

Following the recent release of the local plan I would like to express my view that I am opposed to any development in Westoning. We have been already subjected to development over the years and the huge increase in traffic that runs through the village every day will be exacerbated if planning goes ahead and that is not even including all the vehicles (Lorries, dumper trucks etc.) during the long construction phase. Can I please ask that the planning team to carry out a carbon monoxide check as levels will greatly increase if we have further development in the village? The health of the children that attend the local school that is situated on the main road running through Westoning is very concerning as air pollution causes asthma among children and chronic bronchitis and heart disease in adults.

My response is set out below.

Item: 16.4 Nature conservation - Designated Sites and Protected Species
The Greensand Trust have kindly informed me that Otters regularly use the river in the Flitwick area and travel upstream along the stretch through Westoning too so, as a European Protected Species, it is important that Central Bedfordshire take into account the significant impact any development would have and the implications on wildlife here and more so for this protected species.
Would it be possible if Central Bedfordshire Council please provide the public and myself with the reassurance that protected species are identified? I have requested the Bedfordshire and Luton Biodiversity Recording and Monitoring Centre (BRMC) for recorded Otter data and have been informed there have been records north and south of Westoning, dating 2008, 2011 and 2014 http://www.bedsbionet.org.uk. I have attached the evidence for your information.

Item 16.5 Woodlands, trees and hedgerows
There are numerous important hedgerow in Westoning and the village has been made up of these important nesting spots for birds and other invertebrates. In particular located at the back of my house is a long hedgerow that runs all the way down to the Garage located off the main road. These hedgerows are a vital nesting, breeding area for Starlings, Robins, Blue tits, Yellow tits and House Sparrows. I have photographs of Starlings nesting in these hedgerows and according to results recorded from the Big Garden Birdwatch https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/birdwatch/results/ there is evidence of their dramatic decline since 1979. As a result of any development in Westoning the removal of hedgerows will have significant impact on these birds as well as invertebrates. Under item 16.5 it outlines the huge benefits of Hedgerows and any development will be in direct conflict with the very framework that currently exists to protect it and all the impacts it has on declining species. As a community we need to drive the numbers up not down and we will only do this by protecting these hedgerows and ensuring they remain.

I would also like to draw to your attention In the Mid Beds Green Infrastructure Plan (Section 4.0 Network Area Descriptions and Project list) the Flit Valley is identified and clearly highlights its importance "The two major rivers of the District are the Ivel and Flit which both have their origins the springs that rise from the foothills of the Chilterns". And how any development can impact of the potential area. "The flood plains of these rivers and streams have a vital role in flood alleviation in the District and both the Chalk and The Lower Greensand contain important water bearing aquifers important for public water supply and for springs that feed wetlands especially in the Flit Valley.
Item 2.3 Green Belt Cross boundary and neighbouring 2.3 growth pressures and the role of the Green Belt

On the 21.7.17 the Secretary of State Michael Gove set out his vision on the future of our natural environment "Safeguarding our future and highlighted the issue of loss of green space invertebrate species threatened and other pollinators threatened and the crisis we face to water management problems and habitat destruction. Michael Gove has "no intention of weakening environmental protections they have put in place since being in the EU. And adds environmental policy must also be insulated from capture by producer interests who put their selfish agenda ahead of the common good". This is a clear indication in what the government sets out in its plan and I cannot see building on or around Westoning is safeguarding our existing green space. Developing on Green Belt must only be on the terms of exceptional circumstances as the White Paper suggest so can I ask Central Beds to respond on how they justify allocating sites for development in the Green Belt unless you are really struggling to demonstrate that they could deliver a five year supply of housing on land elsewhere in the County.

Item: 6.2 The Strategic Objectives - How we will get there
On page 54 the local plans outlines it strategic intent in making sure the needs of wildlife are taken into account by ensuring "few wildlife habitats are at risk. I would ask that the planning team note all the important species mentioned above and to really support and protect what is already existing within Westoning in terms of wildlife corridors and green open spaces. I am concerned that your objective to create new open spaces would mean bulldozing your way through existing wildlife corridors to then create new ones. This is unsustainable and a waste of tax payers money when we already have such important areas that need expanding not demolishing.

Item 7.5 Spatial Strategy Approach
I am very keen to see how the Planning team justify any further development on the Green belt given the strong existing protections given to Green Belt in National Planning Policy. My understanding is that if development is to be accommodated in the Green Belt then Central Beds would need to undertake a Green Belt Review looking at how well the different parts of the Green Belt are fulfilling the different Green Belt functions.

