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Support

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

Representation ID: 3468

Received: 24/07/2021

Representation Summary:

By only including the four favoured options of the council in the literature sent out, as well as highlighting the same options at the open events and online you are ensuring that only one of those four will be taken forward. Its ok to say you can still comment on another option, the reality is though the council have by design or otherwise manipulated the outcome, the public will focus on the four provided. If the council generally do not want, the other options, or they are not viable, you should have discounted them, otherwise all should have equal prominance.

Full text:

By only including the four favoured options of the council in the literature sent out, as well as highlighting the same options at the open events and online you are ensuring that only one of those four will be taken forward. Its ok to say you can still comment on another option, the reality is though the council have by design or otherwise manipulated the outcome, the public will focus on the four provided. If the council generally do not want, the other options, or they are not viable, you should have discounted them, otherwise all should have equal prominance.

Object

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

Representation ID: 3470

Received: 24/07/2021

Representation Summary:

Option 2a is in my opinion the only one that is going to benefit the Town of Bedford. The others will take business to St Neots.

Full text:

Option 2a is in my opinion the only one that is going to benefit the Town of Bedford. The others will take business to St Neots.

Object

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

Representation ID: 3798

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.

Full text:

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.

Object

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

Representation ID: 3887

Received: 28/08/2021

Representation Summary:

The leaflet sent to households makes no reference to the full ambition for Dennybrook of having 10,500 dwellings. This was thoroughly misleading. I myself initially assumed that the proposal for Dennybrook was only for 2,500 dwellings, and it was a shock to discover that that was not the case.
I also did not notice (until it was pointed out to me) that it was still possible to comment on the other six options.
Why is the consultation being done in this misleading way, and are Councillors to get a vote on the outcome?

Full text:

The leaflet sent to households makes no reference to the full ambition for Dennybrook of having 10,500 dwellings. This was thoroughly misleading. I myself initially assumed that the proposal for Dennybrook was only for 2,500 dwellings, and it was a shock to discover that that was not the case.
I also did not notice (until it was pointed out to me) that it was still possible to comment on the other six options.
Why is the consultation being done in this misleading way, and are Councillors to get a vote on the outcome?

Object

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

Representation ID: 3905

Received: 28/08/2021

Representation Summary:

The local plan leaflet delivered to homes lists four options. Three of these include the massive new settlement at Dennybrook although the leaflet suggest that there will only be 2500 houses built here not the 10800 which is actually proposed. There is one line on the leaflet which suggests that 6 other options are available but doesn't list where they are or how to find out which they are. After all, there are over 900 sites listed on the call for sites map. This is not transparent consultation

Full text:

The local plan leaflet delivered to homes lists four options. Three of these include the massive new settlement at Dennybrook although the leaflet suggest that there will only be 2500 houses built here not the 10800 which is actually proposed. There is one line on the leaflet which suggests that 6 other options are available but doesn't list where they are or how to find out which they are. After all, there are over 900 sites listed on the call for sites map. This is not transparent consultation

Object

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

Representation ID: 3949

Received: 29/08/2021

Representation Summary:

the council is stearing the public towards its prefered options giving no space or information on othr options

Full text:

the council is stearing the public towards its prefered options giving no space or information on othr options

Object

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

Representation ID: 3960

Received: 29/08/2021

Representation Summary:

The consultation on the draft plan is misleading. It is not sufficiently clear that alternative options
can be proposed other than the 4 presented. It is not made clear that the new settlement at
Dennybrook would be the first phase of a development of 10,800 homes. The full impacts of
Dennybrook and Little Barford as new settlements should be fed into the assessment of the options
independently. Please make the decision re choice of sites in a full council meeting (not executive)
and permit Councillor Moon to vote in place of Tom Wootton as the latter is conflicted re
Dennybrook

Full text:

The consultation on the draft plan is misleading. It is not sufficiently clear that alternative options
can be proposed other than the 4 presented. It is not made clear that the new settlement at
Dennybrook would be the first phase of a development of 10,800 homes. The full impacts of
Dennybrook and Little Barford as new settlements should be fed into the assessment of the options
independently. Please make the decision re choice of sites in a full council meeting (not executive)
and permit Councillor Moon to vote in place of Tom Wootton as the latter is conflicted re
Dennybrook

Object

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

Representation ID: 3971

Received: 29/08/2021

Representation Summary:

How can we comment on all options when the leaflet only gave 4 choices and Carnt find the others

Full text:

How can we comment on all options when the leaflet only gave 4 choices and Carnt find the others

Object

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

Representation ID: 3988

Received: 29/08/2021

Representation Summary:

The local plan leaflet delivered to homes lists four options. Three of these include the massive new settlement at Dennybrook although the leaflet suggest that there will only be 2500 houses built here not the 10800 which is actually proposed. There is one line on the leaflet which suggests that 6 other options are available but doesn't list where they are or how to find out which they are. When you go to the map there are hundreds of options

Full text:

The local plan leaflet delivered to homes lists four options. Three of these include the massive new settlement at Dennybrook although the leaflet suggest that there will only be 2500 houses built here not the 10800 which is actually proposed. There is one line on the leaflet which suggests that 6 other options are available but doesn't list where they are or how to find out which they are. When you go to the map there are hundreds of options

Object

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

Representation ID: 4147

Received: 30/08/2021

Representation Summary:


The consultation on the draft plan is misleading. It is not sufficiently clear that alternative options can be proposed other than the 4 presented. It is not made clear that the new settlement at Dennybrook would be the first phase of a development of 10,800 homes. The full impacts of Dennybrook and Little Barford as new settlements should be fed into the assessment of the options independently. Please make the decision re choice of sites in a full council meeting (not executive) and permit Councillor Moon to vote in place of Tom Wootton as the latter is conflicted re Dennybrook.

Full text:

The councils 4 preferred options are too focused and there is just one small statement saying that other options are available in the summary leaflet and we believe this is misleading – most people will only respond based on the summary document and are unlikely to look up the alternative options.

We also object in the strongest terms to the fact that Dennybrook (site 977) (land west of Wyboston) is presented as a development of only 2,500 homes and it is not made at all clear in the summary leaflet that this is the first phase of a large town of 10,800 homes.

A number of our residents have told us that they believe they have to choose from the 4 options and that they believe Dennybrook would remain a site of only 2,500 homes based on the information they have seen in the consultation. This demonstrates that it is misleading.

It is stated in the Council’s Draft Sustainability Appraisal, dated June 2021 (DSA) that all spatial options have been assessed. However, options 2b, 2c, and 2d clearly identify two new settlements. In order to fully consider the social, economical and environmental impacts associated with these two proposed settlements, their impacts need to be assessed separately and fed into the draft SA. At present, the options testing within the draft SA are not accurate as a result. Accordingly, Bedford Borough Council have not robustly assessed the options, and therefore have not adequately evaluated the likely significant effects on the environment, contrary to The Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations 2004.

Staploe Parish Council would like to request that the decision about which sites to choose for development be made at full council with Borough Councillors being given the opportunity to vote on it before it reaches the “is it sound and is it legal” stage of the plan – regulation 19. We would ask that the decision is therefore not made by the Mayor of Bedford’s executive powers. We would also like to request that, where a Borough Councillor is conflicted due to a conflict of interests, an alternative Borough Councillor representing the same party is permitted to vote on the matter in their stead. Our Borough Councillor Tom Wootton is conflicted regarding the proposed site at Dennybrook (site 977) and we would like Councillor Moon to vote in his stead.

Object

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

Representation ID: 4185

Received: 30/08/2021

Representation Summary:

I did not feel that the leaflet delivered to homes was clear. The leaflet was aimed at four options, with three of these including Dennybrook (977). Even this led you to believe it was 2500 house, not 10800. I read the one line making you aware that there were several other options. There was little information about these options or the hundreds of sites on the call for sites map.

