Call for Sites Form

Form ID: 883

Land owner

No answer given

Yes

Land at TwinWoods

Business Park / Secure Residential Institution / Vacant / Agriculture

Agriculture

Agriculture

Agriculture

Agriculture

Yes

Housing

Employment, Retail, Hotel, All other types

6,000-7,000

Family houses, Self-build/Custom build homes, Older people housing, Flats

No answer given

30-50dph net

Market housing - Owner occupied, Market housing - Private rented housing, Affordable Housing - Affordable rent, Affordable Housing - Shared ownership, Other

Social rent

No answer given

Nothing chosen

No answer given

Mixed of E-Class Uses, comprising business park, light industrial, and commercial activities associated with town centres

14-20 ha

Local retail facilities and a district centre

Covered under mix of E-Class Uses above, 14-20ha

Covered under mix of E-Class Uses above, 14-20ha

150

Largely covered under mix of E-Class Uses above, 14-20ha

A site of this scale can deliver a range of leisure, recreational and community uses. Whilst the specifics would be agreed through consultation, we propose the land area will form part of the 14-20ha for E-Class Uses referenced above.

Suitable access is achievable

Off the A6 and other local roads

Yes

No

No

No

680

1,397

1,418

2,445

2025

We envisage TwinWoods having a full range of facilities and infrastructure to support what will be a significant community in its own right. Our proposals place sustainability and climate change at the forefront of our approach and the development will embrace the different routes to achieving a net zero carbon development. The design and construction of buildings will embed high energy-efficiency and low utilities demand. A potential new railway station at the heart of the community gives opportunities for sustainable travel and relieves pressure on Bedford itself. There is a strong opportunity to bake-in sustainability at the outset, not just with walking and cycling routes and provision of high-quality bus routes, but also the co-location of key activities across the new community. This includes the provision of a range of local jobs on the site within easy commuting distance of homes, so not all residents out-commute each day, as well as strong cultural, recreational and shopping facilities, schools, health and leisure facilities and generous open space in walkable, vibrant, sociable neighbourhoods.

848.37

Above

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

+ The site is not within or adjoining the air quality management area.

x The site is within or adjoining a site of nature conservation importance

xx Protected species recorded on the site

? Uncertain or insufficient information

Nothing chosen

Nothing chosen

xx The proposal has the potential to cause very high harm (which may reach the level of substantial harm) to a heritage asset. Development with this level of impact will be removed from further consideration unless it can be demonstrated that the harm can be avoided, mitigated or outweighed by substantial public benefits.

Nothing chosen

Nothing chosen

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.

+ The site is not on 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).

? Potential access requiring mitigation

? Potential capacity problem requiring mitigation

NOTE: This is a large site proposal for a new settlement with complex traffic and transport requirements. Further assessment of the transport impacts has been carried out and published as a supporting document found here www.bedford.gov.uk/LocalPlan2040 Scores are a rough estimate with the Site covering a large area that experiences better accessibility towards the west and south. Access is likely from a number of roads including the A6 north and south of Milton Ernest. A more detailed investigation is required here including the potential infrastructure construction and improvements that could occur from such a large development site. Capacity and junction assessments should be conducted based on the proposed development scale and the fact that congestion is evident around settlements bordering the A6. A significant masterplanning and impact assessment is required for this site. Currently a number of accesses are achievable but more work is required to understand which are likely to operate in the future and how the proposed pedestrian and cyclist infrastructure would serve its purpose.

Nothing chosen

potential noise from Yarlswood and twinwoods business park

Area of proposed use covers large area at Twinwoods which incorporates Biogen Anaerobic Digestion Plant Site. Area incorporates Pet Crematorium. Area incorporates Wood Waste energy from waste plant. Area incorporates Hazardous waste transfer operation.

High opportunity allocation, Does not pose risk

Site does not fall within the boundary of a MSA.