Item 16 Environmental Enhancement - 16.6 Landscape character and value
In this section I would like to raise my concerns over urbanisation and how the potential impact of urban sprawl in Westoning is detrimental to the character of our village. The village has already been subjected to growth in the last 10/20 years and concern on changes to the landscape were clearly highlighted in the first public meeting at Westoning Parish Council. As I have mentioned above hedgerows needs to be conserved and that "changes in places" e.g. open-ness of the field system is vulnerable to change through development or loss of feature. I would be very keen to see the outcomes of Central Bedfordshire Landscape Character Assessment (LCA) and how this reflects in what we classify as valued landscapes in line with the Greensand ridge natural improvement area (NIA).

And in addition item 17.4.9 on page 240 highlights the issue of flood risk and one of the potential plots in Westoning is close to the watercourse. Any further development on around this area could exacerbate the issue and in addition with a natural stream running adjacent to our back gardens I am very keen for the planning team to undertake a Flood Risk Assessment. With wider environmental impacts such as climate change we are going to experience more localised flooding which could have huge impacts in our area.

In section 9.4 Environmental Sensitivity
My response to this last item is the regulations and laws that have long protected our landscape and wildlife have allowed many species to simply survive and that it is imperative we maintain these protections by not allowing us to de-value the existing protections we have in place.

Comment

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 1144

Received: 17/08/2017

Respondent: Ms Annemarie Dimambro

Representation:

Importance of hedgerows as nesting and breeding areas for birds and other wildlife.

Full text:

Following the recent release of the local plan I would like to express my view that I am opposed to any development in Westoning. We have been already subjected to development over the years and the huge increase in traffic that runs through the village every day will be exacerbated if planning goes ahead and that is not even including all the vehicles (Lorries, dumper trucks etc.) during the long construction phase. Can I please ask that the planning team to carry out a carbon monoxide check as levels will greatly increase if we have further development in the village? The health of the children that attend the local school that is situated on the main road running through Westoning is very concerning as air pollution causes asthma among children and chronic bronchitis and heart disease in adults.

My response is set out below.

Item: 16.4 Nature conservation - Designated Sites and Protected Species
The Greensand Trust have kindly informed me that Otters regularly use the river in the Flitwick area and travel upstream along the stretch through Westoning too so, as a European Protected Species, it is important that Central Bedfordshire take into account the significant impact any development would have and the implications on wildlife here and more so for this protected species.
Would it be possible if Central Bedfordshire Council please provide the public and myself with the reassurance that protected species are identified? I have requested the Bedfordshire and Luton Biodiversity Recording and Monitoring Centre (BRMC) for recorded Otter data and have been informed there have been records north and south of Westoning, dating 2008, 2011 and 2014 http://www.bedsbionet.org.uk. I have attached the evidence for your information.

Item 16.5 Woodlands, trees and hedgerows
There are numerous important hedgerow in Westoning and the village has been made up of these important nesting spots for birds and other invertebrates. In particular located at the back of my house is a long hedgerow that runs all the way down to the Garage located off the main road. These hedgerows are a vital nesting, breeding area for Starlings, Robins, Blue tits, Yellow tits and House Sparrows. I have photographs of Starlings nesting in these hedgerows and according to results recorded from the Big Garden Birdwatch https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/birdwatch/results/ there is evidence of their dramatic decline since 1979. As a result of any development in Westoning the removal of hedgerows will have significant impact on these birds as well as invertebrates. Under item 16.5 it outlines the huge benefits of Hedgerows and any development will be in direct conflict with the very framework that currently exists to protect it and all the impacts it has on declining species. As a community we need to drive the numbers up not down and we will only do this by protecting these hedgerows and ensuring they remain.

I would also like to draw to your attention In the Mid Beds Green Infrastructure Plan (Section 4.0 Network Area Descriptions and Project list) the Flit Valley is identified and clearly highlights its importance "The two major rivers of the District are the Ivel and Flit which both have their origins the springs that rise from the foothills of the Chilterns". And how any development can impact of the potential area. "The flood plains of these rivers and streams have a vital role in flood alleviation in the District and both the Chalk and The Lower Greensand contain important water bearing aquifers important for public water supply and for springs that feed wetlands especially in the Flit Valley.
Item 2.3 Green Belt Cross boundary and neighbouring 2.3 growth pressures and the role of the Green Belt

On the 21.7.17 the Secretary of State Michael Gove set out his vision on the future of our natural environment "Safeguarding our future and highlighted the issue of loss of green space invertebrate species threatened and other pollinators threatened and the crisis we face to water management problems and habitat destruction. Michael Gove has "no intention of weakening environmental protections they have put in place since being in the EU. And adds environmental policy must also be insulated from capture by producer interests who put their selfish agenda ahead of the common good". This is a clear indication in what the government sets out in its plan and I cannot see building on or around Westoning is safeguarding our existing green space. Developing on Green Belt must only be on the terms of exceptional circumstances as the White Paper suggest so can I ask Central Beds to respond on how they justify allocating sites for development in the Green Belt unless you are really struggling to demonstrate that they could deliver a five year supply of housing on land elsewhere in the County.

