Deadline extended to object to major housing plan

The deadline for objections to a plan for nearly 400 houses on the other side of the Leighton Buzzard Road has been extended until January 22nd.

Residents Association secretary Michael Nidd, who is encouraging residents to oppose the plan, says it would be in breach of Green Belt policy.

‘It’s currently grazing land, and would, if granted, further encircle Piccotts End,’ said Mr Nidd. ‘It’s a stinker.’

With access via a new roundabout opposite Riverbank off the Leighton Buzzard road, he believes the plan would result in more congestion, pollution and a loss of amenity.

Residents can object via Dacorum’s planning portal or by email to planning@dacorum.gov.uk quoting the application number 21/04508/MOA. The deadline has been extended from January 3rd to the 22nd.

Michael suggests that the points residents might care to make include:

  • A prime example of the  ‘ribbon development’ which the Green Belt designation is intended to prevent
  • Immediate proximity to the historic archaeological site of a roman villa
  • Adverse effect of an additional roundabout on the busy Leighton Buzzard Road
  • Adverse effect on ‘rat-running’ traffic through Piccotts End as drivers try to avoid the inevitable congestion
  • The visual intrusion of a new-build estate in the Gade Valley