Full text:

I did not feel that the leaflet delivered to homes was clear. The leaflet was aimed at four options, with three of these including Dennybrook (977). Even this led you to believe it was 2500 house, not 10800. I read the one line making you aware that there were several other options. There was little information about these options or the hundreds of sites on the call for sites map.

Support

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

Representation ID: 4207

Received: 30/08/2021

Representation Summary:

We are supportive of the current proposals, as long as implementation reflects the following principles\;
- 'Brownfield sites are considered first, before new housing is proposed for greenfield sites and new settlements
- Environmental and build standards are high and enforced
-Existing villages are not over-whelmed by disproportionate expansion
-Accessible green facilities, e.g. parkland and public open space, are not destroyed
-Proper advance planning and funding is made for the impact on public services
-Bedford's historic townscape is respected and protected

Full text:

We are supportive of the current proposals, as long as implementation reflects the following principles\;
- 'Brownfield sites are considered first, before new housing is proposed for greenfield sites and new settlements
- Environmental and build standards are high and enforced
-Existing villages are not over-whelmed by disproportionate expansion
-Accessible green facilities, e.g. parkland and public open space, are not destroyed
-Proper advance planning and funding is made for the impact on public services
-Bedford's historic townscape is respected and protected

Support

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

Representation ID: 4216

Received: 30/08/2021

Representation Summary:

Support option 2a.

Development in and around the urban area of Bedford, plus A421 transport corridor south.

No large new settlements in open countryside, brownfield sites first.

Arc spatial framework to be agreed, to ensure any new large scale development is in the right place and does not conflict with neighbouring authority developments.

Would like borough councillors to be given opportunity to vote, so decision is not made by Mayor only (Executive Powers).

Concerned only 279 respondents engaged with first Consultation (approximately 50% were not residents, but interested parties).

This consultation has been very challenging; a lot of complex information.







Full text:

Support option 2a.

Development in and around the urban area of Bedford, plus A421 transport corridor south.

No large new settlements in open countryside, brownfield sites first.

Arc spatial framework to be agreed, to ensure any new large scale development is in the right place and does not conflict with neighbouring authority developments.

Would like borough councillors to be given opportunity to vote, so decision is not made by Mayor only (Executive Powers).

Concerned only 279 respondents engaged with first Consultation (approximately 50% were not residents, but interested parties).

This consultation has been very challenging; a lot of complex information.







Object

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

Representation ID: 4242

Received: 30/08/2021

Representation Summary:

The local plan leaflet delivered to homes lists four options. Three of these include the massive new settlement at Dennybrook although the leaflet suggest that there will only be 2500 houses built here not the 10800 which is actually proposed. There is one line on the leaflet which suggests that 6 other options are available but doesn't list where they are or how to find out which they are. After all, there are over 900 sites listed on the call for sites map. This is not transparent consultation

Full text:

The local plan leaflet delivered to homes lists four options. Three of these include the massive new settlement at Dennybrook although the leaflet suggest that there will only be 2500 houses built here not the 10800 which is actually proposed. There is one line on the leaflet which suggests that 6 other options are available but doesn't list where they are or how to find out which they are. After all, there are over 900 sites listed on the call for sites map. This is not transparent consultation

Object

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

Representation ID: 4323

Received: 31/08/2021

Representation Summary:

The local plan leaflet delivered to homes lists four options. Three of these include the massive new settlement at Dennybrook although the leaflet suggest that there will only be 2500 houses built here not the 10800 which is actually proposed. There is one line on the leaflet which suggests that 6 other options are available but doesn't list where they are or how to find out which they are. After all, there are over 900 sites listed on the call for sites map. This is not transparent consultation.