Item: 6.2 The Strategic Objectives - How we will get there
On page 54 the local plans outlines it strategic intent in making sure the needs of wildlife are taken into account by ensuring "few wildlife habitats are at risk. I would ask that the planning team note all the important species mentioned above and to really support and protect what is already existing within Westoning in terms of wildlife corridors and green open spaces. I am concerned that your objective to create new open spaces would mean bulldozing your way through existing wildlife corridors to then create new ones. This is unsustainable and a waste of tax payers money when we already have such important areas that need expanding not demolishing.

Item 7.5 Spatial Strategy Approach
I am very keen to see how the Planning team justify any further development on the Green belt given the strong existing protections given to Green Belt in National Planning Policy. My understanding is that if development is to be accommodated in the Green Belt then Central Beds would need to undertake a Green Belt Review looking at how well the different parts of the Green Belt are fulfilling the different Green Belt functions.

Item 16 Environmental Enhancement - 16.6 Landscape character and value
In this section I would like to raise my concerns over urbanisation and how the potential impact of urban sprawl in Westoning is detrimental to the character of our village. The village has already been subjected to growth in the last 10/20 years and concern on changes to the landscape were clearly highlighted in the first public meeting at Westoning Parish Council. As I have mentioned above hedgerows needs to be conserved and that "changes in places" e.g. open-ness of the field system is vulnerable to change through development or loss of feature. I would be very keen to see the outcomes of Central Bedfordshire Landscape Character Assessment (LCA) and how this reflects in what we classify as valued landscapes in line with the Greensand ridge natural improvement area (NIA).

And in addition item 17.4.9 on page 240 highlights the issue of flood risk and one of the potential plots in Westoning is close to the watercourse. Any further development on around this area could exacerbate the issue and in addition with a natural stream running adjacent to our back gardens I am very keen for the planning team to undertake a Flood Risk Assessment. With wider environmental impacts such as climate change we are going to experience more localised flooding which could have huge impacts in our area.

In section 9.4 Environmental Sensitivity
My response to this last item is the regulations and laws that have long protected our landscape and wildlife have allowed many species to simply survive and that it is imperative we maintain these protections by not allowing us to de-value the existing protections we have in place.

Comment

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 1145

Received: 17/08/2017

Respondent: Ms Annemarie Dimambro

Representation:

Concerns with wildlife corridors and green spaces.

Full text:

Following the recent release of the local plan I would like to express my view that I am opposed to any development in Westoning. We have been already subjected to development over the years and the huge increase in traffic that runs through the village every day will be exacerbated if planning goes ahead and that is not even including all the vehicles (Lorries, dumper trucks etc.) during the long construction phase. Can I please ask that the planning team to carry out a carbon monoxide check as levels will greatly increase if we have further development in the village? The health of the children that attend the local school that is situated on the main road running through Westoning is very concerning as air pollution causes asthma among children and chronic bronchitis and heart disease in adults.

My response is set out below.

Item: 16.4 Nature conservation - Designated Sites and Protected Species
The Greensand Trust have kindly informed me that Otters regularly use the river in the Flitwick area and travel upstream along the stretch through Westoning too so, as a European Protected Species, it is important that Central Bedfordshire take into account the significant impact any development would have and the implications on wildlife here and more so for this protected species.
Would it be possible if Central Bedfordshire Council please provide the public and myself with the reassurance that protected species are identified? I have requested the Bedfordshire and Luton Biodiversity Recording and Monitoring Centre (BRMC) for recorded Otter data and have been informed there have been records north and south of Westoning, dating 2008, 2011 and 2014 http://www.bedsbionet.org.uk. I have attached the evidence for your information.

Item 16.5 Woodlands, trees and hedgerows
There are numerous important hedgerow in Westoning and the village has been made up of these important nesting spots for birds and other invertebrates. In particular located at the back of my house is a long hedgerow that runs all the way down to the Garage located off the main road. These hedgerows are a vital nesting, breeding area for Starlings, Robins, Blue tits, Yellow tits and House Sparrows. I have photographs of Starlings nesting in these hedgerows and according to results recorded from the Big Garden Birdwatch https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/birdwatch/results/ there is evidence of their dramatic decline since 1979. As a result of any development in Westoning the removal of hedgerows will have significant impact on these birds as well as invertebrates. Under item 16.5 it outlines the huge benefits of Hedgerows and any development will be in direct conflict with the very framework that currently exists to protect it and all the impacts it has on declining species. As a community we need to drive the numbers up not down and we will only do this by protecting these hedgerows and ensuring they remain.

