Work on our Neighbourhood Plan has gone backwards over the past month. We will explain what has happened.
Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) issued their Draft Local Plan in July last year. We analysed the documents and the main issue from Eaton Bray's stand point was that the Green Belt would remain unaltered around Eaton Bray. We commented on this in our Article in September's Focus. This Draft Local Plan was positive news as the majority of Eaton Bray residents wanted to maintain the Green Belt on its current boundaries.
On 11th January 2018 CBC published the next iteration of the Local Plan but unfortunately there was a surprise, CBC had allocated land behind Eaton Park for development! 49 houses in the Green Belt. Residents throughout Eaton Bray are dismayed, we wrote to the Head of Planning at CBC and to our Local MP Andrew Selous, but we appear to have little or no influence. Pressing on, we will comment upon the Local Plan, we have made our objections known, and will attend the Planning Committee meeting that can pass or refuse the Planning Application at Eaton Park. The NP Steering Group is supporting the wishes of the residents of Eaton Bray and we should know the result over the next month or so.
Meanwhile drafting our NP continues, the majority of the Draft NP is written but we need to add some historical details and make minor improvements.
ECKA Eaton Bray - Karate and Kickboxing
Sundays 16:00 - 17:30 in Eaton Bray Village Hall.
Do something different this year!
New Beginner Course starts 4 February 2018. Book your place online.
For more info visit www.eckaeatonbray.com or phone Sensei Simon on 07500 007779.
There's plenty ahead to brighten your spirits after the winter gloom - daffodils, ducklings, daylight and the divine Danesborough Chorus, which will perform its next concert on Saturday 3 March 2018, 7.30 pm, at St Mary's Church, Woburn.
This concert will feature four contrasting choral gems composed by Rheinberger, Sullivan (of Gilbert and Sullivan fame), Britten and Tippett, taking the audience on a musical journey from the Victorian era to mid 20th century .
Consultation on the local plan began at 10am on Thursday 11th January 2018 for a period of six weeks until 5pm on Thursday 22nd February 2018.
In accordance with Regulation 19 of The Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Act 2012, CBC is publishing its Pre-submission Local Plan and are inviting you to express your views by taking part in the consultation.
All of the documents are available to view from 10am on Thursday 11th January on-line and at the Council Offices in Chicksands (opening times from 8:30 to 17:00 Mon -Thurs and 8:30 - 16:00 on Friday). In addition, the Local Plan will be available to view at the Customer Service Centres in Biggleswade and Leighton Buzzard, and the main libraries across Central Bedfordshire (opening times vary).
To: All Residents Eaton Bray Parish
Within the parish there is a lack of available land for burials, the current land will be full/unavailable within a few years.
The Council would like to guage residents' opinions on the Council spending money to purchase additional burial land, allowing parish burials to continue for many more years to come.
Please write/email the Parish Clerk with your comments/views.
Eaton Bray Parish Council
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