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Support

Local Plan 2040 Draft Plan - Strategy options and draft policies consultation

Representation ID: 3795

Received: 26/08/2021

Representation Summary:

Support protecting the natural environment. However, development should NOT take place on the Borough`s valuable agricultural land.
As a nation we need to be able to feed ourselves and not import. We must reduce the carbon footprint of our food.

Development must be on brown field sites

Full text:

Support protecting the natural environment. However, development should NOT take place on the Borough`s valuable agricultural land.
As a nation we need to be able to feed ourselves and not import. We must reduce the carbon footprint of our food.

Development must be on brown field sites

Object

Local Plan 2040 Draft Plan - Strategy options and draft policies consultation

Representation ID: 3796

Received: 26/08/2021

Representation Summary:

The proposed Dennybrook development is flawed on so many levels.
Environmentally it will bring chaos to small local lanes which in many cases cannot be widened without major impacts on local residents & wildlife.
The overall infrastructure is already inadequate with no mains sewerage, inconsistent electrical supply, very poor broadband & mobile phone connectivity.
The development would make St.Neots a much busier centre, to the detriment of Bedford town.
The rural nature of the site would encourage car usage, which is completely to opposite of government policy.
There are much better sites which apparently for political reasons have been ignored.

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The proposed Dennybrook development is flawed on so many levels.
Environmentally it will bring chaos to small local lanes which in many cases cannot be widened without major impacts on local residents & wildlife.
The overall infrastructure is already inadequate with no mains sewerage, inconsistent electrical supply, very poor broadband & mobile phone connectivity.
The development would make St.Neots a much busier centre, to the detriment of Bedford town.
The rural nature of the site would encourage car usage, which is completely to opposite of government policy.
There are much better sites which apparently for political reasons have been ignored.

Support

Local Plan 2040 Draft Plan - Strategy options and draft policies consultation

Representation ID: 3903

Received: 28/08/2021

Representation Summary:

The natural asset of the rural parish of Staploe should be identified as having high environmental value. Honeydon has the the largest area of roadside nature reserves in the Borough and these must be protected. We have protected species - Bath asparagus, Small Eggar Moths, Sulphur Clover, crested Cow Wheat, red Kites, Corn buntings and many other wildlife and biodiversity. By building Dennybrook it would be impossible to achieve net gains on development

Full text:

The natural asset of the rural parish of Staploe should be identified as having high environmental value. Honeydon has the the largest area of roadside nature reserves in the Borough and these must be protected. We have protected species - Bath asparagus, Small Eggar Moths, Sulphur Clover, crested Cow Wheat, red Kites, Corn buntings and many other wildlife and biodiversity. By building Dennybrook it would be impossible to achieve net gains on development

Object

Local Plan 2040 Draft Plan - Strategy options and draft policies consultation

Representation ID: 3946

Received: 29/08/2021

Representation Summary:

if the council has strong planning policies to protect and enhance the natural environment why does three of there prefered options include building on 725 hectares of grade 2 farm land

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if the council has strong planning policies to protect and enhance the natural environment why does three of there prefered options include building on 725 hectares of grade 2 farm land

Object

Local Plan 2040 Draft Plan - Strategy options and draft policies consultation

Representation ID: 3959

Received: 29/08/2021

Representation Summary:

Ibelieve it is important to map the soil (which forms part of the natural capital)
and therefore the agricultural land grades much more closely as this is a key part of the National
Planning Policy Framework. The agricultural land classification map published by Natural England is
not sufficiently detailed. High quality agricultural land should not be used for development and
therefore more detailed information is needed before decisions about site allocations are made.

Full text:

Ibelieve it is important to map the soil (which forms part of the natural capital)
and therefore the agricultural land grades much more closely as this is a key part of the National
Planning Policy Framework. The agricultural land classification map published by Natural England is
not sufficiently detailed. High quality agricultural land should not be used for development and
therefore more detailed information is needed before decisions about site allocations are made.