I would also like to draw to your attention In the Mid Beds Green Infrastructure Plan (Section 4.0 Network Area Descriptions and Project list) the Flit Valley is identified and clearly highlights its importance "The two major rivers of the District are the Ivel and Flit which both have their origins the springs that rise from the foothills of the Chilterns". And how any development can impact of the potential area. "The flood plains of these rivers and streams have a vital role in flood alleviation in the District and both the Chalk and The Lower Greensand contain important water bearing aquifers important for public water supply and for springs that feed wetlands especially in the Flit Valley.
Item 2.3 Green Belt Cross boundary and neighbouring 2.3 growth pressures and the role of the Green Belt

On the 21.7.17 the Secretary of State Michael Gove set out his vision on the future of our natural environment "Safeguarding our future and highlighted the issue of loss of green space invertebrate species threatened and other pollinators threatened and the crisis we face to water management problems and habitat destruction. Michael Gove has "no intention of weakening environmental protections they have put in place since being in the EU. And adds environmental policy must also be insulated from capture by producer interests who put their selfish agenda ahead of the common good". This is a clear indication in what the government sets out in its plan and I cannot see building on or around Westoning is safeguarding our existing green space. Developing on Green Belt must only be on the terms of exceptional circumstances as the White Paper suggest so can I ask Central Beds to respond on how they justify allocating sites for development in the Green Belt unless you are really struggling to demonstrate that they could deliver a five year supply of housing on land elsewhere in the County.

Item: 6.2 The Strategic Objectives - How we will get there
On page 54 the local plans outlines it strategic intent in making sure the needs of wildlife are taken into account by ensuring "few wildlife habitats are at risk. I would ask that the planning team note all the important species mentioned above and to really support and protect what is already existing within Westoning in terms of wildlife corridors and green open spaces. I am concerned that your objective to create new open spaces would mean bulldozing your way through existing wildlife corridors to then create new ones. This is unsustainable and a waste of tax payers money when we already have such important areas that need expanding not demolishing.

Item 7.5 Spatial Strategy Approach
I am very keen to see how the Planning team justify any further development on the Green belt given the strong existing protections given to Green Belt in National Planning Policy. My understanding is that if development is to be accommodated in the Green Belt then Central Beds would need to undertake a Green Belt Review looking at how well the different parts of the Green Belt are fulfilling the different Green Belt functions.

Item 16 Environmental Enhancement - 16.6 Landscape character and value
In this section I would like to raise my concerns over urbanisation and how the potential impact of urban sprawl in Westoning is detrimental to the character of our village. The village has already been subjected to growth in the last 10/20 years and concern on changes to the landscape were clearly highlighted in the first public meeting at Westoning Parish Council. As I have mentioned above hedgerows needs to be conserved and that "changes in places" e.g. open-ness of the field system is vulnerable to change through development or loss of feature. I would be very keen to see the outcomes of Central Bedfordshire Landscape Character Assessment (LCA) and how this reflects in what we classify as valued landscapes in line with the Greensand ridge natural improvement area (NIA).

And in addition item 17.4.9 on page 240 highlights the issue of flood risk and one of the potential plots in Westoning is close to the watercourse. Any further development on around this area could exacerbate the issue and in addition with a natural stream running adjacent to our back gardens I am very keen for the planning team to undertake a Flood Risk Assessment. With wider environmental impacts such as climate change we are going to experience more localised flooding which could have huge impacts in our area.

In section 9.4 Environmental Sensitivity
My response to this last item is the regulations and laws that have long protected our landscape and wildlife have allowed many species to simply survive and that it is imperative we maintain these protections by not allowing us to de-value the existing protections we have in place.

Comment

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 1147

Received: 17/08/2017

Respondent: Ms Annemarie Dimambro

Representation:

16.6 Landscape Character and Value
Object to potential development of Westoning. Hedgerows need to be conserved.
I would be very keen to see the outcomes of Central Bedfordshire Landscape Character Assessment (LCA) and how this reflects in what we classify as valued landscapes in line with the Greensand ridge natural improvement area (NIA).
Flood risk issues.

Full text:

Following the recent release of the local plan I would like to express my view that I am opposed to any development in Westoning. We have been already subjected to development over the years and the huge increase in traffic that runs through the village every day will be exacerbated if planning goes ahead and that is not even including all the vehicles (Lorries, dumper trucks etc.) during the long construction phase. Can I please ask that the planning team to carry out a carbon monoxide check as levels will greatly increase if we have further development in the village? The health of the children that attend the local school that is situated on the main road running through Westoning is very concerning as air pollution causes asthma among children and chronic bronchitis and heart disease in adults.