Full text:

The local plan leaflet delivered to homes lists four options. Three of these include the massive new settlement at Dennybrook although the leaflet suggest that there will only be 2500 houses built here not the 10800 which is actually proposed. There is one line on the leaflet which suggests that 6 other options are available but doesn't list where they are or how to find out which they are. After all, there are over 900 sites listed on the call for sites map. This is not transparent consultation.

Object

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

Representation ID: 4356

Received: 31/08/2021

Representation Summary:

The local plan leaflet delivered to homes lists four options. Three of these include the massive new settlement at Dennybrook although the leaflet suggest that there will only be 2500 houses built here not the 10800 which is actually proposed. There is one line on the leaflet which suggests that 6 other options are available but doesn't list where they are or how to find out which they are. After all, there are over 900 sites listed on the call for sites map. This is not transparent consultation.

Full text:

The local plan leaflet delivered to homes lists four options. Three of these include the massive new settlement at Dennybrook although the leaflet suggest that there will only be 2500 houses built here not the 10800 which is actually proposed. There is one line on the leaflet which suggests that 6 other options are available but doesn't list where they are or how to find out which they are. After all, there are over 900 sites listed on the call for sites map. This is not transparent consultation.

Object

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

Representation ID: 4418

Received: 31/08/2021

Representation Summary:

What happened to the options in the 2030 LP?
The idea that Dennybrook will only be 2,500 homes is misleading and some local residents have misunderstood this. See the recent 'Denybrook Information Leaflet' just released by Taylor Wimpey in which they propose more like 10,000 homes.
Decision on which site to chose should be made by Borough Councillors at full council and not left to the Mayor. Permit Councillor Moon to vote in place of Tom Wootton as the latter is conflicted re Dennybrook.

Full text:

What happened to the options listed in the 2030 Local Plan but which are not represented in this one? There is just one small statement saying that other options are available in the summary leaflet and we believe this is misleading – most people will only respond based on the summary document and are unlikely to look up the alternative options.
The suggestion that Dennybrook would only be 2,500 new homes is completely misleading, especially has Taylor Wimpey has now released the 'Denybrook Information Leaflet' (to be delivered to local homes) which states 'Taylor Wimpey are proposing Denybrook Garden Community as a possible location for a new settlement, comprising a series of linked villages providing up to 10,000 new homes...'
There are some residents who have been mislead by the Local Plan into thinking that the development will be restricted to 2,500 homes, and are in favour of this without understanding the full picture and the implications.
I think that the decision about which sites to choose for development should be made at full council with Borough Councillors being given the opportunity to vote on it. The decision should not be made by the Mayor of Bedford’s executive powers.

Object

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

Representation ID: 4455

Received: 31/08/2021

Representation Summary:

The consultation on the draft plan is misleading. It is not sufficiently clear that alternative options can be proposed other than the 4 presented. It is not made clear that the new settlement at Dennybrook would be the first phase of a development of 10,800 homes. The full impacts of Dennybrook and Little Barford as new settlements should be fed into the assessment of the options independently. Please make the decision re choice of sites in a full council meeting (not executive) and permit Councillor Moon to vote in place of Tom Wootton as the latter is conflicted re Dennybrook.

Full text:

I object to the presentation of the 4 options in the summary leaflet that residents received regarding the draft plan. There is just one small statement saying that other options are available in the summary leaflet and we believe this is misleading – most people will only respond based on the summary document and are unlikely to look up the alternative options.

I also object in the strongest terms to the fact that Dennybrook (site 977) (land west of Wyboston) is presented as a development of only 2,500 homes and it is not made at all clear in the summary leaflet that this is the first phase of a large town of 10,800 homes.

A number of people have told us that they believe they have to choose from the 4 options and that they believe Dennybrook would remain a site of only 2,500 homes based on the information they have seen in the consultation. This demonstrates that it is misleading.

