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Building Development East of Luton

Update  March 2017

Last year and into October we were all objecting to the NHDC Local Plan’s provision to build 2106 houses upon the land East of Luton (between Cockernhoe and the County View/ Wigmore border).

Everyone sent Objection Letters to NHDC (North Herts District Council) against its Local Plan.

So what is happening now with regards to all of this and what happens next?

We are waiting for the all-important Examination. We should all be working together now in advance, preparing a strong case against them. Contact me separately if you will help with this. Even if it’s just to read around the studies on their website and help build strong arguments. Or if you want to attend the Examination Hearings – or else send the Examiner something in writing - then definitely contact me urgently. I intend to tidy up this 400 person mailing list and do it from another email. Apologies for any double sends. Time is short. This is done unpaid and in goodwill, so forgive imperfections.

 

In anticipation of this upcoming Examination - I contacted Nigel Smith Principal Strategic Planning Officer at NHDC this week and received the following answers to my questions:

 

Q1: Where can the public go to view all of the representations/ responses received by NHDC, in response to its Local Plan Public Consultation?

Nigel: “The representations will be published online when we have finished processing all of the comments received. We currently expect this will be at the end of March.”

 

Q2: What stage is NHDC at with them– halfway/ quarter/ nearly finished…?

Nigel: “We are currently processing the last of the responses we received to the consultation. The meeting of Full Council on 11 April will consider whether to submit the Local Plan and all the consultation responses to the Government for examination.

 

Q3: Can the public view the representations before they are all uploaded online? If so how - what is the alternative?

 

Q4: Will they all have to be uploaded in their entirety before we can view them? Or will they become accessible as the uploading continues?

 

Nigel: “The papers for this meeting will be published on 31 March. The responses to the consultation will be made public ‘in one go’ through the Council’s website at this time.”

 

 

Q5: Is there a required length of time between uploading all of the representations, and the public notification of the appointed Examiner?

Nigel: “No. The Planning Inspectorate will advise of the appointed Inspector once we physically submit the plan to them.”

 

 Q6: Also who is the Inspector and what is the schedule for the Examination?

Nigel: “An Inspector will not be appointed until the plan is submitted for examination – which will need to be approved at a meeting of Full Council. The appointed Inspector will then determine the timetable for the examination.”

 

Q7: ASDA has burned down in Wigmore and therefore obviously no transportation studies and air particulate studies can be done until the store is back open again – will this delay the Local Plan? 

Nigel: “No.”

 

And as if on cue, Luton Council puts its traffic counting equipment out along Wigmore Lane this week. You can see it. But WHY would they choose to do it in this unusually and irregularly quiet time during ASDA hypermarket’s temporary closure?

This is very strange in my opinion, since my Freedom of Information request revealed that LBC hasn’t ever done any transportation studies in Crawley Road or Wigmore Lane areas… Now suddenly after doing nothing for years and years, during this window of quietude they are amazingly doing a traffic count?

 

It seems unlikely that it would be to compare the effect of ASDA’s absence… ASDA attracted many thousands of vehicles from all over Luton and also from neighbouring Hertfordshire. So what could be the use of taking sample of such artificially low traffic data at this specific time? It could never be used in support of any pending development applications, as it is producing seriously skewed data. So why this? I hope our Local Councillors can get to the bottom of it.

There is going to be a separate Facebook page to aid with information flow regarding the Century Park application and objections.

 

They are both related to some degree, with regards to traffic, pollution and loss of greenspace.

 

 

Building Development East of Luton

 

Update  March 2017

 

Last year and into October we were all objecting to the NHDC Local Plan’s provision to build 2106 houses upon the land East of Luton (between Cockernhoe and the County View/ Wigmore border).

 

Everyone sent Objection Letters to NHDC (North Herts District Council) against its Local Plan.

 

So what is happening now with regards to all of this and what happens next?

 

We are waiting for the all-important Examination. We should all be working together now in advance, preparing a strong case against them. Contact me separately if you will help with this. Even if it’s just to read around the studies on their website and help build strong arguments. Or if you want to attend the Examination Hearings – or else send the Examiner something in writing - then definitely contact me urgently. I intend to tidy up this 400 person mailing list and do it from another email. Apologies for any double sends. Time is short. This is done unpaid and in goodwill, so forgive imperfections.

 

 

 

In anticipation of this upcoming Examination - I contacted Nigel Smith Principal Strategic Planning Officer at NHDC this week and received the following answers to my questions:

 

 

 

Q1: Where can the public go to view all of the representations/ responses received by NHDC, in response to its Local Plan Public Consultation?

 

Nigel: “The representations will be published online when we have finished processing all of the comments received. We currently expect this will be at the end of March.”

 

 

 

Q2: What stage is NHDC at with them– halfway/ quarter/ nearly finished…?

 

Nigel: “We are currently processing the last of the responses we received to the consultation. The meeting of Full Council on 11 April will consider whether to submit the Local Plan and all the consultation responses to the Government for examination.

 

 

 

Q3: Can the public view the representations before they are all uploaded online? If so how - what is the alternative?

 

 

 

Q4: Will they all have to be uploaded in their entirety before we can view them? Or will they become accessible as the uploading continues?

 

 

 

Nigel: “The papers for this meeting will be published on 31 March. The responses to the consultation will be made public ‘in one go’ through the Council’s website at this time.”

