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Kingswood Nursery, Dunstable Road, Tilsworth, LU7 9PU Planning application CB/18/00017/FULL 

Planning application for 5 static and 5 touring caravans with hard standing, and infrastructure. (Part Retrospective)

Following the Tilsworth Parish Council meeting held on Tuesday 16th January 2018, residents in attendance requested a copy of the objection to planning application CB/18/00017/FULL  to be made publically available. Below is the objection sent from Tilsworth parish council to Central Bedfordshire Council planning department by email Planning.Online@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk, planning officer Peter Vosper peter.vosper@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk and Ward Councillor Mark Versallion mark.versallion@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk

Tilsworth Parish Council OBJECT to the application on the grounds the proposal is contrary to Green Belt policy as set out in the National Planning Policy Framework. Planning Policy for Traveller Sites states in policy E that traveller sites (temporary or permanent) in the Green Belt are inappropriate development. No Very Special Circumstances have been demonstrated to overcome the harm to the essential characteristics of Green Belts being their openness and their permanence or the visual harm to the character of the Green Belt which would result from the proposed additional development.

Previous application 12/01274/FULL for 1 gypsy pitch and dayroom was refused by CBC. It was approved on appeal in December 2014 with conditions. The stationing of additional caravans and vehicles would reduce the openness of the Green Belt and represent further encroachment in the countryside, and have a detrimental impact on the character and appearance of the area, therefore the proposal is considered to be inappropriate additional development in the Green Belt for which there is no justification and is thus contrary to the National Planning Policy Framework and Planning Policy for Traveller Sites.

NPPF states in section 14, when assessing the suitability of sites in rural or semi-rural settings, local planning authorities should ensure that the scale of such sites does not dominate the nearest settled community. We believe further expansion of this site would contravene this policy.

Creation of further hard standing will add to the problems of flooding already existing in the area.  This added to the foul smelling drainage ditches, believed to be from sewerage, will exacerbate the problem with foul smells. We believe this to be a health and safety issue without proper utilities and sanitation.  NPPF states in section 4 K. for local planning authorities to have due regard to the protection of local amenity and local environment and in policy B 10 d) relate the number of pitches or plots to the circumstances of the specific size and location of the site and the surrounding population’s size and density e) protect local amenity and environment. 

The previous application for 1 gypsy pitch was permitted with conditions. These conditions have been disregarded many times and despite many enforcement notices and visits, there has been little compliance. If additional pitches were approved, we feel this would lead to further planning enforcement issues. Condition 4. stipulates ‘The occupation of the site hereby permitted shall be carried on only by the following persons: Anthony Fitzharris Senior and Tina Fitzharris and their resident dependants, Anthony Fitzharris Junior’ and 6. ‘No more than two caravans…shall be stationed on the site at any time.’ These conditions have already been broken with additional caravans and other persons already occupying them and we are very concerned that the 5 touring pitches will quickly become static and sublet to other G&T families, thus creating a commercial business and permanent site within the Green Belt. The site was also being prepared for a long time and there seemed to be no urgency or need for immediate occupancy previously.

There were 17 members of the public in attendance at the parish council meeting held on 16th January. All members present objected to the application and will make their own representations to CBC planning. They feel there has been inadequate consultation from CBC. Neighbouring properties and land owners, including Tilsworth Golf Club, have not been consulted with. Residents and the parish councillors feel the current site is not monitored adequately, there has been an increase in fly tipping in the area, and there has been a lack of enforcement from CBC enforcement officers. There is also a concern there is a conflict of interest with Planning Enforcement Officer Mike Bailey giving the applicant Pre-application Advice.

The Law should apply equally to everybody. The CBC Local Plan needs to identify G&T pitches and locations to retain control over where development should be located, rather than the current proposed ad hoc way of ‘they will be delivered through planning applications' which will result in speculative development.

