Over the next 20 years, Marston Valley could bring significant new infrastructure, community facilities and up to 5,000 homes for the Marston Vale in Bedfordshire.
The aim is to create an exceptional living environment where people will be proud to live and work, and will want to visit. Marston Valley is about taking a strategic, long-term approach to planning for the wider needs of the area, not just building houses, and ensuring we will live safely and well in a post-pandemic world.
Marston Valley will be made up of a series of linked villages, each with its own individual character, and its own village centre with local shops and new community facilities.
The development will also deliver a new waterway connecting existing lakes, new woodland planting and lots of green space while respecting the identity of neighbouring villages as separate entities. New jobs, new schools, leisure facilities, better public transport and health facilities all feature in the plans.
Following endorsement of the Development Brief for the Marston Vale New Villages in March 2022, O&H Strategic Land has submitted an update to its Outline Planning Application to Central Bedfordshire Council. The council's consultation on this application runs until the end of June.
At the Central Bedfordshire Council meeting today (16 March 2022), the Development Management Committee voted to endorse the Development Brief for Marston Vale New Villages. At the meeting, there were many questions relating to last year’s public consultation, so here are some of the key facts...
The full report on the public consultation and its results (a ‘Statement of Community Involvement’ or SCI) is being prepared by O&H Land and will be published on the CBC website alongside all other information...
The consultation deadline for the Marston Vale New Villages Development Brief has been extended until 31 March 2021 by O&H Land.
Since the consultation was launched on 24 February, more than 800 people have viewed the consultation materials. O&H is hoping to receive further input from local people on how well the vision as described in the Development Brief responds to Central Bedfordshire Council’s Policy SA2 and priorities for the Marston Vale.