My response is set out below.

Item: 16.4 Nature conservation - Designated Sites and Protected Species
The Greensand Trust have kindly informed me that Otters regularly use the river in the Flitwick area and travel upstream along the stretch through Westoning too so, as a European Protected Species, it is important that Central Bedfordshire take into account the significant impact any development would have and the implications on wildlife here and more so for this protected species.
Would it be possible if Central Bedfordshire Council please provide the public and myself with the reassurance that protected species are identified? I have requested the Bedfordshire and Luton Biodiversity Recording and Monitoring Centre (BRMC) for recorded Otter data and have been informed there have been records north and south of Westoning, dating 2008, 2011 and 2014 http://www.bedsbionet.org.uk. I have attached the evidence for your information.

Item 16.5 Woodlands, trees and hedgerows
There are numerous important hedgerow in Westoning and the village has been made up of these important nesting spots for birds and other invertebrates. In particular located at the back of my house is a long hedgerow that runs all the way down to the Garage located off the main road. These hedgerows are a vital nesting, breeding area for Starlings, Robins, Blue tits, Yellow tits and House Sparrows. I have photographs of Starlings nesting in these hedgerows and according to results recorded from the Big Garden Birdwatch https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/birdwatch/results/ there is evidence of their dramatic decline since 1979. As a result of any development in Westoning the removal of hedgerows will have significant impact on these birds as well as invertebrates. Under item 16.5 it outlines the huge benefits of Hedgerows and any development will be in direct conflict with the very framework that currently exists to protect it and all the impacts it has on declining species. As a community we need to drive the numbers up not down and we will only do this by protecting these hedgerows and ensuring they remain.

I would also like to draw to your attention In the Mid Beds Green Infrastructure Plan (Section 4.0 Network Area Descriptions and Project list) the Flit Valley is identified and clearly highlights its importance "The two major rivers of the District are the Ivel and Flit which both have their origins the springs that rise from the foothills of the Chilterns". And how any development can impact of the potential area. "The flood plains of these rivers and streams have a vital role in flood alleviation in the District and both the Chalk and The Lower Greensand contain important water bearing aquifers important for public water supply and for springs that feed wetlands especially in the Flit Valley.
Item 2.3 Green Belt Cross boundary and neighbouring 2.3 growth pressures and the role of the Green Belt

On the 21.7.17 the Secretary of State Michael Gove set out his vision on the future of our natural environment "Safeguarding our future and highlighted the issue of loss of green space invertebrate species threatened and other pollinators threatened and the crisis we face to water management problems and habitat destruction. Michael Gove has "no intention of weakening environmental protections they have put in place since being in the EU. And adds environmental policy must also be insulated from capture by producer interests who put their selfish agenda ahead of the common good". This is a clear indication in what the government sets out in its plan and I cannot see building on or around Westoning is safeguarding our existing green space. Developing on Green Belt must only be on the terms of exceptional circumstances as the White Paper suggest so can I ask Central Beds to respond on how they justify allocating sites for development in the Green Belt unless you are really struggling to demonstrate that they could deliver a five year supply of housing on land elsewhere in the County.

Item: 6.2 The Strategic Objectives - How we will get there
On page 54 the local plans outlines it strategic intent in making sure the needs of wildlife are taken into account by ensuring "few wildlife habitats are at risk. I would ask that the planning team note all the important species mentioned above and to really support and protect what is already existing within Westoning in terms of wildlife corridors and green open spaces. I am concerned that your objective to create new open spaces would mean bulldozing your way through existing wildlife corridors to then create new ones. This is unsustainable and a waste of tax payers money when we already have such important areas that need expanding not demolishing.

Item 7.5 Spatial Strategy Approach
I am very keen to see how the Planning team justify any further development on the Green belt given the strong existing protections given to Green Belt in National Planning Policy. My understanding is that if development is to be accommodated in the Green Belt then Central Beds would need to undertake a Green Belt Review looking at how well the different parts of the Green Belt are fulfilling the different Green Belt functions.

Item 16 Environmental Enhancement - 16.6 Landscape character and value
In this section I would like to raise my concerns over urbanisation and how the potential impact of urban sprawl in Westoning is detrimental to the character of our village. The village has already been subjected to growth in the last 10/20 years and concern on changes to the landscape were clearly highlighted in the first public meeting at Westoning Parish Council. As I have mentioned above hedgerows needs to be conserved and that "changes in places" e.g. open-ness of the field system is vulnerable to change through development or loss of feature. I would be very keen to see the outcomes of Central Bedfordshire Landscape Character Assessment (LCA) and how this reflects in what we classify as valued landscapes in line with the Greensand ridge natural improvement area (NIA).