Support

Local Plan 2040 Draft Plan - Strategy options and draft policies consultation

Representation ID: 3983

Received: 29/08/2021

Representation Summary:

Staple as a rural parish should be identified as having a high environmental value. Honeydon has the highest area of roadside nature reserves in the Borough with bats badgers and many more protected species and these must stay protected this area is not urban and by building dennybrook it would be impossible to achieve net gains on this development

Full text:

Staple as a rural parish should be identified as having a high environmental value. Honeydon has the highest area of roadside nature reserves in the Borough with bats badgers and many more protected species and these must stay protected this area is not urban and by building dennybrook it would be impossible to achieve net gains on this development

Support

Local Plan 2040 Draft Plan - Strategy options and draft policies consultation

Representation ID: 4038

Received: 30/08/2021

Representation Summary:

Until Environment Bill passed large new settlements of 2500 + houses or phase one of a new town (Dennybrook) should not be built, as may conflict.

Open countryside should not be built on as first choice - brownfield and lower grade agricultural land should be used first.

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Until Environment Bill passed large new settlements of 2500 + houses or phase one of a new town (Dennybrook) should not be built, as may conflict.

Open countryside should not be built on as first choice - brownfield and lower grade agricultural land should be used first.

Support

Local Plan 2040 Draft Plan - Strategy options and draft policies consultation

Representation ID: 4050

Received: 30/08/2021

Representation Summary:

This is a rather vague, generalised objective as it stands but preserving and enhancing the natural environment will be increasingly important in the future.

Full text:

This is a rather vague, generalised objective as it stands but preserving and enhancing the natural environment will be increasingly important in the future.

Object

Local Plan 2040 Draft Plan - Strategy options and draft policies consultation

Representation ID: 4097

Received: 30/08/2021

Representation Summary:

I completely refute the statement made here as it was made abundantly clear during the farcical "consultation" processes for the East West Rail destruction of the natural environment of North Beds. We now know that the Mayor and his close councillors committed North Beds to the plans without appropriately consulting with the local councillors impacted in advance.

NB: If BBC can build housing development plans on the assumption of railways yet to be agreed or built, then I urge you to include this and all views expressed regarding the EWR.

Full text:

I completely refute the statement made here as it was made abundantly clear during the farcical "consultation" processes for the East West Rail destruction of the natural environment of North Beds. We now know that the Mayor and his close councillors committed North Beds to the plans without appropriately consulting with the local councillors impacted in advance.

NB: If BBC can build housing development plans on the assumption of railways yet to be agreed or built, then I urge you to include this and all views expressed regarding the EWR.

Object

Local Plan 2040 Draft Plan - Strategy options and draft policies consultation

Representation ID: 4149

Received: 30/08/2021

Representation Summary:

believe it is important to map the soil (which forms part of the natural capital) and therefore the agricultural land grades much more closely as this is a key part of the National Planning Policy Framework. The agricultural land classification map published by Natural England is not sufficiently detailed. High quality agricultural land should not be used for development and therefore more detailed information is needed before decisions about site allocations are made.

Full text:

we believe it is important to map the soil (which forms part of the natural capital) and therefore the agricultural land grades much more closely as this is a key part of the National Planning Policy Framework. The agricultural land classification map published by Natural England presents a number of difficulties: it is only available at a scale of 1:250,000 and so it is not easy to identify individual parcels of land. The map states that it “represents a generalised pattern of land classification grades and any enlargement of the scale of the map would be misleading”. The webpage states that the map “is intended for strategic uses” and is not “sufficiently accurate for use in assessment of individual fields or sites and any enlargement could be misleading”. The map is based on old survey information and circumstances may have subsequently changed. The map does not differentiate between Grades 3a and 3b. Grade 3a is included in the NPPF’s definition of best and most versatile agricultural land (along with Grades 1 and 2). Of the larger sites as far as we can see Dennybrook (site 977) (along with all land in Staploe Parish) is all grade 2 land with possibly a bit of grade 1 near Wyboston. Great Barford and Colworth are largely grade 3 and Twinwoods is grade 2 but has a significant proportion of brownfield land. However, we believe Bedford Borough Council should commission a more detailed survey of the agricultural land quality in the Borough.

