Where is the land proposed for your development?
Hayfield lies to the north of the established communities of Aspley Guise and Woburn Sands, to the south of the A421 and the east of Cranfield Road. It is within the boundaries of Central Bedfordshire and is around six miles from the centre of Milton Keynes. The parcel of land is approximately 43ha in area, although the area of land that would be developed with buildings is only about 17ha. The rest of the land provides infrastructure such as a school, sports pitches and public open spaces.
Our Hayfield Park proposal is for a standalone community meeting some of its own needs but linked to nearby infrastructure.
Why do you want to build houses here?
This location has long been considered a sustainable location for new homes and our site is identified in principle in the current Local Plan for development. It will connect directly into, and will assist in delivering, the newly dualled A421. It will also reserve a corridor for the route of the Bedfordshire to Milton Keynes waterway. Building in this location, close to leisure uses, shops and jobs in Milton Keynes allows new residents to cycle or take the bus, and also reduces trips by car that would otherwise be made from longer distances away. We are bringing forward an application now because the government is encouraging more house-building, the local plan has been delayed and the area has therefore not identified enough land to meet its housing need.
Hayfield Park would contribute 700 much-needed homes for Central Bedfordshire, providing a balanced community meeting some of its own needs but also linked to nearby infrastructure. The development will contribute to meeting the housing targets for Central Bedfordshire without directly affecting local communities. The site has no special environmental considerations so development here means that more environmentally sensitive sites would be protected. We believe Hayfield Park presents an ideal development opportunity that will offer benefits to existing communities while delivering high quality homes and sensitively reflecting the character of Central Bedfordshire Villages.
Who are you working with to develop your proposals for the site?
We are working with Central Bedfordshire Council and have welcomed the opportunity to discuss our proposals with local parish councils. We hope to build a strong dialogue with these stakeholders in order to achieve the best outcome for a sustainable development that meets the needs of the local area and its residents.
Which council/councils will the planning application be submitted to?
The Hayfield Park site falls within the boundary of Central Bedfordshire Council. Once we have considered all the feedback submitted to this consultation, together with the findings from our own surveys and work, we will submit our outline planning application for the site to Central Bedfordshire Council.
If consent is granted, when will building start and how long will it take?
If planning permission is granted, subject to receiving the appropriate approval on reserved matters, we anticipate construction could commence in 2018 with the first homes ready in 2019.
How does this fit into other developments in the area?
We are promoting land in the Aspley Guise triangle in the Central Bedfordshire Local Plan which could deliver future expansion while retaining clear boundaries to protect the identity of existing villages in the area. At this stage, there is no policy for these wider proposals, and a planning application for this larger site is not being considered. However, we are being careful to ensure that Hayfield Park would work well with additional villages should this be seen as appropriate. Hayfield Park could therefore be the first of four villages that we anticipate could deliver a total of 3,500 homes in the area, alongside local centres, health and well being services, improved public transport, highways improvements, schools, sports, leisure and recreation, open space and community facilities.