Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Legacy Announcements, but Cart Is Before the Horse



Posted to BBC Three Counties Facebook Page:


All these announcements, but no plans as yet, and no public consultation yet, although I hear some pc will take place later this year.

How is it justified to announce all these facts, even before a planning application has been submitted? :

"The Legacy Foundation has announced the beginning of building work on 1,300 homes just outside Luton, set for completion in 2017", http://www.bigissue.com/ Oct 21st 2016 . That is stated as a fact, implying that it's all gone through planning, and making local people feel as though they have not been consulted.
"They will start work building 1,300 homes just outside Luton in 2017" BBC 21 Oct 2016. That is stated as a fact. And on the BBC web site.
"The first project sees 600 of the 1,300 homes built in Houghton Regis, near Luton, designated for social and affordable housing." http://www.bigissue.com/ Oct 21st 2016. Another statement of fact before any planning decision.
"The players' current project will see 1,300 homes built in one of the most deprived areas of the UK in Houghton Regis, near Luton, with 600 properties currently designated for social and affordable housing." BBC 21 Oct 2016
"It will have a leisure centre, swimming pool and a sports academy - where one of them will be training local kids once a month - and a creche." http://www.homesandproperty.co.uk 27 Sept 2016. Another statement of fact without plans yet.
"They hope to break ground on their first project in early 2017, with the first flats ready for moving into a year after that." http://www.homesandproperty.co.uk//27 Sept 2016 Nothing wrong with "hope"!
 "A 22-hectare site in Kingsland, north of Houghton Regis – one of most underprivileged areas in the UK – will be the first location to implement the Legacy model" http://www.cladglobal.com/ 21 Oct 2016. Another statement of fact, when other projects may end up being first.

The cart is before the horse.
There should not be a presumption in favour of granting planning permission.
Councillors have to be impartial to decide on planning matters.
As yet there are no plans  in the public domain.


Some notes I copied down from a few websites in 2016:


Football stars Rio Ferdinand, Bobby Zamora and Mark Noble will be revealing the plans this year for a £400 million housing development, with 1,300 homes, on a 22-hectare site in Houghton Regis,  in partnership with Central Bedfordshire council and funded by Aviva Investors.

It will have a leisure centre, swimming pool and a sports academy -  where one of them will be training local kids once a month - and a creche.

Legacy is the brainchild of Ferdinand, who grew up on a council estate in Peckham.

Zamora, 35, from Barking and now a striker for Brighton and Hove Albion, adds: “We don’t want to use the word ‘estate’ for Legacy schemes: we want them to be communities.”

Plans are currently under wraps as the details are worked out.

“We need to make it clear we ain’t just three footballers who just sit here,” says Noble. “We understand the scheme. We have sat in rooms with people who shaped the business model, and some of the most influential people in the industry for the last 10 months, and we understand it fully. We’re not just the faces of it.” (source )

Ferdinand says it’ll take three to four years to prove that the housing model and the legacy programme work and are sustainable. “I’m chomping at the bit to get started,” says Zamora.

According to The Big Issue  in October, "The first project sees 600 of the 1,300 homes built in Houghton Regis, near Luton, designated for social and affordable housing." The Legacy Foundation has announced the beginning of building work on 1,300 homes just outside Luton, set for completion in 2017

Of the £400 million development Zamora says that a minimum of 40 per cent of units will be social, affordable or key worker housing in each development, with an aspiration to 50 per cent.  They hope to break ground on their first project in early 2017, with the first flats ready for moving into a year after that. (source)

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In an unrelated event, Cllr James Jamieson, Leader Central Beds Council, announced the opening of the Woodside Link on 10th December, even though it wasn't actually open. MORE ...


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