Support

Local Plan 2040 Draft Plan - Strategy options and draft policies consultation

Representation ID: 4183

Received: 30/08/2021

Representation Summary:

The Staploe Parish is largely grade 2 or above agricultural land which has not been shown in sufficient detail on the Natural England map. The hamlet of Honeydon alone has high environmental value. There are a high number of roadside nature reserves.

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The Staploe Parish is largely grade 2 or above agricultural land which has not been shown in sufficient detail on the Natural England map. The hamlet of Honeydon alone has high environmental value. There are a high number of roadside nature reserves.

Support

Local Plan 2040 Draft Plan - Strategy options and draft policies consultation

Representation ID: 4240

Received: 30/08/2021

Representation Summary:

The natural asset of the rural parish of Staploe should be identified as having high environmental value. Honeydon has the the largest area of roadside nature reserves in the Borough and these must be protected. We have protected species - Bath asparagus, Small Eggar Moths, Sulphur Clover, crested Cow Wheat, red Kites, Corn buntings and many other wildlife and biodiversity. By building Dennybrook it would be impossible to achieve net gains on development

Full text:

The natural asset of the rural parish of Staploe should be identified as having high environmental value. Honeydon has the the largest area of roadside nature reserves in the Borough and these must be protected. We have protected species - Bath asparagus, Small Eggar Moths, Sulphur Clover, crested Cow Wheat, red Kites, Corn buntings and many other wildlife and biodiversity. By building Dennybrook it would be impossible to achieve net gains on development

Object

Local Plan 2040 Draft Plan - Strategy options and draft policies consultation

Representation ID: 4243

Received: 30/08/2021

Representation Summary:

Where large scale development is proposed on agricultural land, there should be a more accurate survey of agricultural soil grades

Full text:

Where large scale development is proposed on agricultural land, there should be a more accurate survey of agricultural soil grades

Object

Local Plan 2040 Draft Plan - Strategy options and draft policies consultation

Representation ID: 4320

Received: 31/08/2021

Representation Summary:

The natural asset of the rural parish of Staploe should be identified as having high environmental value. Honeydon has the the largest area of roadside nature reserves in the Borough and these must be protected. We have protected species - Bath asparagus, Small Eggar Moths, Sulphur Clover, crested Cow Wheat, red Kites, Corn buntings and many other wildlife and biodiversity. By building Dennybrook it would be impossible to achieve net gains on development.

Full text:

The natural asset of the rural parish of Staploe should be identified as having high environmental value. Honeydon has the the largest area of roadside nature reserves in the Borough and these must be protected. We have protected species - Bath asparagus, Small Eggar Moths, Sulphur Clover, crested Cow Wheat, red Kites, Corn buntings and many other wildlife and biodiversity. By building Dennybrook it would be impossible to achieve net gains on development.

Object

Local Plan 2040 Draft Plan - Strategy options and draft policies consultation

Representation ID: 4347

Received: 31/08/2021

Representation Summary:

The natural environment doesn't need "enhancing" - it needs to be left alone. The whole idea of the Arc is so out of step with current thinking on climate change and current ambitions for the environment that it beggars belief. Time to start again.

Full text:

The natural environment doesn't need "enhancing" - it needs to be left alone. The whole idea of the Arc is so out of step with current thinking on climate change and current ambitions for the environment that it beggars belief. Time to start again.

Support

Local Plan 2040 Draft Plan - Strategy options and draft policies consultation

Representation ID: 4354

Received: 31/08/2021

Representation Summary:

The natural asset of the rural parish of Staploe should be identified as having high environmental value. Honeydon has the the largest area of roadside nature reserves in the Borough and these must be protected. We have protected species - Bath asparagus, Small Eggar Moths, Sulphur Clover, crested Cow Wheat, red Kites, Corn buntings and many other wildlife and biodiversity. By building Dennybrook it would be impossible to achieve net gains on development.

Full text:

The natural asset of the rural parish of Staploe should be identified as having high environmental value. Honeydon has the the largest area of roadside nature reserves in the Borough and these must be protected. We have protected species - Bath asparagus, Small Eggar Moths, Sulphur Clover, crested Cow Wheat, red Kites, Corn buntings and many other wildlife and biodiversity. By building Dennybrook it would be impossible to achieve net gains on development.