And in addition item 17.4.9 on page 240 highlights the issue of flood risk and one of the potential plots in Westoning is close to the watercourse. Any further development on around this area could exacerbate the issue and in addition with a natural stream running adjacent to our back gardens I am very keen for the planning team to undertake a Flood Risk Assessment. With wider environmental impacts such as climate change we are going to experience more localised flooding which could have huge impacts in our area.

In section 9.4 Environmental Sensitivity
My response to this last item is the regulations and laws that have long protected our landscape and wildlife have allowed many species to simply survive and that it is imperative we maintain these protections by not allowing us to de-value the existing protections we have in place.

Support

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 3110

Received: 29/08/2017

Respondent: Connolly Homes

Agent: Woods Hardwick Planning Ltd

Representation:

See full representation

Full text:

Connolly Homes supports the conclusion reached in the Site Allocations Technical Document (SATD) that the land at West View Farm, Westoning (Ref NLP317) should be considered further as part of the Local Plan. As was demonstrated in the Call for Sites submission for this site, it is entirely suitable for allocation for new housing.

Separate representations have been submitted on the Draft Local Plan, Green Belt Review and Settlements Assessment Initial Study supporting the inclusion within the spatial strategy of a commitment to release land around large villages in the Green Belt to contribute towards the overall housing requirement and the conclusion that Westoning has the capacity to accommodate medium scale growth (50 - 500 units).

Both the Green Belt Review and the Settlements Capacity Initial Study reinforce the appropriateness of the West View Farm site for allocation. At Stage 1 of the Green Belt Review the site was specifically identified within parcel WE2 as being well related to Westoning and contained. The site progressed as refined Parcel WE2a to Stage 2 of the Review where it was concluded that it makes a relatively weak overall contribution to the Green Belt purposes, and that its outer hedgerow, together with the A5120 and railway line, would make a strong potential alternative Green Belt boundary.

In the review of capacity at Westoning, the Settlements Capacity Initial Study highlights potential constraints to development to the north due to the presence of best and most versatile agricultural land, to the west due to areas of flood risk and to the east due to the barrier created by the railway line. No constraints are reported to the south, however, and this further reinforces that the West View Farm site should be included as an allocation in the Submission Version of the Local Plan.

Development to the south of Westoning would also accord with the Parish Plan, which states "should Green Belt policy be changed at some point in the future and the village is required to provide additional housing, it is our view that any further development should be located to the south of the village and to the east of the A5120 so that the countryside gap between Westoning and Flitwick is preserved".

It would also be in on the right side for access to the M1, meaning those travelling to and from it for work or other reasons would not have to go through the village to reach Junction 12.

No issues are raised on the Site Assessment Form that could not be addressed as part of a future planning application. The Officer's response to a pre-application enquiry submitted last year for this site similarly raised no concerns on technical grounds that could not be addressed as part of an application. Were the site not in the Green Belt an application would have been submitted to help meet the shortfall in housing supply the Council has recently faced.

In respect of some of the specific comments made, noise monitoring has been undertaken at the site by Auracle Acoustics and this has established that through appropriate layout and design measures it will be possible to create suitable internal and external living environments in a new development based on the illustrative layout that formed part of the Call for Sites submission for this site.

An Ecological Assessment would typically accompany an application for residential development on a site of this scale.

The illustrative layout provided as part of the Call for Sites submission for this site demonstrated that it can accommodate 85-95 dwellings with the provision of substantial landscaping along the southern boundary to create a robust new boundary to the Green Belt and an appropriate transition from the new settlement edge to the countryside beyond.

The site is under the control of a developer with a track record of delivering successful new housing schemes in Bedfordshire, which should provide confidence that development at the site is achievable.

Object

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 3420

Received: 29/08/2017

Respondent: Mrs Sarah Vizard

Representation:

Infrastructure
Road Safety and usage
Drainage / services
Schools
loss of atmosphere and open aspect to village

Should this application be approved, and our objection not considered, the village would benefit from the following points;
New Village Hall / Community Centre
New convenience store
Any development on this plot should have significant parcel of land to act as a boundary / wildlife corridor between it and the existing adjoined properties. Therefore, creating a barrier from any new builds backing straight on to current houses.

