Luton residents to get a chance to see housing co-op proposals | News
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Luton residents to get a chance to see housing co-op proposals | News

The area to the east of Luton has been designated in the adopted North Hertfordshire Local Plan

Author: Euan Duncan, LDRSPosted 12 hours ago

Opponents of a 2,100-home housing estate within a mile of the outskirts of Luton will have the chance to scrutinise the proposals in detail at a meeting this week.

A mixed-use housing development is to be built on a housing-zoned site in Cockernhoe in north Hertfordshire under a strategic development plan by the Crown Estate and Bloor Homes.

The land to the east of Luton has been designated in the adopted North Hertfordshire Local Plan, according to the development’s dedicated web pages, with a proposed full completion date of 2037.

There will be a free event on Thursday (11th July) from 3pm to 8pm at the Cockernhoe Memorial Hall on Mangrove Road, which you can attend.

The revised strategic masterplan is expected to be considered by North Herts District Council’s project board later this year, the project website explains, when the board will decide whether to support the document.

It added: “We invited the local community to provide feedback on our draft strategic masterplan during a public consultation earlier this year. This included three previous public drop-in events in February at local venues.

“All feedback from the consultation has been taken into account and we have updated the strategic masterplan. This latest public drop-in event aims to inform people about the revised scheme.

“Further public consultation will take place after this date, where residents will have the opportunity to comment on the more detailed proposals, as current planning applications are amended later in the year.”

The draft masterplan provides a public framework for planning applications. Many elements of the scheme are set out in the local plan itself, including the need to deliver around 2,100 high-quality new homes.

Of that, 40 percent will be affordable. The project also includes three new schools, a net gain in biodiversity, parks, sports facilities and a network of public green spaces.

Opinions were sought on housing structure and design, schools, public facilities, local bus services, cycle and pedestrian routes, open and recreational areas and local infrastructure.

The website adds: “Our vision for this site is a neighbourhood set within its existing landscape framework with a distinctive identity, designed with sensitivity and providing much-needed family housing. The quality of the spaces created will make it a great place to live.

“The main objective of the draft master plan is to create a sustainable landscape for people and nature that preserves, protects and enhances the local environment.

“We will retain existing vegetation wherever possible, while planned green corridors include hedges and trees, and connect rights of way and new active traffic routes.

“A strong sense of place for the new community will be created through six identifiable and distinct ‘character areas.’ These areas result directly from natural changes in the characteristics of the site, including landscape, topographic features and adjacent uses.”

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