Friday, 21 March 2014
CENTRAL BEDFORDSHIRE LIBERAL DEMOCRATS
PRESS RELEASE 22 March 2014
Central Bedfordshire Council have come up with a new Design Guide, following public consultation last year. The guide aims to direct developers towards coming up with plans that are more acceptable to modern expectations.
Improved room sizes, more storage, bigger gardens, practical bin storage, and better planned parking are just some of the elements that should be considered if developers are serious about building in our area, according to Central Bedfordshire Councillors.
The guide, which has been amended after feedback from residents during a consultation last year, was considered by a CBC committee this week.
Liberal Democrat Councillor, David Jones, Houghton Hall, said, "I welcome this revised design guide. It has been amended following public consultation to reflect current best practice and to incorporate what people want. Parking standards have been revised on a more logical basis. "
Cllr Jones added, " I am most pleased about the modifications to the spatial standards of homes. With 7,000 new homes due to be built to the north and the east of the Town in the coming years, this guide should prevent the "cramming" which we have seen on some developments in the recent past and ensure good quality accommodation and environment for our new residents."
Sustainable Communities member, Cllr Peter Williams, Tithe Farm, Houghton Regis added, "The guide is good. It sets out how we would like developers to proceed, to improve the living standards of new residents. We've set out guidelines for things like provision of space for wheelie bins, and indicated that garages should be bigger than we have had on the older estates, so that people actually use them to put vehicles in. "
Cllr Williams added, "One of my biggest concerns is that the Design Guide will only be advisory. But there are signs that some developers will definitely be on board with the intentions behind it. What I don't want to have happen around Houghton Regis is badly planned housing estates where the roads are so narrow that vehicles are forced to park on footpaths, or that people find themselves crammed into too small a space."
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