Arguments

  1. The proposal is for a new town 3 x the combined size of the nearest existing towns, Flitwick and Ampthill, wiping out three distinct communities.
     
  2. Enforced urban living on over two thousand people.
     
  3. 90% working agricultural greenfield land despite a government  directive for house buillding focused on brownfield sites?   CPRE say that there are brownfields sites enough for 1 million homes.
     
  4. ‘Eco’ measures will come into effect for all property from 2016 and these are significantly more stringent than those for the so called eco-towns?  Code 6 as opposed to 3 or 4 for the Eco Towns. 
     
  5. There is little ‘eco’ about the development.  It appears more likely that developers have sat on land for a few years and at the first opportunity to develop have simply added ‘Eco’ on the front of it. They are not thinking ‘Eco’ they are thinking profit.
     
  6. The eco town would destroy the natural habitat of wildlilfe, plants and aquatic life in the lakes. 
     
  7. There appear to be no guarantees that the developers will actual include the expensive energy saving options in their builds particularly in the current market.
     
  8. The ‘Eco’ town will ruin village life for thousands of people who chose to move to villages and hamlets in the Marston Vale.
     The proposals will link all the villages up together up to Milton Keynes creating one urban sprawl through to Bedford. 
     
  9. Marston Moretaine is surrounded by landfill, A421 widening, the incinerator project, Nirah project, Centre Parcs. We have taken our fair share of “projects”. It is not fair to dump on us an extra 15,500 houses. 
     
  10. Marston Vale has already been earmarked for thousands of homes. The Eco Town is on TOP of the already proposed development.
     
  11. Who will pay to improve the local infrastructure for example the rail links Bedford to Bletchley and Bedford to London lines, additional schools, shops, leisure activities – swimming pools, outdoor space, gyms, sporting activities, children’s nurseries, etc, etc. 
     
  12. Is this a way to avoid planning permission?  Developers have applied and been turned down previously for large scale developments at Thrupp End and on what is now the Millennium Country Park.