It is stated in the Council’s Draft Sustainability Appraisal, dated June 2021 (DSA) that all spatial options have been assessed. However, options 2b, 2c, and 2d clearly identify two new settlements. In order to fully consider the social, economical and environmental impacts associated with these two proposed settlements, their impacts need to be assessed separately and fed into the draft Sustainability Assessment. At present, the options testing within the draft SA are not accurate as a result. Accordingly, Bedford Borough Council have not robustly assessed the options, and therefore have not adequately evaluated the likely significant effects on the environment, contrary to The Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations 2004.

I would like to request that the decision about which sites to choose for development be made at full council with Borough Councillors being given the opportunity to vote on it before it reaches the “is it sound and is it legal” stage of the plan – regulation 19. I would ask that the decision is therefore not made by the Mayor of Bedford’s executive powers. We would also like to request that, where a Borough Councillor is conflicted due to a conflict of interests, an alternative Borough Councillor representing the same party is permitted to vote on the matter in their stead. Our Borough Councillor Tom Wootton is conflicted regarding the proposed site at Dennybrook (site 977) and I would like Councillor Moon to vote in his stead.

Object

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

Representation ID: 4533

Received: 01/09/2021

Representation Summary:

See above

Full text:

The consultation on the draft plan is totally misleading. It is not clear that alternative options can be proposed other than the 4 presented.
Nowhere is it made clear that the new settlement at Dennybrook would be the first phase of a development of 10,800 homes.
The full impacts of Dennybrook and Little Barford as new settlements should be fully assessed with regard to their impact on St Neots and should be fed into the assessment of all options independently.
Choice of sites should be decided in a full council meeting (not executive) and any decisions made fairly and without any conflict of interests re Dennybrook.

Object

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

Representation ID: 4615

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: 4675

Received: 01/09/2021

Representation Summary:

Staploe Parish Council object to the presentation of the 4 options in the summary leaflet that residents received regarding the draft plan. There is just one small statement saying that other options are available in the summary leaflet and we believe this is misleading – most people will only respond based on the summary document and are unlikely to look up the alternative options.
We also object in the strongest terms to the fact that Dennybrook (site 977) (land west of Wyboston) is presented as a development of only 2,500 homes and it is not made at all clear in the summary leaflet that this is the first phase of a large town of 10,800 homes.
A number of our residents have told us that they believe they have to choose from the 4 options and that they believe Dennybrook would remain a site of only 2,500 homes based on the information they have seen in the consultation. This demonstrates that it is misleading.
It is stated in the Council’s Draft Sustainability Appraisal, dated June 2021 (DSA) that all spatial options have been assessed. However, options 2b, 2c, and 2d clearly identify two new settlements. In order to fully consider the social, economical and environmental impacts associated with these two proposed settlements, their impacts need to be assessed separately and fed into the draft SA. At present, the options testing within the draft SA are not accurate as a result. Accordingly, Bedford Borough Council have not robustly assessed the options, and therefore have not adequately evaluated the likely significant effects on the environment, contrary to The Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations 2004.
Staploe Parish Council would like to request that the decision about which sites to choose for development be made at full council with Borough Councillors being given the opportunity to vote on it before it reaches the “is it sound and is it legal” stage of the plan – regulation 19. We would ask that the decision is therefore not made by the Mayor of Bedford’s executive powers. We would also like to request that, where a Borough Councillor is conflicted due to a conflict of interests, an alternative Borough Councillor representing the same party is permitted to vote on the matter in their stead. Our Borough Councillor Tom Wootton is conflicted regarding the proposed site at Dennybrook (site 977) and we would like Councillor Moon to vote in his stead.

Object

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

Representation ID: 4738

Received: 01/09/2021

Representation Summary:

Not all options are fully disclosed in the consultation. People will base their replies on misleading information.
Site 977 Dennybrook is proposed to provide many more than the 2,500 homes implied by the consultation.
The decision about which sites to choose for development should be made at full council with Borough Councillors being given the opportunity to vote on it. The decision should not be made by the Mayor of Bedford’s executive powers.

