Call for Sites Form

Form ID: 764

Land owner

No answer given

Yes

Land north of St Neots Road and south of the A421

Agriculture

A421

Quarry

Agricultural

A421 junction

No

Employment

Nothing chosen

No answer given

Nothing chosen

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Nothing chosen

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Nothing chosen

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B1, B2 and B8

47,250 sqm

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Suitable access is achievable

The site would be accessed from St Neots Road.

Yes

No

No

No

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2024

Please see accompanying statement

21.71

Above

None

Include in next stage of assessment

Site is available

Include in next stage of 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

x A site accessibility score of 4 is recorded where 4 is 21 – 30 minutes’ walk.

xx A site accessibility score of 0 is recorded where 0 is more than 30 minutes’ walk.

x The site is within 10 minutes’ walk of a bus stop with an infrequent bus service (less frequent than hourly each day) which enables travel 8am6pm Monday to Friday to a major employer.

+ 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

xx Protected species recorded on the site

? Uncertain or insufficient information

0 The site is not within or adjoining the green infrastructure opportunity network or the impact of the proposal is neutral.

+ Opportunity area for 3 or more ecosystem services covers less than 25% of the site.

0 No renewable energy generation scheme included and efficiency standards that meet normal standards.

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

x A site accessibility score of 4 is recorded where 4 is 21 – 30 minutes’ walk

xx A site accessibility score of 0 is recorded where 0 is more than 30 minutes’ walk.

x The site is within 10 minutes’ walk of a bus stop with an infrequent bus service (less frequent than hourly each day) which enables travel 8am6pm Monday to Friday to a major employer.

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.

+ Proposal includes permanent economic and employment opportunities.

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

? It is uncertain what effect the proposal is likely to have on the landscape / more information is required.

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.

+ The site is within flood zone 1 (areas that have been shown to be at less than 0.1% chance of flooding in any year).

0 Residential development not proposed.

0 Residential development not proposed.

x The site is not within 800m of a facility where cultural or social activities can be accessed.

0 Neutral.

+ The development is likely to increase public surveillance or increase activity.

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

x A site accessibility score of 4 is recorded where 4 is 21 – 30 minutes’ walk.

xx A site accessibility score of 0 is recorded where 0 is more than 30 minutes’ walk.

x The site is within 10 minutes’ walk of a bus stop with an infrequent bus service (less frequent than hourly each day) which enables travel 8am6pm Monday to Friday to a major employer.

+ No access constraints

? Potential capacity problem requiring mitigation

Access onto St Neots Road directly opposite an unnamed road. No significant traffic congestion congestion in the area. Nearest bus stop is over 1km away and provides approx 4 services a day to Bedford. However, the 905 Bedford- Cambridge passes the site on a half hourly basis so a new stop could be formed for this. There is an adequate pavement outside the site on St Neots Road which leads into Bedford. There are no cycle facilities however the pavement is wide and if designated as a shared path could provide a useful cycle link from the site into Bedford. Create a new bus stop on St Neots Road to make the site accessible from the 905 Bedford-Cambridge bus. Connect to the existing pavement outside the site on St Neots Road. Consider redesignating/upgrading the pavement on St Neots Road from the site to the outskirts of Bedford as a shared path to create a direct cycle link.

Nothing chosen

close proximity to bypass

Site does not fall within the boundary of a MSA.

The site is suitable for allocation for employment development in combination with Site 761. Allocation principles include: - preparation of a masterplan, - development for employment, - landscape considerations given proximity to Renhold Green End and this site being a gateway location, - Transport assessment and sustainable transport connections, - site specific flood risk assessment, - consideration of heritage assets. Site is proposed for allocation EMP6 Land at Water End and St Neots Road.