MMAG continues its objections to the MVNV

MMAG has submitted its objections to the outline planning permission. We fundamentally oppose the scale of development that in effect creates a new town of six suburbs, four new and two the absorbing of existing villages. Our objections focus on infrastructure, Green buffering/space and traffic. See below.

MMAG’s Submission in Full

MMAG, as the local community action group for Marston Moreteyne, remain opposed to the imposition of up to 5,000 new homes and new employment land. We see this as excess development and urbanisation of the Marston Vale. However, recognising that this proposal is an integral part of CBC’s Local Plan we insist that any permissions for this outline planning application are conditioned as follows:

1. Infrastructure

Infrastructure – roads, medical, social, educational, drainage, canal – should be constructed prior to the commencement of any build. Excavated earth for road and canal creation should be recycled for bunding along some road lengths to minimise visual and noise intrusion. MMAG is aware that parts of the established community have been very negatively affected by poor quality drainage design within new development at Marston Fields and do not expect to see this repeated within MVNV development work.

MMAG is aware that the community already struggles with access to health care / GP service. We insist that CBC works in advance with Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group to ensure that we not only have the building required for health care, but the staff in place to provide services for the massively increased population.

2. Green buffering

MMAG understands that the landowner has committed to the creation of green planting, buffering and new park land to commence two years before any build in that same location. This commitment must be monitored and delivered and also conditioned as part of the planning permission. Regarding the village extension of Marston Moreteyne the current plans should be reconfigured to ensure there is substantial green buffering between the new build and the existing residents on Manor Road / Bedford Road.

Committed planting around existing properties, particularly those lone properties in the parish should be of a depth and include a level of mature planting to provide real and meaningful protection from new development. Any permissions for development must include the planting, the ongoing maintenance / replacement of any die back etc. for the duration of the entire site build within this planning application.

3. Traffic

MVNV will create a new village bypass (C94 & new Cross Vale Link)

The established community expects associated action to push all through traffic from all directions onto the new bypass and actively put drivers off coming through the village. This requires:

1.       Pro-active signage to direct traffic:

  •  ‘village only’
  •  ‘all through traffic {directional arrow}’
  • ‘{directional arrow} A421, Bedford, Milton Keynes, Cranfield‘
  •  ‘No access to A421, Bedford, Milton Keynes, Cranfield’

These are required at all 5 road entry points to the village. Both ends of Bedford Road, Beancroft Road, Station Road and Marston Road.

2.       At the 5 entry points (southern two created by the new Cross Vale Link) there needs to be active speed reduction measures, speed tables, chicanes etc. This is particularly key on Station Lane/Station Road as this is a long straight road with currently a national speed limit / 60mph. Just using proposed 30mph speed signs, will not deliver a reduced speed on this stretch of road.

3.       The entry point on the Bedford Road where the new village extension will be built needs further consideration. The O&H proposals to move the ‘no entry’ further into the village to stop the extension traffic accessing this route is laudable. However, the existing no entry is ignored and this one will be even more so. Many in the village may in fact actively want access to the village from this end of Bedford Road. If a no entry is retained it will need to have an active camera to catch those ignoring the signage. A road redesign may also actively help deter people using the no entry road.

4.       To address the volume of proving ground related traffic, particularly lorries; there needs to be very close working between the Proving Ground, CBC and the PC.

  • Extra signage is required on event days to guide traffic onto the bypass.
  • Consistent and assertive communication given to general traffic and deliveries to reinforce the use the new by pass.
  • A monitored lorry ban established.

5.       The above (1-4) are key to ensure Marston Moreteyne secures ‘gain’,  especially shifting traffic to the C94 & new Cross Vale Link (bypass) despite what their ‘sat nav’ may be telling them.