Full text:

There are options listed in the 2030 Local Plan but which are not represented in this consultation. There is just one small statement in the summary leaflet saying that other options are available and we believe this is misleading – most people will only respond based on the summary document and are unlikely to look up the alternative options in the 2030 Plan.
The suggestion that Dennybrook (site 977) would be restricted to 2,500 new homes is utterly misleading - Taylor Wimpey has now released the 'Denybrook Information Leaflet' (to be delivered to local homes) which states 'Taylor Wimpey are proposing Denybrook Garden Community as a possible location for a new settlement, comprising a series of linked villages providing up to 10,000 new homes...' and the Leaflet provides a plan of the entire development.
There are some residents who have been misled by the Local Plan into thinking that the development will be restricted to 2,500 homes, and are in favour of this without understanding the full picture and the implications.
I think that the decision about which sites to choose for development should be made at full council with Borough Councillors being given the opportunity to vote on it. The decision should not be made by the Mayor of Bedford’s executive powers.

Object

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

Representation ID: 4856

Received: 02/09/2021

Representation Summary:

The consultation on the draft plan is misleading. It is not sufficiently clear that alternative options can be proposed other than the 4 presented. It is not made clear that the new settlement at Dennybrook would be the first phase of a development of 10,800 homes. The full impacts of Dennybrook and Little Barford as new settlements should be fed into the assessment of the options independently. As a resident of St Neots I thoroughly object to these proposals of developments on our 'doorstep' that will impact our flood risk and amenities with no financial compensation.

Full text:

The consultation on the draft plan is misleading. It is not sufficiently clear that alternative options can be proposed other than the 4 presented. It is not made clear that the new settlement at Dennybrook would be the first phase of a development of 10,800 homes. The full impacts of Dennybrook and Little Barford as new settlements should be fed into the assessment of the options independently. As a resident of St Neots I thoroughly object to these proposals of developments on our 'doorstep' that will impact our flood risk and amenities with no financial compensation.

Object

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

Representation ID: 4908

Received: 02/09/2021

Representation Summary:

The consultation on the draft plan is misleading. It is not clear that alternative options can be proposed other than the 4 presented. It is also unclear that the new settlement at Dennybrook would be the first phase of a development of 10,800 homes. The full impacts of Dennybrook and Little Barford as new settlements should be fed into the assessment of the options independently. Please make the decision re choice of sites in a full council meeting ( non executive) and permit councillor Moon to vote in place of Tom Wootton as the latter is conflicted re Dennybrook.

Full text:

The consultation on the draft plan is misleading. It is not clear that alternative options can be proposed other than the 4 presented. It is also unclear that the new settlement at Dennybrook would be the first phase of a development of 10,800 homes. The full impacts of Dennybrook and Little Barford as new settlements should be fed into the assessment of the options independently. Please make the decision re choice of sites in a full council meeting ( non executive) and permit councillor Moon to vote in place of Tom Wootton as the latter is conflicted re Dennybrook.

Object

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

Representation ID: 4927

Received: 02/09/2021

Representation Summary:

Staploe Parish Council object to the presentation of the 4 options in the summary leaflet that residents received regarding the draft plan. There is just one small statement saying that other options are available in the summary leaflet and we believe this is misleading – most people will only respond based on the summary document and are unlikely to look up the alternative options.

We also object in the strongest terms to the fact that Dennybrook (site 977) (land west of Wyboston) is presented as a development of only 2,500 homes and it is not made at all clear in the summary leaflet that this is the first phase of a large town of 10,800 homes.

A number of our residents have told us that they believe they have to choose from the 4 options and that they believe Dennybrook would remain a site of only 2,500 homes based on the information they have seen in the consultation. This demonstrates that it is misleading.

