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(Approx. 7.2 ha)
See Plan dated 19/02/2014
Approx. 21 per hectare
Market housing - Owner occupied
, Affordable Housing - Affordable rent
, Affordable Housing - Shared ownership
Suitable access is achievable
Directly off Wood Lane.
See plan dated 19/02/2020
All development will be in accordance with Building Regulations and Council policies.
The owner is unlikely to be the ultimate developer but would consider prioritising schemes that optimised energy efficient homes, including a requirement for all southerly aspect pitched roofs to have solar panels. That may of course depend on continuing grant support at viable levels.
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Site not in accordance with the emerging development strategy
Exclude from further assessment
x The site is not within or adjoining the urban area or a defined settlement policy area, or within the built form of a small settlement
++ A site accessibility score of 8 is recorded where 8 is 0 – 10 minutes’ walk.
+ A site accessibility score of 6 is recorded where 6 is 11 – 20 minutes’ walk.
+ The site is within 10 minutes’ walk of a bus stop with a regular bus service (at least hourly) which enables travel 8am-6pm Monday to Friday to a major employer or it is possible to walk to a major employer within 10 minutes.
+ The site is not within or adjoining the air quality management area.
+ The site is not within or adjoining a site of nature conservation importance
? Uncertain or insufficient information.
? Uncertain or insufficient information
+ The site is within or adjoining the green infrastructure opportunity network and able to enhance the network.
, 0 The site is not within or adjoining the green infrastructure opportunity network or the impact of the proposal is neutral.
++ Opportunity area for fewer than 3 ecosystem services.
0 No renewable energy generation scheme included and efficiency standards that meet normal standards.
+ A site accessibility score of 6 is recorded where 6 is 11 – 20 minutes’ walk
x The proposal has the potential to cause harm to heritage assets. This harm may range from low to high. There may be options to avoid, reduce or mitigate this harm and where sites have not been ruled out altogether for other reasons, further assessment will be undertaken to more fully explore impacts on significance and options for harm reduction and mitigation. This further assessment may ultimately lead to the conclusion that the site should not be allocated.
0 Proposal is not employment related.
0 Proposal does not include a main town centre use.
x The proposal does not include and is not within 400m walking distance of a publicly accessible open space.
x The proposal does not include and is not within 800m of a publicly accessible sports facility
0 The proposal is likely to have a neutral effect on the landscape.
x The site is separated from a defined settlement policy area or the built form of a small settlement.
x The site is not previously developed land as defined in the NPPF.
x All or a majority of the site is best and most versatile agricultural land as defined in the NPPF.
+ The site is not located in a source protection zone.
xx Development would be in flood zones 3a or 3b.
+ The site is likely to provide a mix of housing and include affordable housing.
x The development will not meet identified needs eg elderly, care, travellers.
x The site is not within 800m of a facility where cultural or social activities can be accessed.
+ The proposal is for or includes a community use or is likely to promote community collaboration and social interaction eg cultural, social, leisure and sporting uses.
, 0 Neutral.
+ The development is likely to increase public surveillance or increase activity.
x Serious access constraint wider impacts
? Potential capacity problem requiring mitigation
The site is located at Wood Lane approximately 750m south of the junction with Sandy Road/Bedford Road in the village of Willington approximately 4.5 miles east of Bedford town centre. Wood Lane does not provide suitable access for this scale of development and the proposal will intensify its use as well as impact on the immediate junction with Bedford Road. The nearest bus stops present are located on Bedford Road and Station Rd both of which are located approximately 800m north of the site. There are no footways either side of Wood Lane and no specific provisions for cyclists, although local roads appear quiet. The proposal would require Wood Lane to be rebuilt in accordance with Bedford Borough Council’s (BBC) standards which is likely to be prohibitive. This would require construction of footways on wood lane and provision for cyclists.
No noise concerns
Entire site falls within the boundary of a MSA.
The site has been excluded from further assessment at Stage 1 because its location is not in accordance with the development strategy.