Full text:

NLP136 - Land off Flitwick Road, Westoning

Local roads cannot cope with the amount of traffic through the village, we already have increased traffic due to Centre Parcs and regularly encounter queuing to get out of the village towards the motorway and back, and a potential 101 dwellings would only make matters worse. The development would adversely affect highway safety and the convenience of road users.
More concrete, bricks and tarmac with more driveways and hardstanding for cars, would mean less hedgerows and farmland, decreased soil stability, diminished wildlife habitat, the atmosphere and appearance of the area would be lost. Decreasing natural drainage would be increased pressure on drains and the inability for water to seep naturally into the earth. Parts of the village are already flood zones. This would negatively affect the village neighbourhood, we are a small community living in rural surroundings, using a field currently growing crops to build a large number of houses would significantly impact the open aspect of the countryside in which we live.
In addition to the impact of above, a significant number of dwellings would create noise disturbance, overlooking, loss of privacy and overshadowing to neighbouring existing properties. Making the village more townlike.
Our village school currently has no capacity for expansion and would therefore mean villagers driving to local towns to seek school places putting more pressure on the roads.
There are no local health services within the village, again this would require travelling to nearby towns. We have limited resources, one shop and one butcher which currently accommodates the village but an increase in number of dwellings will no doubt put them under increased strain.
Should this application be approved, and our objection not considered, the village would benefit from the following points;
New Village Hall / Community Centre
New convenience store
Any development on this plot should have significant parcel of land to act as a boundary / wildlife corridor between it and the existing adjoined properties. Therefore, creating a barrier from any new builds backing straight on to current houses.

Object

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 3586

Received: 29/08/2017

Respondent: Mr David Dalglish

Representation:

NLP136: I offer the following as an objection to this proposed development. Insofar as the High Street, at both the roundabout junction, at Greenfield Road and at the crossroad junction, at the Chequers; does not currently cope with prevailing rush hour traffic, I am obliged to recommend that any development, let alone this one, takes account of this prevailing traffic issue within the village. I offer these opinions in my professional capacity as the Director of the Institute of Transport Administration.

Full text:

NLP136: I offer the following as an objection to this proposed development. Insofar as the High Street, at both the roundabout junction, at Greenfield Road and at the crossroad junction, at the Chequers; does not currently cope with prevailing rush hour traffic, I am obliged to recommend that any development, let alone this one, takes account of this prevailing traffic issue within the village. I offer these opinions in my professional capacity as the Director of the Institute of Transport Administration.

Object

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 4449

Received: 17/08/2017

Respondent: Ms Annemarie Dimambro

Representation:

Concerns re:
Already had development over the years
Existing and potential traffic issues
Fears of pollution affecting health of children
Protection of important species such as otter and impact of development on these protected species
Removal of hedgerows as these are important nesting spots for many species
Ongoing role of the floodplains and their role in water provision for the public and the surrounding wetlands

Full text:

Following the recent release of the local plan I would like to express my view that I am opposed to any development in Westoning. We have been already subjected to development over the years and the huge increase in traffic that runs through the village every day will be exacerbated if planning goes ahead and that is not even including all the vehicles (Lorries, dumper trucks etc.) during the long construction phase. Can I please ask that the planning team to carry out a carbon monoxide check as levels will greatly increase if we have further development in the village? The health of the children that attend the local school that is situated on the main road running through Westoning is very concerning as air pollution causes asthma among children and chronic bronchitis and heart disease in adults.

My response is set out below.

Item: 16.4 Nature conservation - Designated Sites and Protected Species
The Greensand Trust have kindly informed me that Otters regularly use the river in the Flitwick area and travel upstream along the stretch through Westoning too so, as a European Protected Species, it is important that Central Bedfordshire take into account the significant impact any development would have and the implications on wildlife here and more so for this protected species.
Would it be possible if Central Bedfordshire Council please provide the public and myself with the reassurance that protected species are identified? I have requested the Bedfordshire and Luton Biodiversity Recording and Monitoring Centre (BRMC) for recorded Otter data and have been informed there have been records north and south of Westoning, dating 2008, 2011 and 2014 http://www.bedsbionet.org.uk. I have attached the evidence for your information.

Item 16.5 Woodlands, trees and hedgerows
There are numerous important hedgerow in Westoning and the village has been made up of these important nesting spots for birds and other invertebrates. In particular located at the back of my house is a long hedgerow that runs all the way down to the Garage located off the main road. These hedgerows are a vital nesting, breeding area for Starlings, Robins, Blue tits, Yellow tits and House Sparrows. I have photographs of Starlings nesting in these hedgerows and according to results recorded from the Big Garden Birdwatch https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/birdwatch/results/ there is evidence of their dramatic decline since 1979. As a result of any development in Westoning the removal of hedgerows will have significant impact on these birds as well as invertebrates. Under item 16.5 it outlines the huge benefits of Hedgerows and any development will be in direct conflict with the very framework that currently exists to protect it and all the impacts it has on declining species. As a community we need to drive the numbers up not down and we will only do this by protecting these hedgerows and ensuring they remain.

