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MAJOR PLANNING APPLICATION 

Central Bedfordshire Council have following a number of "Informative Drop Ins" in which they set out their proposals for a new road linking the M1 motorway and A6 trunk road now submitted a formal planning application.

Details of the planning application can be found on the Central Bedfordshire Council website. Look up the planning portal and search for planning number CB/19/00887/FULL.

Whilst this road has many benefits its affect on the Sundon Road residents will in our opinion be considerable and detrimental. A plan of the road at Junction 11A can be found by accessing the following link.

M1 - A6 Link Road, Plan of Junction 11A 

We are currently studying the documents submitted with the application, your Parish Council will be submitting its comments in the next week or so. The Parish Council have asked for an extension to the time limit for objections to be submitted and the date has been extended to the 15th May.

You can submit your comments / objections directly to Central Bedfordshire Council. Alternatively if you wish to have an informal discussion please contact Keith Featherstone at kmfeatherstone@googlemail.com or 01525874565. If a sufficient number of residents are interested we can hold a meeting in the village hall.

 

CHANGES TO THE PARISH COUNCIL

Russell Currell, our Chair for 19 years surprised us all at the March Parish Council meeting by indicating that he will not be standing for re election in May. Ed Grygiel who has also been a councilor for 19 years has also decided not to stand for re-election.Russell and Ed have both said that they will continue to support the Parish Council and with our thanks for their past support we wish them well in the future.

Chalton Parish Council, following the departure of two experienced and valuable councillors and with a previous unfilled vacancy now urgently requires 3 new Parish Councillors.

We have spoken to many residents and have asked them to speak to their friends. Unfortunately to date no one has come forward.

 Chalton requires a strong Parish Council able to stand up and speak for the residents. There have been seven planning applications for large power generation and battery storage facilities seeking to connect to the Sundon substation. A considerable portion of the Houghton Regis North development lies in Chalton Parish. The proposed 100,000m2 warehouse lies in Chalton Parish.

Chalton Parish Council need you, if you have an interest and wish to work to protect our village and the surrounding area from the wider excesses of the developers.

If you are interested and would like to talk about what is required please call the vice chair Keith Featherstone on 01525 874565.  

 

VACANCY FOR PARISH CLERK

Ray Foster, our Parish Clerk of many years has indicated that he also wishes to resign. We are currently advertising for his replacement. If you are interested in this very interesting paid part time job and wish to know more please click onto the following link which gives all the details.

Parish Clerk Vacancy

SUNDON SUBSTATION

The Sundon Substation is currently and will be in the future under going significant change. The current project to provide a new power link to the nearby railway line is well underway. Engineers will in order to meet the projected June completion date be working Monday to Sunday 7am to 7pm. We have advised that all the contractors staff should drive considerately.

The planning application for a 50MW gas fuelled power station has been granted, it is not known when work will begin. We await the Council's decision on the application for a 50MW battery storage unit.  If granted there will be considerable increase in traffis for some time.      

HEAVY LORRIES

Chalton Village now lies within an area where lorries over 7.5 tons in weight are banned. Central Bedfordshire Council have in the past months installed many new signs and repositioned others and to raise awareness of the weight limits they have been working with local companies, sat nav providers etc.

Central Bedfordshire Council have also been working with the police to stop HGV drivers and, where applicable, gave verbal warnings or prosecuted them for contravening the weight restrictions.

As they cannot watch all the roads all the time and as a number of lorries continue to use the weight limited roads they have introduced a reporting scheme.

If you can, please report as much of the following information to hgv@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk:

  • name of company
  • registration number
  • date and time
  • location

You can check to see the weight limit zones on the Central Bedfordshire Council  weight limits page.

 PLANNING APPLICATIONS

Your Parish is beset with planning applications from companies seeking to connect large battery storage and power generation facilities to the Sundon substation. The Parish Council spoke against the planned Harmony energy 50MW battery storage at Chapel Farm. Our objections were completely ignored and the planning committee voted 11 to 1 in favour of the scheme.

The Parish Council learned at the meeting that Toddington Parish Council had received a planning application for a 7.5MW power station to be installed on land to the West of the B579 and to the South of the Fancott. The land for this application whilst in Toddington parish is directly on the border with Chalton Parish. Two previous applications for similar power stations at the side of the B579 were withdrawn when the applicants learned of the Planning Officers intended refusal. Chalton Parish Council have written to the Planning Office outlining the many objections to this application. If granted it will extend the Sundon substation directly into the Green Belt. Ultimately Chalton will be a village not only surrounded but within the substation. There is still time to object.     

ENVIRONMENT AGENCY FLOOD RELIEF SCHEME

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 three councillors, if you are interested in becoming a councillor please let us know.

If anybody is interested please contact Ron Bean, Martin Borgars, Keith Featherstone or Steve Grayson

 

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