Green belt ‘gateway’ is not wanted
Plans for a huge business park on the edge of Luton failed to find favour with Slip End councillors at a meeting on Monday night.
Financial services giant Legal & General wants its proposals for a ‘high quality employment’ site to be included in the Central Beds Council growth strategy, which will be finalised later this year.
The 50 acre green belt site is next to Junction 10a of the M1, and is bordered on either side by the motorway and the A1081 London Road.
Representatives from the multinational and from property agents Savilles explained the ‘Luton Strategic Employment Gateway’ scheme to members of Slip End Parish Council at the village hall.
Savilles representative Geoff Cross told the meeting: “This is not a formal proposal. We made this proposal to Central Beds in response to their development strategy.
“There will be a full public consultation exercise if it is to go any further.”
Mr Cross said the developmers would be looking to attract companies specialising in research, development and innovation.
“Luton needs a lot of regeneration,” he said. “There’s an opportunity to help the image of Luton with high quality employment, providing the types of jobs that have not traditionally been provided in Luton.”
Nick Baker, from Legal & General, said the site would be visible from the motorway and would make a “statement about Luton”.
But Central Beds councillor for the Caddington ward, Ruth Gammons, said: “It’s a gateway to Luton.
“We are not in Luton, we are a village, we are Slip End and we don’t want to be seen as a gateway to Luton.
“This development would be extending the hard edge of Luton into a rural area and into the green belt.”
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