I would also like to draw to your attention In the Mid Beds Green Infrastructure Plan (Section 4.0 Network Area Descriptions and Project list) the Flit Valley is identified and clearly highlights its importance "The two major rivers of the District are the Ivel and Flit which both have their origins the springs that rise from the foothills of the Chilterns". And how any development can impact of the potential area. "The flood plains of these rivers and streams have a vital role in flood alleviation in the District and both the Chalk and The Lower Greensand contain important water bearing aquifers important for public water supply and for springs that feed wetlands especially in the Flit Valley.

Item 2.3 Green Belt Cross boundary and neighbouring 2.3 growth pressures and the role of the Green Belt

On the 21.7.17 the Secretary of State Michael Gove set out his vision on the future of our natural environment "Safeguarding our future and highlighted the issue of loss of green space invertebrate species threatened and other pollinators threatened and the crisis we face to water management problems and habitat destruction. Michael Gove has "no intention of weakening environmental protections they have put in place since being in the EU. And adds environmental policy must also be insulated from capture by producer interests who put their selfish agenda ahead of the common good". This is a clear indication in what the government sets out in its plan and I cannot see building on or around Westoning is safeguarding our existing green space. Developing on Green Belt must only be on the terms of exceptional circumstances as the White Paper suggest so can I ask Central Beds to respond on how they justify allocating sites for development in the Green Belt unless you are really struggling to demonstrate that they could deliver a five year supply of housing on land elsewhere in the County.

Item: 6.2 The Strategic Objectives - How we will get there
On page 54 the local plans outlines it strategic intent in making sure the needs of wildlife are taken into account by ensuring "few wildlife habitats are at risk. I would ask that the planning team note all the important species mentioned above and to really support and protect what is already existing within Westoning in terms of wildlife corridors and green open spaces. I am concerned that your objective to create new open spaces would mean bulldozing your way through existing wildlife corridors to then create new ones. This is unsustainable and a waste of tax payers money when we already have such important areas that need expanding not demolishing.

Item 7.5 Spatial Strategy Approach
I am very keen to see how the Planning team justify any further development on the Green belt given the strong existing protections given to Green Belt in National Planning Policy. My understanding is that if development is to be accommodated in the Green Belt then Central Beds would need to undertake a Green Belt Review looking at how well the different parts of the Green Belt are fulfilling the different Green Belt functions.

Item 16 Environmental Enhancement - 16.6 Landscape character and value
In this section I would like to raise my concerns over urbanisation and how the potential impact of urban sprawl in Westoning is detrimental to the character of our village. The village has already been subjected to growth in the last 10/20 years and concern on changes to the landscape were clearly highlighted in the first public meeting at Westoning Parish Council. As I have mentioned above hedgerows needs to be conserved and that "changes in places" e.g. open-ness of the field system is vulnerable to change through development or loss of feature. I would be very keen to see the outcomes of Central Bedfordshire Landscape Character Assessment (LCA) and how this reflects in what we classify as valued landscapes in line with the Greensand ridge natural improvement area (NIA).

And in addition item 17.4.9 on page 240 highlights the issue of flood risk and one of the potential plots in Westoning is close to the watercourse. Any further development on around this area could exacerbate the issue and in addition with a natural stream running adjacent to our back gardens I am very keen for the planning team to undertake a Flood Risk Assessment. With wider environmental impacts such as climate change we are going to experience more localised flooding which could have huge impacts in our area.

In section 9.4 Environmental Sensitivity
My response to this last item is the regulations and laws that have long protected our landscape and wildlife have allowed many species to simply survive and that it is imperative we maintain these protections by not allowing us to de-value the existing protections we have in place.

Object

Site Assessment Forms (Housing)

Representation ID: 6847

Received: 29/08/2017

Respondent: 2017 Sarah West

Representation:

It would be more appropriate to develop to the north of Westoning closer to Flitwick than the south.

Full text:

I am writing to put forward my agreement with Westoning parish council that if there is to be housing development in Westoning it would be better if this formed part of the envelope of the village rather than being on a piece of land only just attached to the village. For this reason piece of land NLP 136 to the north would be more appropriate than NLP 317 to the south. 136 also has the advantage of less traffic on the road adjoining it and being closer to the major amenities of Flitwick, even being walking distance to the train station. There would also be an opportunity to improve the access on Flitwick Rd for all Westoning residents with improved pedestrian paving and cycle lanes to encourage fewer car journeys to use the services and shopping in Flitwick.