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PLANNING APPLICATION

A planning application has been received for a 49.5 Mw battery power storage unit to be installed at Chaple Farm. The planning department have for reasons known only to them selves chosen not to inform those living in the neighbouring properties. If you have any queries please contact Central Bedfordshire Planning Department. The planning reference is CB/18/01795/FULL.

ENVIRONMENT AGENCY

Brief details of the scheme can be found by access the links below. 

Flood Scheme Details

We have been told that this scheme will be delayed until 2019.

 

HOUGHTON REGIS NORTH 1 (HRN1)

Whilst we think of Chalton as basically the village and nearby houses on the Sundon Road the parish boundary extends and is contiguous with both Luton and Houghton Regis.  

This area is a considerable portion of Chalton Parish and it is about to be developed as part of what is known as HRN1. As can be seen on the various plans some 30/35% of HRN 1 will be built within Chalton Parish. This development would have been more appropriately named as the Houghton Regis / Chalton development.

As the development has been titled Houghton Regis North 1 Central Bedfordshire Council appear to have forgotten  about Chalton's involvement.

Chalton Parish Council were belatedly informed that the Environment Agency were going to build a flood relief scheme to protect Luton. This will use 12 hectares of land adjoining Kestral Avenue. We currently await a planning application for this project. 

As you will have seen on a recent news bulletin it was announced that Lidl are going to build a 1,000,000 square foot (100,000 sq.m) warehouse on a 58 acre (23 hectare) site near Houghton Regis. The area near Houghton Regis is in fact inChalton parish.

     

CHANGES TO THE BUS SERVICE

The Council have introduced a revised bus timetable which will run from the 18th December. The revised times can be found by clicking onto the link below.

74 Revised Bus Timetable

 

MOTORWAY EMBANKMENT PLANTING

Highways England have planted 60 Large- Leaved Lime trees (Tilia Platyphylios) along the motorway embankment and around the water retention pond. The trees we are some 2.3 to 3m high. Whilst it will take some time to create a complete screen we should hopefully see the benefits within a few years.

The embankment has been underplanted with a mixture woodland plants including hawthorn, hazel,viburnham, field maple, alder, black popular, hornbeam and english oak. Whilst this will also take some time to grow, it will eventually visually screen the motorway from the village. 

PEAK POWER GENERATION

Following a tremendous response from residents (48 objections) the application was withdrawn.  

DRAFT LOCAL PLAN 

The consultation period on the Central Bedfordshire Council draft local plan has now passed. The Parish Council's comments on those factors which we considered would affect the Parish can be found be accessing the link below.

Chalton PC Response to the CBC Local Plan 2018

 

CHALTON PARISH COUNCILLORS

We have a vacancy for one councillor, if you are interested in becoming a councillor please let us know.

If anybody is interested please contact Russell Currell or Keith Featherstone

 

MOTORWAY JUNCTION 11A / NORTH DUNSTABLE  BYPASS

As we are sure you will all be aware the new road is now being used as race track, and the noise of screaming engines invades our village at all hours. Many residents have called the police who as the noise continues seemingly have yet to take action. Please continue to report these disturbances to police who if they are bombarded with complaints might take action.

 

REPORTING PROBLEMS

The Highways department has gone through a restructure and as of April 1st Chalton is now part of what is referred to as Area 3.

  • faulty street lights
  • potholes
  • dead animals
  • damaged pavements
  • faulty traffic lights
  • draining or flooding problems
  • overgrown trees and hedges
  • obstructions in the road
  • grass cutting issues
  • road sign or other street furniture
  • damage to bus stops and bus shelters

The reporting portal is http://www.cb-report-it.co.uk/index.aspx

The Central Beds Council 24 hour emergency team can be contacted via the help desk at  0300 300 8049.

Having walked around the village I have noticed that there are several problems with non operational street lights, broken curbs, and blocked drains. A full list will be compiled and sent to Central Beds.

 

ANGLIAN WATER

Smells unfortunately emanate from the water treatment plant from time to time. If these prove to be persistent please let us know.   

FLY TIPPING

There have recently been several instances of fly tipping in the village, it appears that our parish has now been targeted by these unscrupulous people. They will only be stopped if they are caught and reported. Please, if you see a suspicious vehicle take it's registration, report the location of any tipped rubbish to Central Beds or the Parish Council. This will enable us to search for any evidence which will hopefully identify the tippers or original source of the rubbish. 

THE WILLOWS

The Willows dwelling and adjacent meadow were purchased by The North Hertfordshire Housing Association development company Rowan Homes almost three years ago.

When purchased there was an existing planning application for three large houses and an extension to The Willows. Rowan Homes initial plans were for a further 23 houses comprising a mixture of Association rental, retirement and private ownership to be constructed on the meadow which lies within the Green Belt.

No planning application has been submitted and the existing application for three houses which was about to time expire has recently been renewed. This gives Rowan Homes a further three years in which to commence construction. 

In January 2016 a Rowan Homes contractor felled two mature Poplar trees. These trees which sat astride the Chiltern Way footpath were a great asset to the local landscape, and provided valuable biodiversity. Their loss at the whim of a developer is wholly regrettable.

We found that one of the trees was protected by a preservation order. Central Bedfordshire Council  who we thought would issue an enforcement order have subsequently decided that it is not worth their effort to do so. Central Bedfordshire Council have seemingly ignored the drawings submitted by the developer which show that the trees were to be retained.

It is of considerable regret that The Willows, a grade two listed farmhouse and a significant part of the heritage of Chalton Village has been allowed to simply rot away.

 

HEAVY LORRIES

Central Bedfordshire, following the opening of Junction 11A and the North Dunstable Bypass, have in order to prevent heavy lorries using the connecting minor roads introduced a 7.5 ton weight restriction. This has involved the installation of approximately 400 new signs and the repositioning of some existing ones. Whilst this work is now complete drivers of heavy lorries regrettably ignore the signs and  continue to use the B579 through the village. We can only stop this if residents note the vehicle registration numbers and report the offenders to the Police. 

 

 

In the meantime if anybody has any news, information or comments that they would like to be included on the Parish web site please email me at kmfeatherstone@googlemail.com  or call me on 01525 874565