DRAFT LOCAL PLAN

The Local Plan sets out how Central Bedfordshire will develop over the next 20 years. It outlines the strategy for ensuring the growth that we need is delivered in the right place, and is of the right character and quality. It also ensures that growth is delivered with the supporting roads, schools and services such as health, as well as retail, leisure and community facilities

Central Bedfordshire Council consultation on the Local Plan is open between 11th January and 22nd February 2018. Please visit their website to find out more information and comment.

http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/planning/policy/local-plan/overview.aspx

LOCAL GOVERNANCE REVIEW

Have your say on how your local community is represented. Residents in Central Bedfordshire are being given the opportunity to have a say on how local communities are represented by parish or town councils. As part of its first ever Local Governance Review, the Central Bedfordshire Council is asking the public what changes, if any, they would like to see to the 78 parish areas within Central Bedfordshire.    

The consultation runs from 1 November 2017 until 1 February 2018 and is available at www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/consultations

Councillor Vacancy

We are looking to Co-opt a Councillor for Tilsworth Parish Council. Please contact the Clerk for further information.

Would You Like To Volunteer For Street Watch?

Bedfordshire Police is keen to hear from residents concerned about anti-social behaviour and crime in their area and would like to join forces to tackle these issues. Street Watch enables residents to promote good citizenship by patrolling their own streets. Members liaise with the force to encourage positive information sharing and partnership working. Juliet Wright, the force’s Watch Scheme Development Coordinator, said: “Our Street Watch volunteers provide visible reassurance and appropriately engage in local issues that matter most to their communities. They commit two hours every month to patrol in small groups, providing that vital link between their communities and the force. “We are looking for volunteers who either want to join a scheme that’s already set up in their area, or anyone who would like to start one.” Bedfordshire has Street Watch schemes in: Ampthill, Barton-Le-Clay, Biggleswade, Caddington, Clifton, Marston Moretaine, Harlington, Houghton Regis, Maulden, Shefford and Wootton, but schemes can be set up in any area. Volunteers are vetted at the same level as police volunteers, and Bedfordshire Police will provide training for any new members or groups. To find out more about becoming a volunteer, please email Juliet.Wright@Bedfordshire.pnn.Police.uk More information is also available at: www.street-watch.org  

 

 

DOG FOULING

It is an offence to allow a dog, which you a responsible for, to foul and not clear it up immediately when in a public place such as:

 

  • footways and paths, including public footpaths, and footpaths across fields
  • play areas, picnic sites and outdoor eating places
  • sports playing pitches
  • formal parks and land where the grass is cut
  • land outside schools and hospitals
  • car parks, public transport bays and surrounds
  • cycle ways and surfaced areas near to houses
  • shopping areas, markets and public circulation areas
  • cemeteries and war memorials
  • land surrounding toilets, recycling sites and public buildings

 

The penalty for committing an offence contained in a Dog Control Order is a maximum fine of £1,000. Alternatively, the opportunity to pay a Fixed Penalty Notice of £80 may be offered in place of prosecution. This can be reduced to £50 if paid within 14 days.

 

For more information contact the Anti-Social Behaviour Team on 0300 300 5686, email community.safety@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk or by post:
Central Bedfordshire Council Watling House High Street North Dunstable Bedfordshire LU6 1LF

 

Consultation - Bus services in Central Bedfordshire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Have your say on changes to bus services in Central Bedfordshire

We currently subsidise or partially fund 53% of bus routes in Central Bedfordshire while also covering the cost of 43,000 bus pass holders every time they use their bus pass.

At a time where our funding has been reduced this is seen as being neither sustainable or a fair way to use council tax payers money.

That is why we are looking at developing a fair and transparent process to make decisions about whether or not to fund bus routes that do not have enough passengers to make them financially viable.

Decisions on levels of services provided will take account of commercial bus operations, actual bus usage and alternative provisions. 

We are already seeing community transport solutions stepping in to provide services and we want to encourage more of this so we are proposing to facilitate a new process where community bus providers can compete to provide travel, should demand be high enough.

As well as this the we're looking to make changes to concessionary fares such as changing the times when people can use their bus passes in line with  English National concessionary Travel Scheme.

All the changes are set out in detail in the new draft Passenger Transport Strategy.

