BOWER LANE: DEVELOPERS APPEAL AGAINST CBC DECISION
As we expected, the developers have appealed against the decision by CBC to refuse planning on the land between Bower Lane and Edlesborough.
Just a few minutes of your time could help us finally stop this development
If you submitted an objection you should have recently received a letter explaining that will be decided following a hearing. To hopefully address some of the confusion. This is not a repeat of the consultation; the developer is appealing against CBCs decision to the Planning Inspectorate. In this case, I’m sure that many people support CBC and believe they made the right decision when they rejected this application.
CBC will be defending their original decision, but we have the opportunity to provide additional comments that support CBC and provide a local perspective.
To make this as easy as possible, we have drafted an open letter (similar to a petition) that counters the specific arguments the developers are making as part of their appeal. It’s then simple to lend your support should you feel it also reflects your views. And this doesn’t prohibit you from sending your own additional comments to the Inspectorate as well.
It couldn’t be easier to support. Just go to the following link, take a look at the letter and drop us a line with the names of anyone in your household who agrees with the points it makes, along with your full address.
We’ll post more here as we make progress.
Thanks for everyone’s ongoing support
Last Updated 26NOV2019.
Background: In 2018 a planning application was made 120 houses (18/03308) on Bower Lane. The proposed development is on Green Belt land. Approximately 70% of the buildings would be 3 or 4 bedroom houses. Based on the planning statement, the only provision for starter homes would be eight, two-bedroom apartments. The development would lead to more than a 20% increase to the village population, adding an additional 250 to 343 cars and an estimated 170 children. The planned housing estate is significantly larger than any previous development in Eaton Bray. 570 objections were raised during this initial consultation and CBC refused the application on a number of grounds.
For more details on the Bower Lane Development, click here.
An application has been made to build 58 houses on land adjoining Eaton Park and School Lane. We are currently waiting to hear from CBC on the status of this proposal.
For more details on the Eaton Park Development, click here.
Why are we trying to protect Eaton Bray?
Developers have targeted a number of areas in Eaton Bray for new housing estates. If they go ahead the will irreparably destroy our countryside. Place an additional burden on our already overstretched services. Increase traffic congestion, contribute the merging of Eaton Bray and Eddlesborough into a single town and open the door for yet more development.
Protecting our countryside
Destruction of the Green Belt is an incremental process. Although the hedges surrounding these sites are often allowed to grow and obscure the view, these areas are still considered by people in the village to be part of the countryside. Often owners will decide to neglect the land in order to make a better case for development, but that not make it any less a part of our countryside or the green belt.
Very special circumstances
Building on green belt land can only be conducted if it can be shown that the area offers Very Special Circumstances for the development. These special circumstance would need to be specific to the unique geographic location, capacity of our services and infrastructure offered by Eaton Bray. Our argument is that this capacity and these circumstances simply do not exist.
If these application are approved it sets a precedent for future planning applications in Eaton Bray.
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