Hayfield Park Development

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

LOCAL COMMUNITIES

How are you considering the needs of existing local communities?

We recognise the implications of delivering the right infrastructure for the local community and the need for a high quality, sustainable development. Our proposals will include a new lower school with some additional capacity for surrounding residents, financial contributions to middle and upper schools, accommodation for healthcare facilities, sports pitches and informal open space. The bund we will create alongside the northern edge of our site could help reduce noise impacts on existing local communities in addition to the new village. Highways improvements will mean that projected future traffic flows are improved.

Working together with the local community and interested parties is essential to create the best possible development at Hayfield Park. The current consultation is intended to help us understand any specific issues the local community might have about development on this site.

People are invited to take part and comment on our proposals. We will consider all the feedback we receive to help refine and shape our final application.

Apart from housing, are there any other intended uses for the site?

Considering the wider needs of the community is key to the development of our proposals for Hayfield Park. In addition to 700 high-quality homes, we are proposing to build a two-form entry lower school on the site, with capacity for 300 students. Our proposals also include provision for about 25ha of open space including children’s play areas, and we intend to create and improve connections to the cycle network in the surrounding area. We also intend to provide a local centre, with potential for shops and community facilities including healthcare and wellbeing.

Will you use local companies for the development?

We are keen to work with the local community and will use local companies where possible.

What additional infrastructure will be put in place to as part of the Hayfield Park development to benefit the local community?

The scheme will be designed to support the community it creates, in addition to the existing residents in the area. As part of the planning process the Hayfield Consortium is actively looking at ways to contribute to facilities and infrastructure for the local area as part of the Hayfield Park development.

Currently, our plans include:

  • Up to 700 new homes
  • Sports facilities
  • A new two-form lower school
  • Accommodation for shops, community and local healthcare facilities
  • Improvements to the local road network and Kingston roundabout
  • A bund to landscape the site and reduce noise from the M1 and A421
  • Land safeguarded to facilitate the dualling of the A421 in order  to further ease congestion
  • Land safeguarded to facilitate the dualling of the A421 in order  to further ease congestion

We are working with Central Bedfordshire Council on our infrastructure proposals and we would welcome any additional suggestions as part of your consultation feedback.

How is the decision made on the additional infrastructure required to support the delivery of Hayfield Park?

In the event of the local authorities resolving to grant planning permission for Hayfield Park, certain conditions and legal agreements will be put in place to identify the contributions we will have to make to address any impact of the development on the local community and associated infrastructure.

The nature and precise level of those contributions will be set out in the legal contract known as the Section 106 agreement. The details of the agreement (and planning conditions) will be decided by the Local Planning Authority in consultation with a number of public and private sector bodies including education, transport and health authorities.

The Section 106 agreement is likely to address issues including provision of funds for traffic calming measures and public transport, junction improvements, new sports and play facilities, tree planting, cycle paths, meeting places, affordable housing, community, education and health care facilities.