It is stated in the Council’s Draft Sustainability Appraisal, dated June 2021 (DSA) that all spatial options have been assessed. However, options 2b, 2c, and 2d clearly identify two new settlements. In order to fully consider the social, economical and environmental impacts associated with these two proposed settlements, their impacts need to be assessed separately and fed into the draft SA. At present, the options testing within the draft SA are not accurate as a result. Accordingly, Bedford Borough Council have not robustly assessed the options, and therefore have not adequately evaluated the likely significant effects on the environment, contrary to The Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations 2004.

Staploe Parish Council would like to request that the decision about which sites to choose for development be made at full council with Borough Councillors being given the opportunity to vote on it before it reaches the “is it sound and is it legal” stage of the plan – regulation 19. We would ask that the decision is therefore not made by the Mayor of Bedford’s executive powers. We would also like to request that, where a Borough Councillor is conflicted due to a conflict of interests, an alternative Borough Councillor representing the same party is permitted to vote on the matter in their stead. Our Borough Councillor Tom Wootton is conflicted regarding the proposed site at Dennybrook (site 977) and we would like Councillor Moon to vote in his stead.

Object

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

Representation ID: 5175

Received: 03/09/2021

Representation Summary:

The distributed flyer promoting the local plan consultation was misleading. Only 4 options shown in the flyer with a brief statement saying that other options are available. Furthermore the site is indicated by a star, and does not reflect the actual position and impact on the applicable area.
I object VERY STRONGLY to the fact that Dennybrook (site 977) is presented as a development of only 2,500 homes and it is not made at all clear in the summary leaflet that this is the first phase of a large town of 10,800 homes. This is again misleading.

Full text:

The distributed flyer promoting the local plan consultation was misleading. Only 4 options shown in the flyer with a brief statement saying that other options are available. Furthermore the site is indicated by a star, and does not reflect the actual position and impact on the applicable area.
I object VERY STRONGLY to the fact that Dennybrook (site 977) is presented as a development of only 2,500 homes and it is not made at all clear in the summary leaflet that this is the first phase of a large town of 10,800 homes. This is again misleading.

Object

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

Representation ID: 5482

Received: 06/09/2021

Representation Summary:

Staploe Parish Council object to the presentation of the 4 options in the draft plan. There is just one small statement saying that other options are available in the summary leaflet and we believe this is misleading – most people will only respond based on the summary document and are unlikely to look up the alternative options.

We also object in the strongest terms to the fact that Dennybrook (land west of Wyboston) is presented as a development of only 2,500 homes and it is not made at all clear in the summary leaflet that this is the first phase of a large town of 10,800 homes.

It is stated in the Council’s Draft Sustainability Appraisal, dated June 2021 (DSA) that all spatial options have been assessed. However, options 2b, 2c, and 2d clearly identify two new settlements. In order to fully consider the social, economical and environmental impacts associated with these two proposed settlements, their impacts need to be assessed separately and fed into the draft SA. At present, the options testing within the draft SA are not accurate as a result. Accordingly, Bedford Borough Council have not robustly assessed the options, and therefore have not adequately evaluated the likely significant effects on the environment, contrary to The Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations 2004.

Staploe Parish Council would like to request that the decision about which sites to choose for development be made at full council with Borough Councillors being given the opportunity to vote on it before it reaches the “is it sound and is it legal” stage of the plan – regulation 19. We would ask that the decision is therefore not made by the Mayor of Bedford’s executive powers. We would also like to request that, where a Borough Councillor is conflicted due to a conflict of interests, an alternative Borough Councillor representing the same party is permitted to vote on the matter in their stead. Our Borough Councillor Tom Wootton is conflicted regarding the proposed site at Dennybrook and we would like Councillor Moon to vote in his stead.

Object

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

Representation ID: 5576

Received: 06/09/2021

Representation Summary:

I object to the presentation of the 4 options in the summary leaflet that residents received regarding the draft plan. There is just one small statement saying that other options are available in the summary leaflet and we believe this is misleading – most people will only respond based on the summary document and are unlikely to look up the alternative options.

