A Chronicle Country hamlet could soon have four businesses selling cars located just a short distance apart.
Two new car lots selling vehicles advertised on the internet could open in Deadman’s Cross after an application was backed by Central Beds Council’s development management committee on Wednesday (September 11).
The lots – each with a small office located in portable buildings – will stand opposite a garage and another business selling cars across the road on the A600.
They will stand next to Lombardi’s Pizza takeaway, located at the site of the former Red Lion pub.
Haynes ward Councillor Angela Barker referred the application from Mr Singh to the committee due to objections over overdevelopment, road safety and the impact on the countryside.
Mrs Barker was dismayed that the application was approved.
Speaking on Wednesday, she said: “This is a very sad day for Deadman’s Cross.
“We already have two businesses in the hamlet selling cars and now we will have four, with two opposite the other two.
“We already have a serious problem with speeding on the A600 and this will only make it worse.” The businesses would be likely to attract buyers who could easily be involved in an accident while walking between the lots, Mrs Barker said.
She added: “It is not difficult to imagine people looking at cars on one side of the road and then crossing to see the others, increasing the chances of an accident happening.”
But Councillor Nigel Young, executive member for sustainable communities at Central Beds Council said: “The committee considered all the planning considerations to do with the development, including the objections received.
“However, after careful deliberation it was felt that the development would not have an adverse impact on the open countryside, on the amenities of nearby dwellings, or result in harm to highway safety and as such, was granted planning permission.”
Mrs Barker will now be working with Haynes Parish Council to campaign for a new 30mph limit for the road.