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The old orchard

Postby CraftsbyCarolyn » Sun Oct 19, 2014 12:14 pm

I see that they are moving along quite quickly on this project - the planned pond is already full!
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Re: The old orchard

Postby oceanbreeze » Sun Oct 19, 2014 9:19 pm

What about the unplanned ?
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Re: The old orchard

Postby SCRABBLER » Mon Oct 20, 2014 12:07 pm

I thought this development was going to produce some car parking for the Town??
How is that going!! (or has it gone) :AA
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Re: The old orchard

Postby masquerade » Mon Oct 20, 2014 2:43 pm

I remember a public meeting about this development and certainly public car park spaces were promised -- the town needs more spaces urgently.
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Postby Komponant » Mon Oct 20, 2014 10:58 pm

Carparking for the town is part of the scheme. Not sure how many spaces.
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Postby CraftsbyCarolyn » Sat Nov 29, 2014 12:33 am

now up to roof level on a couple - they are really tall so can't see the trees behind anymore from our windows. Very bright roof too - one green and one very terracotta.
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Re: The old orchard

Postby oceanbreeze » Sat Nov 29, 2014 11:02 pm

That roof line is far too high--what a shame Carolyn.

Plenty of water lying around to give them cause to stand and stare every day I notice-----! quite a quagmire.
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Re: The old orchard

Postby CraftsbyCarolyn » Thu Jun 04, 2015 2:43 pm

vary of planning conditions. They want to vary the cond 3 of the car park on here:

http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/p ... B/13/00727

but I can't see 3, something to do when the car park will open

http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/p ... dex=603921

http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/p ... B/15/01995

Do you think they make it difficult to deciper on purpose?
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Re: The old orchard

Postby oceanbreeze » Thu Jun 04, 2015 9:37 pm

Looks as though availability will be phased--the first 50 spaces and then the remainder on completion of another part of the development --not sure, but that is how I read it.
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Re: The old orchard

Postby orphy » Tue Jun 16, 2015 9:25 am

Went to a shop they said the car park spaces will be around the plot. I wonder how many will be left for public after houses occupied.
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Re: The old orchard

Postby SCRABBLER » Wed Jun 17, 2015 7:33 am

Probably none!!
This development is a complete disaster.
The approach to Ampthill over Maulden Hill with the vista of the Church, used to be one of the delights when travelling from the west into the Town.
It has been completely spoilt by the over-development of this site, which, when fully occupied, will truly be an "Anthill" in Ampthill.
When is somebody going to call a Halt to the carnage caused by house-building in this Town, which is being completely ruined by Developers who have
no feeling at all for the history and landscape into which they plonk down their ghastly little ticky-tacky boxes.
I despair!!!
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Re: The old orchard

Postby orphy » Tue Aug 18, 2015 2:35 pm

That’s probably right – been passing there many times tried to have a look of potential public car park space. Nothing I can see. Even if there is any, they build so many houses there….it will be full of residents’ cars.

Do hope there is a way to stop this kind of development. Is there any? Also, when they approve the development, I thought local representatives will be in present?
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Re: The old orchard

Postby SCRABBLER » Wed Aug 19, 2015 9:19 am

All I can say is, the local representatives were asleep when this development was passed!!
They could have at least reduced the amount of properties per square foot (or that's what it seems to passers-by) at the time the planning process was
going through.
I know we need more housing, but I do think this development was "over the top" especially in this position.
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Re: The old orchard

Postby oceanbreeze » Wed Aug 19, 2015 10:08 pm

That Planning application goes back a long way--as far as the days when Budgens pulled away and Waitrose rocked up .
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Re: The old orchard

Postby SCRABBLER » Thu Aug 20, 2015 10:41 am

oceanbreeze wrote:That Planning application goes back a long way--as far as the days when Budgens pulled away and Waitrose rocked up .


That's as may be. BUT someone at some point should have realised that this small patch of ground was being over developed and spoken up
and made sure that the "powers-that-be" were aware of the concerns of those who have to live cheek by jowl with this development.
I pity the house on the corner of Church Crescent and all those who live in the Crescent. They must feel completely saturated by the new buildings.
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