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Planning application: CB/22/02723/FULL – 7 Shefford Road – Demolition of 7 Shefford Road & surrounding outbuildings, erection of 39 dwellings.

The consultation on this application has re-opened and now closes on 13th February 2023.

There are no changes to the application but the consultation has re-opened due to issues with displaying the notices about it.

If you haven’t yet submitted your comments please do so NOW!

If you are one of the 142 residents who have responded please note there is not need to send in your comments again as these are still valid.

• Do you live in the village because of local biodiversity and access to nature?
• Do you support worthy causes?
• Do you believe your village has provided its share of housing for Central Bedfordshire?

If you’ve responded yes to any of these three points, your village could really do with 15 minutes of your time.

This planning application for 39 new homes to be built at the rear of 7 Shefford Road is opposed by CPRE and the Meppershall Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group.

The only way to support the campaign is to submit a written planning objection to Central Bedfordshire Council. Without your written objections being submitted, you can reasonably expect another sizeable development in our village. The more individual objections submitted, the stronger our voice will be in preventing this unnecessary development.

Objection submissions should clearly state “I object to the development” otherwise they won’t count. All members of a household aged 18+ can individually submit comments/objections.
Email your submission to:  quoting the reference CB/22/02723/FULL.

To help there is a template objection letter available to download here.

The consultation period for objections/comments to Central Bedfordshire Council ends on February 13th 2023.

Plans and documents can be viewed on CBC’s website using the reference number above (search under ‘Central Bedfordshire Council Planning Portal’) or this link:

Planning permission is generally required for any new development, and certain extensions to existing dwellings. The local planning authority Central Bedfordshire Council Planning Department is responsible for control of the planning process, and notifies the Parish Council of all planning applications that affect the Parish of Meppershall.  The Parish Council will be informed of planning applications such as:

  • Advertisement Consent
  • Conservation Area Consent
  • Full Planning Application
  • Listed Building Consent
  • Outline Planning Application
  • Regulation 3 where Central Bedfordshire Council is the Applicant
  • Reserved Matters Planning Application
  • S106 –Modification/Discharge
  • Works to trees in a conservation area
  • Works to trees protected by a Tree Preservation Order
  • Variation of Condition
  • Public Service Infrastructure Development

Meppershall Parish Council is therefore a statutory consultee on planning applications, and it is important to note that the Parish Council is not responsible for determining whether an application is granted or refused. The Parish Council will consider all planning applications during Parish Council meetings, and subsequent to this will resolve to either support, make comments on, or object.

How do I view planning application documents?

Full details of planning applications appear on Central Bedfordshire Council’s website.

You can search their website using a variety of methods, including Parish Name, Address, etc.

How should I respond to planning applications?

Ideally, all responses to a planning application should be submitted directly to Central Bedfordshire Council. A guide on how to submit responses online can be found here.

When considering and writing a response, the below guides provide advice and information on appropriate material considerations. Alternatively, residents can raise comments at Parish Council meetings, during the public session.