 

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Housing Strategy

The council is consulting on its Housing Strategy for 2016 – 2021, which sets out our vision and plans for housing and working in partnership to deliver more for our residents and communities.

It identifies the issues we face as a council around ensuring the delivery of new homes and the challenges for housing services over the next five years in the context of a growing population, new government policies, a fast changing local housing market and a challenging economic climate.


Have your say

You can have your say on the Strategy by completing the questionnaire on our website. You can also find more information about the Strategy online, as well as instructions on how to complete and return a paper copy. 

Please respond by Friday, 20 May 2016.

 

Stanbridge and Tilsworth Community Hall celebrated Her Majesty The Queen's 90th Birthday by being part of the National Beacon Lighting that took place on Thursday 21st April

 

  

 

Queens 90th - beacon lighting

 

 

Survey 2016

Tilsworth Parish Council and Stanbridge and Tilsworth Community Hall Association have worked together to produce a survey delivered to all Tilsworth properties in February.Your views and opinions are really important and we really appreciate all that completed it. We are committed to improving village life for all and your continued support will help us to achieve that goal.

Bedfordshire Police is continuing its crackdown on off-road bikers 

The latest Operation Meteor initiative is designed to allow residents in anti-social behaviour hotspot areas to submit in-depth descriptions of the activity and culprits they witness, as well as any photographs and video they may have of off-road biking in progress.

Chief Inspector Sean Quinn, who will help lead the Meteor project, said: “Off-road biking presents a significant challenge for police and has done for some time – what we really want the public to know is that we have already been exercising the powers available to us and are constantly looking for ways to improve our response to this troublesome and dangerous behaviour.

“We recognise that Bedfordshire residents are frustrated and frightened by this issue and that’s exactly why we are investing in a new approach.

“Unfortunately we are not able to resource immediate attendance at each and every call made to us about off-road biking, but always allocate each call according to the level of threat, harm and risk posed at the time.

"This new email address will be an interactive way of providing us with vital intelligence and we appreciate the public’s support in helping us to stop this activity at the source by tracking and dealing with those responsible.”

The email address is not an instant reporting tool, and will not be monitored 24/7. Residents must still call 101 to speak directly to police to report crimes, and 999 in a genuine emergency.

The initiative is also being supported by Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Olly Martins, who said: “From talking to residents across the county, I understand the frustration felt towards off-road bikers. I am committed to tackling this issue, and I fully support Chief Inspector Quinn and the Op Meteor team with this new initiative.”

Chief Inspector Quinn added: “I would like to stress that while we are thankful for the public’s support and would appeal for as much information as possible, we never encourage or condone vigilantism and would urge people not to put themselves at risk or take matters into their own hands.

“We are excited about working more closely with residents as well as our partners and the wider community to further crack down on off-road bikers and make the streets safer and quieter for everyone.”

Residents can email
opmeteorinbox@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk with information
 

Bedfordshire Police is on the hunt for more Speedwatch volunteers.

Community Speedwatch allows members of the public to get actively involved in monitoring the speed of vehicles travelling through their neighbourhoods.

It is used in areas where residents have identified speeding as a priority and aims to educate motorists about the dangers of speeding, rather than enforcing as a first option.

Last year the police’s Speedwatch volunteers sent out 7,613 letters for speeding in the county.

Chief Inspector for Community Safety Neill Waring hopes more volunteers will come forward across the county.

He said: "The mere presence of a team of volunteers in a village has an immediate effect on the behaviour of drivers and our teams report a notable change in driver attitude to speed limits where they operate.

"Most drivers will understand the objectives of the scheme is to slow drivers to or below the posted speed limit and for those that don't respond accordingly, the registered owner of any vehicle seen exceeding the speed limit is sent an advisory letter by the police, explaining that speeding is unacceptable to the local community.

"Any driver who accumulates more than two warnings will have a personal visit by a police officer asking them to respect the quality of life for the communities they drive through.

"These visits send a clear message to those that think it is OK to speed."

Anyone can participate, volunteers must be 18 or over and full training will be given.

To find out more about becoming a volunteer, email
speedwatch@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk