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Town set to expand by another 300 homes if application is approved

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Another 300 homes could be built in Biggleswade if plans submitted this week are given the go ahead.

Developers Bellway Homes Ltd and Bloor Homes have put in plans for the erection of 301 dwellings including access from Potton Road, parking and open space provision to Central Beds Council.

The plans highlight a number of ‘opportunities for sustainable residential development’, including improved access to the countryside and linkage to footpaths, bridleways and cycle paths beyond the site as part of a landscaping scheme.

And it stresses positive integration with the existing community.

The plans include provision for 25 one-bedroom flats, two one-bedroom bungalows, 32 two-bedroom flats, 5 two-bedroom houses, two two-bedroom bungalows, 75 three-bedroom houses, 136 four-bedroom houses and six five-bedroom houses. It also includes a total of 10.8 hectares of public open space.

These include ‘The Crescent, a central green space with a play area inspired by Victorian town parks, two further open areas with play areas and a small green square that would form part of the main ‘avenue’ route through the site.

The scheme would see four distinct areas, each with its own character: Potton Road, The Avenue, The Crescent and The Rural Edge and Lane.

The site would include 35 per cent affordable housing.

Developers say the layout of the new development encourages low vehicle speeds and includes cycle parking facilities. There are also plans to upgrade the footpath on Potton Road as part of the development, as well as continuing it into the site.

New pedestrian crossings will be provided on Potton Road between the side and Edward Peake Middle School, Kings Reach local centre and the southbound bus stops.

The bus stops on Potton Road opposite the site and Biggleswade Hospital will be upgraded and bus service 80 would be expanded to serve Potton Road.

The proposal adds: “A travel plan will be implemented as part of the development with measures that will encourage a model shift from the use of private car to walking, cycling and public transport.”

To see the plans in full visit www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/portal/searchresult.
asp?appnumber=CB/14/
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