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.



The image shows the boundary of the site. 120 houses are planned for this 7.5 Hectare space. The majority of these are three and four-bedroom houses. The shaded area is a protected orchard. The original proposal included 170 houses (9.7 Hectares). Although this additional field was removed from the current application; the land is owned by the developers and their designs show clear access for future development. [click HERE or additional detail]

The scale of the development

The planning application has been 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.

Protecting of our countryside

Destruction of the Green Belt is an incremental process. Although the hedges surrounding the site have been allowed to grow and obscure the view, this area is considered by people in the village to be part of the countryside. The site is actively used for agricultural purposes (the grazing of sheep and lambs). Although the owners may decide to neglect the land in order to make a better case for development, it does 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 this application is approved it will set a precedent for future planning applications in Eaton Bray. 

The arguments made by the developers

The planning statement submitted by Optimis Consulting to Central Bedfordshire Council they outline their reasons why they believe this is the case. If you would like to read the full Planning Statement you can download it HERE.

The developers believe: 

  • The development is not encroachment into the countryside
  • Our services and infrastructure have the capacity for this increased population
  • New residents do not need to rely on motor vehicles for work or services
  • Residents would have access to high quality public transport
  • The increase in motor vehicle movements would not be significant

There are many reasons to object to this proposal. You can read some of the common points made HERE.

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