A mayor has appealed to a housing developer to reveal its plans for planting new trees in a town.
Shefford mayor Paul Mackin wants Bovis Homes to outline its proposals for the planting as part of its new housing development on land east of Ivel Road.
The firm will be building 85 new homes on the land after Central Beds Council’s development management committee recommended its planning application for approval at a meeting in June.
At the meeting Mr Mackin queried claims by the company that it had already planted new trees in the town.
Speaking last week he said: “I’m certainly not accusing Bovis of not telling the truth or anything like that but it wasn’t made clear at the meeting where these trees are or when they were planted.
“Although I opposed the development I understand Central Beds Council does have a need for new housing to be built in the area. But I would like the company to make clear what it will be doing and how it will be benefiting the town of Shefford and its people.”
A spokesman for Bovis Homes said: “At this stage the specific details of the section 106 are still being finalised.
“Once this process has been completed we will be able to outline the details of any planting scheme contained within it.”
Councillor Nigel Young, executive member for sustainable communities (strategic planning and economic development) at Central Beds said: “Following the consideration of the Bridge Farm application we have negotiated with the applicant to secure an additional £50,000 contribution towards green infrastructure.
“This additional money takes into account the planting the applicant has already undertaken on its land in Shefford.”
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