Object

Local Plan 2040 Draft Plan - Strategy options and draft policies consultation

Representation ID: 4417

Received: 31/08/2021

Representation Summary:

The agricultural land classification map published by Natural England is not sufficiently detailed. High quality agricultural land should not be used for development - more detailed information is needed before decisions about site allocations are made.

Full text:

The agricultural land classification map published by Natural England is not sufficiently detailed. High quality agricultural land should not be used for development - more detailed information is needed before decisions about site allocations are made.

Object

Local Plan 2040 Draft Plan - Strategy options and draft policies consultation

Representation ID: 4453

Received: 31/08/2021

Representation Summary:

I believe it is important to map the soil (which forms part of the natural capital) and therefore the agricultural land grades much more closely as this is a key part of the National Planning Policy Framework. The agricultural land classification map published by Natural England is not sufficiently detailed. High quality agricultural land should not be used for development and therefore more detailed information is needed before decisions about site allocations are made.

Full text:

I believe it is important to map the soil (which forms part of the natural capital) and therefore the agricultural land grades much more closely as this is a key part of the National Planning Policy Framework. The agricultural land classification map published by Natural England presents a number of difficulties: it is only available at a scale of 1:250,000 and so it is not easy to identify individual parcels of land. The map states that it “represents a generalised pattern of land classification grades and any enlargement of the scale of the map would be misleading”. The webpage states that the map “is intended for strategic uses” and is not “sufficiently accurate for use in assessment of individual fields or sites and any enlargement could be misleading”. The map is based on old survey information and circumstances may have subsequently changed. The map does not differentiate between Grades 3a and 3b. Grade 3a is included in the NPPF’s definition of best and most versatile agricultural land (along with Grades 1 and 2). Of the larger sites as far as we can see Dennybrook (site 977) (along with all land in Staploe Parish) is all grade 2 land with possibly a bit of grade 1 near Wyboston. Little Barford and Colworth are largely grade 3 and Twinwoods is grade 2 but has a significant proportion of brownfield land. However, we believe Bedford Borough Council should commission a more detailed survey of the agricultural land quality in the Borough before deciding where to locate any new settlements.

Object

Local Plan 2040 Draft Plan - Strategy options and draft policies consultation

Representation ID: 4469

Received: 31/08/2021

Representation Summary:

The Council's "strong planning policies to protect and enhance the natural environment" do not seem to be being applied effectively when applied to to development proposals or this Local Plan, where greenfield sites are being proposed for development instead of reusing brownfield sites.

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The Council's "strong planning policies to protect and enhance the natural environment" do not seem to be being applied effectively when applied to to development proposals or this Local Plan, where greenfield sites are being proposed for development instead of reusing brownfield sites.

Object

Local Plan 2040 Draft Plan - Strategy options and draft policies consultation

Representation ID: 4532

Received: 01/09/2021

Representation Summary:

Of the larger sites, Dennybrook (site 977), along with all land in Staploe Parish is all grade 2 land with possibly a small amount
of grade 1 near Wyboston and as it is such high quality land it should be utilised for agriculture.

Little Barford and Colworth are largely grade 3.
Twinwoods is grade 2 but has a significant proportion of brownfield land. These sites are far more suitable for development

Full text:

Of the larger sites, Dennybrook (site 977), along with all land in Staploe Parish is all grade 2 land with possibly a small amount
of grade 1 near Wyboston and as it is such high quality land it should be utilised for agriculture.

Little Barford and Colworth are largely grade 3.
Twinwoods is grade 2 but has a significant proportion of brownfield land. These sites are far more suitable for development

Object

Local Plan 2040 Draft Plan - Strategy options and draft policies consultation

Representation ID: 4611

Received: 01/09/2021

Representation Summary:

I believe it is important to map the soil (which forms part of the natural capital) and therefore the agricultural land grades much more closely as this is a key part of the National Planning Policy Framework. The agricultural land classification map published by Natural England is not sufficiently detailed. High quality agricultural land should not be used for development and therefore more detailed information is needed before decisions about site allocations are made.

