As expected developers Mayfair 500 have submitted a full planning application to build blocks of flats on land at the back of the post office off of Church Square. They say they’ve taken on board feedback from their public exhibition held last December at the Golden Bell pub but the noise impact assessments have been done outside of the busy summer period when both the Golden Bell and Black Lion pubs beer gardens are busy, with live music, therefore the results don’t give a true picture so no amount of soundproofing will work because people will naturally have doors and windows open in the summer plus these assessments would’ve been done at ground level. The danger being that complaints about the noise levels would lead to restrictions imposed on the live music licence which will have a massive impact on their business. Do we really want to risk losing two of our oldest and vibrant pubs in our town?

Concerns about access for two way traffic in and out by the post office entrance still remain, parking for 18 flats and the proposed gym not to mention the architectural design is better suited to Milton Keynes rather than in the centre of the most historical part of our town.

How many people who attended the exhibition were asking for another gym?

What about the long term future of our main post office? If the developers get planning permission they will purchase and therefore own the land.

And the bigger picture is more worrying because this could set a precedent making it more likely that the rest of the adjoining publicly owned land will end up being used for more flats and houses meaning also less of a chance for the original plans for an expansion of our town centre for more retail, leisure and amenities to provide our growing town with the things they’ve been asking for.

With so much housing growth is there really a need and a want for these flats? Objections could be submitted because this does not fit within the town’s Local Development Plan

Join us and help our campaign and email objections to all of our Leighton-Linslade Central Beds councillors and all of the Central Beds councillors who sit on the Development Committee (contact details can be found on Central Beds council website here ). The planning reference is CB/19/01241/FULL. The main objections submitted are based on this development not fitting within the town’s Local Development Plan, the impact on the existing businesses and architectural impact on our historial town.

For more info contact Gennaro on 01525 854273, L.B. First Facebook page and new show ‘Voice Of The Town’ on Leighton Buzz Radio.