 

 

 

 

 

Q5: Is there a required length of time between uploading all of the representations, and the public notification of the appointed Examiner?

 

Nigel: “No. The Planning Inspectorate will advise of the appointed Inspector once we physically submit the plan to them.”

 

 

 

 Q6: Also who is the Inspector and what is the schedule for the Examination?

 

Nigel: “An Inspector will not be appointed until the plan is submitted for examination – which will need to be approved at a meeting of Full Council. The appointed Inspector will then determine the timetable for the examination.”

 

 

 

Q7: ASDA has burned down in Wigmore and therefore obviously no transportation studies and air particulate studies can be done until the store is back open again – will this delay the Local Plan? 

 

Nigel: “No.”

 

 

 

And as if on cue, Luton Council puts its traffic counting equipment out along Wigmore Lane this week. You can see it. But WHY would they choose to do it in this unusually and irregularly quiet time during ASDA hypermarket’s temporary closure?

 

This is very strange in my opinion, since my Freedom of Information request revealed that LBC hasn’t ever done any transportation studies in Crawley Road or Wigmore Lane areas… Now suddenly after doing nothing for years and years, during this window of quietude they are amazingly doing a traffic count?

 

 

 

It seems unlikely that it would be to compare the effect of ASDA’s absence… ASDA attracted many thousands of vehicles from all over Luton and also from neighbouring Hertfordshire. So what could be the use of taking sample of such artificially low traffic data at this specific time? It could never be used in support of any pending development applications, as it is producing seriously skewed data. So why this? I hope our Local Councillors can get to the bottom of it.

 

There is going to be a separate Facebook page to aid with information flow regarding the Century Park application and objections.

 

 

 

They are both related to some degree, with regards to traffic, pollution and loss of greenspace.

 

 

 

 

Building Development East of Luton

 

Update  March 2017

 

Last year and into October we were all objecting to the NHDC Local Plan’s provision to build 2106 houses upon the land East of Luton (between Cockernhoe and the County View/ Wigmore border).

 

Everyone sent Objection Letters to NHDC (North Herts District Council) against its Local Plan.

 

So what is happening now with regards to all of this and what happens next?

 

We are waiting for the all-important Examination. We should all be working together now in advance, preparing a strong case against them. Contact me separately if you will help with this. Even if it’s just to read around the studies on their website and help build strong arguments. Or if you want to attend the Examination Hearings – or else send the Examiner something in writing - then definitely contact me urgently. I intend to tidy up this 400 person mailing list and do it from another email. Apologies for any double sends. Time is short. This is done unpaid and in goodwill, so forgive imperfections.

 

 

 

In anticipation of this upcoming Examination - I contacted Nigel Smith Principal Strategic Planning Officer at NHDC this week and received the following answers to my questions:

 

 

 

Q1: Where can the public go to view all of the representations/ responses received by NHDC, in response to its Local Plan Public Consultation?

 

Nigel: “The representations will be published online when we have finished processing all of the comments received. We currently expect this will be at the end of March.”

 

 

 

Q2: What stage is NHDC at with them– halfway/ quarter/ nearly finished…?

 

Nigel: “We are currently processing the last of the responses we received to the consultation. The meeting of Full Council on 11 April will consider whether to submit the Local Plan and all the consultation responses to the Government for examination.

 

 

 

Q3: Can the public view the representations before they are all uploaded online? If so how - what is the alternative?

 

 

 

Q4: Will they all have to be uploaded in their entirety before we can view them? Or will they become accessible as the uploading continues?

 

 

 

Nigel: “The papers for this meeting will be published on 31 March. The responses to the consultation will be made public ‘in one go’ through the Council’s website at this time.”

 

 

 

 

 

Q5: Is there a required length of time between uploading all of the representations, and the public notification of the appointed Examiner?

 

Nigel: “No. The Planning Inspectorate will advise of the appointed Inspector once we physically submit the plan to them.”

 

 

 

 Q6: Also who is the Inspector and what is the schedule for the Examination?

 

Nigel: “An Inspector will not be appointed until the plan is submitted for examination – which will need to be approved at a meeting of Full Council. The appointed Inspector will then determine the timetable for the examination.”

 

 

 

Q7: ASDA has burned down in Wigmore and therefore obviously no transportation studies and air particulate studies can be done until the store is back open again – will this delay the Local Plan? 

 

Nigel: “No.”

 

 

 

And as if on cue, Luton Council puts its traffic counting equipment out along Wigmore Lane this week. You can see it. But WHY would they choose to do it in this unusually and irregularly quiet time during ASDA hypermarket’s temporary closure?

 

This is very strange in my opinion, since my Freedom of Information request revealed that LBC hasn’t ever done any transportation studies in Crawley Road or Wigmore Lane areas… Now suddenly after doing nothing for years and years, during this window of quietude they are amazingly doing a traffic count?

 

 

 

It seems unlikely that it would be to compare the effect of ASDA’s absence… ASDA attracted many thousands of vehicles from all over Luton and also from neighbouring Hertfordshire. So what could be the use of taking sample of such artificially low traffic data at this specific time? It could never be used in support of any pending development applications, as it is producing seriously skewed data. So why this? I hope our Local Councillors can get to the bottom of it.

 

There is going to be a separate Facebook page to aid with information flow regarding the Century Park application and objections.

 

 

 

They are both related to some degree, with regards to traffic, pollution and loss of greenspace.