Full text:

I have severe Parkinson’s and cannot type easily. Please duplicate all of Staploe Parish Councils responses for my views.

Object

Local Plan 2040 Draft Plan - Strategy options and draft policies consultation

Representation ID: 4673

Received: 01/09/2021

Representation Summary:

Staploe Parish Council believe it is important to map the soil (which forms part of the natural capital) and therefore the agricultural land grades much more closely as this is a key part of the National Planning Policy Framework. The agricultural land classification map published by Natural England presents a number of difficulties: it is only available at a scale of 1:250,000 and so it is not easy to identify individual parcels of land. The map states that it “represents a generalised pattern of land classification grades and any enlargement of the scale of the map would be misleading”. The webpage states that the map “is intended for strategic uses” and is not “sufficiently accurate for use in assessment of individual fields or sites and any enlargement could be misleading”. The map is based on old survey information and circumstances may have subsequently changed. The map does not differentiate between Grades 3a and 3b. Grade 3a is included in the NPPF’s definition of best and most versatile agricultural land (along with Grades 1 and 2). Of the larger sites as far as we can see Dennybrook (site 977) (along with all land in Staploe Parish) is all grade 2 land with possibly a bit of grade 1 near Wyboston. Great Barford and Colworth are largely grade 3 and Twinwoods is grade 2 but has a significant proportion of brownfield land. However, we believe Bedford Borough Council should commission a more detailed survey of the agricultural land quality in the Borough.

Object

Local Plan 2040 Draft Plan - Strategy options and draft policies consultation

Representation ID: 4737

Received: 01/09/2021

Representation Summary:

The agricultural land classification map published by Natural England is not sufficiently detailed. High quality agricultural land should not be used for development - more detailed information is needed before decisions about site allocations are made.

Full text:

The agricultural land classification map published by Natural England is not sufficiently detailed. High quality agricultural land should not be used for development - more detailed information is needed before decisions about site allocations are made.

Object

Local Plan 2040 Draft Plan - Strategy options and draft policies consultation

Representation ID: 4853

Received: 02/09/2021

Representation Summary:

I believe it is important to map the soil (which forms part of the natural capital), and therefore the agricultural land grades, much more closely as this is a key part of the National Planning Policy Framework. The agricultural land classification map published by Natural England is not sufficiently detailed. High quality agricultural land should not be used for development and therefore more detailed information is needed before decisions about site allocations are made.

Full text:

I believe it is important to map the soil (which forms part of the natural capital), and therefore the agricultural land grades, much more closely as this is a key part of the National Planning Policy Framework. The agricultural land classification map published by Natural England is not sufficiently detailed. High quality agricultural land should not be used for development and therefore more detailed information is needed before decisions about site allocations are made.

Object

Local Plan 2040 Draft Plan - Strategy options and draft policies consultation

Representation ID: 4904

Received: 02/09/2021

Representation Summary:

The land for the proposed Dennybrook site has been incorrectly graded. This needs to be addressed. It is high quality agricultural land and should not be used for development. Therefore all decision making should be stopped until the correct grade has been applied to the land.

Full text:

The land for the proposed Dennybrook site has been incorrectly graded. This needs to be addressed. It is high quality agricultural land and should not be used for development. Therefore all decision making should be stopped until the correct grade has been applied to the land.

Object

Local Plan 2040 Draft Plan - Strategy options and draft policies consultation

Representation ID: 4915

Received: 02/09/2021

Representation Summary:

Staploe Parish Council believe it is important to map the soil (which forms part of the natural capital) and therefore the agricultural land grades much more closely as this is a key part of the National Planning Policy Framework. The agricultural land classification map published by Natural England presents a number of difficulties: it is only available at a scale of 1:250,000 and so it is not easy to identify individual parcels of land. The map states that it “represents a generalised pattern of land classification grades and any enlargement of the scale of the map would be misleading”. The webpage states that the map “is intended for strategic uses” and is not “sufficiently accurate for use in assessment of individual fields or sites and any enlargement could be misleading”. The map is based on old survey information and circumstances may have subsequently changed. The map does not differentiate between Grades 3a and 3b. Grade 3a is included in the NPPF’s definition of best and most versatile agricultural land (along with Grades 1 and 2). Of the larger sites as far as we can see Dennybrook (site 977) (along with all land in Staploe Parish) is all grade 2 land with possibly a bit of grade 1 near Wyboston. Great Barford and Colworth are largely grade 3 and Twinwoods is grade 2 but has a significant proportion of brownfield land. However, we believe Bedford Borough Council should commission a more detailed survey of the agricultural land quality in the Borough.

