140 homes planned for housing estate

Planning round-up
Planning round-up

Another Chronicle Country town could be expanded with more houses.

Plans for 140 new homes in Shefford have been submitted to Central Beds Council by Catesby Estates.

The site, which is currently grassland, is located off Campton Road, next to Robert Bloomfield Academy. It is split into two parcels of land on either side of the school.

Of the 140 homes, 49 would be affordable.

The application says: “Overall the site is well located for all local amenities including education, retail, employment and leisure.

“As both Shefford Lower School and Robert Bloomfield are located directly adjacent to the site, these can easily be accessed on both foot or cycle with relative ease.

“The proposed residential development forms a natural and logical infill to the settlement enabling a sustainable growth to the town,” it adds.

Cars will enter the housing estate from Ampthill Road at its junction with Campton Road. There would be a T-junction and traffic calming along Ampthill Road.

The four bedroom properties would have three parking spaces while the three bedroom properties would be given two spaces.

The application states: “The development proposals have been designed to define a character benefitting the residential site, with parking solutions having a positive impact on the street whilst meeting car owners’ desire to park near their properties.

“On street parking has been designed into the street to remove the need for informal parking. Where this is not provided streets shall be designed to 5.5m in width to accommodate informal parking.”

The new properties would be of one (bungalows), two and two, and a half storeys in height.

There would be 34 two bedroom properties, 77 three bedroom properties, 23 four bedroom properties and six five bedroom properties.

Section 106 money would be given to the town and some land would be transferred to Robert Bloomfield Academy for the school to use for football pitches.

To view the planning application and to submit comments go to http://bit.ly/1l8xmb5 before Friday, June 27.