Fears have arisen over a new access road that residents believe could easily cause accidents.
Richard and Merline Burton, of Shefford Road, Clifton, are concerned about the application for the new driveway that could accompany three new houses.
Access road Godfrey’s Lane already serves the properties that lie behind the Burtons’ property.
The application from their neighbour James Peacock includes proposals to build a new driveway very close by and the Burtons are concerned about the resultant increase in traffic and the proposed proximity of the two access roads.
Richard, 52, said: “We have no objection to the houses being built but we have grave concerns about the possible new driveway. If you have vehicles coming and going all the time from the road there could easily be an accident.
“I have also had the application looked at and it is clear that the nine metres of spacing proposed between the centre lines of the access roads is very far short of the 25m spacing that is normally given as a guideline.”
Richard is also disappointed that Central Beds Council has looked to approve the application through designated powers rather than taking it to committee.
He added: “We have opposed the application along with some of our other neighbours and Clifton Parish Council has objected too.
“The usual recommendation is that a contentious application like this should go to committee but I have been in regular contact with the council and it seems likely that they are just going to approve it through designated powers.”
Councillor Nigel Young, executive member for sustainable communities,strategic planning and economic development at Central Beds Council, said: “We are still in the process of considering this application and all relevant planning issues will be assessed very carefully.
“This will include a close examination of the objections received.”
He added: “None of the ward councillors have referred the application to the development management committee.
“Mr and Mrs Burton have contacted Councillor Shadbolt, who as chairman of the development management committee has not requested determination by the committee.
As such, the proposal will be decided under delegated powers in accordance with the council’s constitution.”
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