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“Planning for the Future” – Is the Mayor already in discussions about New Town development?

A few weeks ago in March 2020, Robert Jenrick MP, the Housing Minister, launched a document called “Planning for the Future”    In this document the future plans for the Ox – Cam Arc are outlined – Para 10, 6th Bullet point on page 6 says: “Backing the Oxford-Cambridge Arc, including a new spatial framework …

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Bedford Borough Council admit to massive oversupply of new homes

Following demands from CPRE Bedfordshire at the Public Examination of their Local Plan currently underway in Bedford, BBC have released the latest update of their Forward Housing Trajectory for the full Local Plan period to 2030. This shows, as CPRE Bedfordshire has long predicted, that BBC has a massive surplus (or contingency) of over 1,000 …

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The ‘Central Growth Board’ – a new challenge to local democracy?

The Government and Local Authorities have acted together to create yet another QUANGO – “The Central Growth Board”. It will enable them to push through massive developments along the Oxford – Milton Keynes – Bedford – Cambridge Corridor without the consent of local people, crushing local democracy. The Mayor of Bedford, Dave Hodgson and the …

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