More than 100 residents met in Breachwood Green on Tuesday to discuss a planning application to build 1,050 new homes near Cockernhoe, Mangrove Green and Tea Green.
The planning application by Bloor Homes will affect the greenbelt countryside adjacent to Luton’s border, and people from Stopsley and Wigmore attended the meeting to air their concerns.
The proposal is due to be discussed at Luton Borough Council overview and scrutiny board on October 15.
Speakers at the Breachwood Green meeting included Simon Ellis, principal planning officer at North Herts District Council, and Herts County and District Councillor David Barnard.
Councillor Barnard said: “The meeting was overwhelmingly opposed to any development to the east of Luton, and agreed that far more suitable sites are available around Luton’s Central Beds borders.”
He said he will represent his constituents at the North Herts planning committee meeting and will stand down from the committee chair in order to speak freely on the subject.
Luton is expected to object to a North Herts District Council consultation on the planning application at the overview and scrutiny board meeting on October 15.
This is on the grounds that the proposal is premature of the North Herts Local Plan, because of the adverse impact on the highway network around Stopsley and Wigmore, and because the it fails to address employment, community, education and infrastructure required to support the development.
A report by the head of planning and transportation says: “The development represents a piecemeal form of development that fails to address fully the impact of the development on the infrastructure of the area. It relies on existing infrastructure and fails to provide sufficient to mitigate the impacts.”