Object

Local Plan 2040 Draft Plan - Strategy options and draft policies consultation

Representation ID: 5282

Received: 03/09/2021

Representation Summary:

This statement starts out saying "The Council already has strong planning policies to protect and enhance the natural environment", there is no evidence whatsoever that this is true

Full text:

This statement starts out saying "The Council already has strong planning policies to protect and enhance the natural environment", there is no evidence whatsoever that this is true

Object

Local Plan 2040 Draft Plan - Strategy options and draft policies consultation

Representation ID: 5480

Received: 06/09/2021

Representation Summary:

Staploe Parish Council believe it is important to map the soil (which forms part of the natural capital) and therefore the agricultural land grades much more closely as this is a key part of the National Planning Policy Framework. The agricultural land classification map published by Natural England presents a number of difficulties: it is only available at a scale of 1:250,000 and so it is not easy to identify individual parcels of land. The map states that it “represents a generalised pattern of land classification grades and any enlargement of the scale of the map would be misleading”. The webpage states that the map “is intended for strategic uses” and is not “sufficiently accurate for use in assessment of individual fields or sites and any enlargement could be misleading”. The map is based on old survey information and circumstances may have subsequently changed. The map does not differentiate between Grades 3a and 3b. Grade 3a is included in the NPPF’s definition of best and most versatile agricultural land (along with Grades 1 and 2). Of the larger sites as far as we can see Dennybrook (along with all land in Staploe Parish) is all grade 2 land with possibly a bit of grade 1 near Wyboston. Great Barford and Colworth are largely grade 3 and Twinwoods is grade 2 but has a significant proportion of brownfield land. However, we believe Bedford Borough Council should commission a more detailed survey of the agricultural land quality in the Borough.

Object

Local Plan 2040 Draft Plan - Strategy options and draft policies consultation

Representation ID: 5574

Received: 06/09/2021

Representation Summary:

I believe it is important to map the soil (which forms part of the natural capital) and therefore the agricultural land grades much more closely as this is a key part of the National Planning Policy Framework. The agricultural land classification map published by Natural England presents a number of difficulties: it is only available at a scale of 1:250,000 and so it is not easy to identify individual parcels of land. The map states that it “represents a generalised pattern of land classification grades and any enlargement of the scale of the map would be misleading”. The webpage states that the map “is intended for strategic uses” and is not “sufficiently accurate for use in assessment of individual fields or sites and any enlargement could be misleading”. The map is based on old survey information and circumstances may have subsequently changed. The map does not differentiate between Grades 3a and 3b. Grade 3a is included in the NPPF’s definition of best and most versatile agricultural land (along with Grades 1 and 2). Of the larger sites as far as we can see Dennybrook (site 977) (along with all land in Staploe Parish) is all grade 2 land with possibly a bit of grade 1 near Wyboston. Great Barford and Colworth are largely grade 3 and Twinwoods is grade 2 but has a significant proportion of brownfield land. However, we believe Bedford Borough Council should commission a more detailed survey of the agricultural land quality in the Borough.

Object

Local Plan 2040 Draft Plan - Strategy options and draft policies consultation

Representation ID: 5624

Received: 07/09/2021

Representation Summary:

I believe it is important to map the soil (which forms part of the natural capital) and therefore the agricultural land grades much more closely as this is a key part of the National Planning Policy Framework. The agricultural land classification map published by Natural England is not sufficiently detailed. High quality agricultural land should not be used for development and therefore more detailed information is needed before decisions about site allocations are made.