Proposals to build around 400 new homes in Flitwick, plus employment land and a children’s play area are set to be revealed to the public for the first time next week.
Land promoters ORS PLC is in the process of putting together a masterplan for the major development at Valley Farm in Steppingley Road, located behind The Rufus Centre where the town council is based.
The ambitious plan comprises around 400 new homes, an area for employment development and public open space, including children’s playground facilities.
The proposals are now set to go public consultation and exhibitions are due to be held next weekend, giving members of the public a chance to comment on the plans.
Planning consultants Framptons is driving the project forward on behalf of ORS.
Town planning consultant Peter Frampton said: “The public exhibition is a chance for the community to the see the proposal and feedback their comments to us.
“We will then reflect on the changes suggested and take on board what we can.”
Central Beds Council highlighted Valley Farm as an area for development in its Local Development Framework scheme. Planning officers have been working closely with ORS PLC.
Planning director at ORS PLC Kate Sylvester-Kilroy said: “ORS has been promoting this land over a number of years and now that the site has been allocated, we are bringing it forward for development.
“We are working with the officers at Central Beds Council to produce a masterplan to illustrate the principles of the development, and welcome the views of the local community.”
Flitwick Town Council has also been involved, but says it cannot comment yet on whether it will be in support of the plan.
A spokesman said: “We have been in consultation with the planners all the way through, and raised concerns like providing a safe route to school for children, provision of leisure facilities, and highways, which have all been addressed.”
A planning application is due to be submitted to Central Beds Council later this year.
The public exhibitions are being held on Friday, September 7, between 2-8pm and Saturday, September 8 between 10am-2pm.
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