We also object in the strongest terms to the fact that Dennybrook (site 977) (land west of Wyboston) is presented as a development of only 2,500 homes and it is not made at all clear in the summary leaflet that this is the first phase of a large town of 10,800 homes.

A number of our residents have told us that they believe they have to choose from the 4 options and that they believe Dennybrook would remain a site of only 2,500 homes based on the information they have seen in the consultation. This demonstrates that it is misleading.

It is stated in the Council’s Draft Sustainability Appraisal, dated June 2021 (DSA) that all spatial options have been assessed. However, options 2b, 2c, and 2d clearly identify two new settlements. In order to fully consider the social, economical and environmental impacts associated with these two proposed settlements, their impacts need to be assessed separately and fed into the draft SA. At present, the options testing within the draft SA are not accurate as a result. Accordingly, Bedford Borough Council have not robustly assessed the options, and therefore have not adequately evaluated the likely significant effects on the environment, contrary to The Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations 2004.

I would like to request that the decision about which sites to choose for development be made at full council with Borough Councillors being given the opportunity to vote on it before it reaches the “is it sound and is it legal” stage of the plan – regulation 19. We would ask that the decision is therefore not made by the Mayor of Bedford’s executive powers. We would also like to request that, where a Borough Councillor is conflicted due to a conflict of interests, an alternative Borough Councillor representing the same party is permitted to vote on the matter in their stead. Our Borough Councillor Tom Wootton is conflicted regarding the proposed site at Dennybrook (site 977) and we would like Councillor Moon to vote in his stead.

Object

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

Representation ID: 5626

Received: 07/09/2021

Representation Summary:

The consultation on the draft plan is misleading. It is not sufficiently clear that alternative options can be proposed other than the 4 presented. It is not made clear that the new settlement at Dennybrook would be the first phase of a development of 10,800 homes. The full impacts of Dennybrook and Little Barford as new settlements should be fed into the assessment of the options independently. Please make the decision re choice of sites in a full council meeting (not executive) and permit Councillor Moon to vote in place of Tom Wootton as the latter is conflicted re Dennybrook.

Object

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

Representation ID: 5679

Received: 07/09/2021

Representation Summary:

Staploe Parish Council object to the presentation of the 4 options in the summary leaflet that residents received regarding the draft plan. There is just one small statement saying that other options are available in the summary leaflet and we believe this is misleading – most people will only respond based on the summary document and are unlikely to look up the alternative options.

We also object in the strongest terms to the fact that Dennybrook (site 977) (land west of Wyboston) is presented as a development of only 2,500 homes and it is not made at all clear in the summary leaflet that this is the first phase of a large town of 10,800 homes.

A number of our residents have told us that they believe they have to choose from the 4 options and that they believe Dennybrook would remain a site of only 2,500 homes based on the information they have seen in the consultation. This demonstrates that it is misleading.

It is stated in the Council’s Draft Sustainability Appraisal, dated June 2021 (DSA) that all spatial options have been assessed. However, options 2b, 2c, and 2d clearly identify two new settlements. In order to fully consider the social, economical and environmental impacts associated with these two proposed settlements, their impacts need to be assessed separately and fed into the draft SA. At present, the options testing within the draft SA are not accurate as a result. Accordingly, Bedford Borough Council have not robustly assessed the options, and therefore have not adequately evaluated the likely significant effects on the environment, contrary to The Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations 2004.

Staploe Parish Council would like to request that the decision about which sites to choose for development be made at full council with Borough Councillors being given the opportunity to vote on it before it reaches the “is it sound and is it legal” stage of the plan – regulation 19. We would ask that the decision is therefore not made by the Mayor of Bedford’s executive powers. We would also like to request that, where a Borough Councillor is conflicted due to a conflict of interests, an alternative Borough Councillor representing the same party is permitted to vote on the matter in their stead. Our Borough Councillor Tom Wootton is conflicted regarding the proposed site at Dennybrook (site 977) and we would like Councillor Moon to vote in his stead.