College Conservation Area Extended

Conservative Meads councillor Robert Smart has scored a victory by forcing the borough council to consider extension of the College Conservation Area.

The issue will now be considered at the council’s planning committee meeting on 22nd January. Robert’s proposal would nearly double the area covered by the designation, which was initiated in the 1980s but has not been changed since.

Developments requiring planning permissions in conservation areas are more restricted, if an extension is granted, and Kempston would then be within the conservation area.

“The College Conservation Area really has needed to be expanded for many years to protect the character of a wider area and residents want to see extra protection,” said Robert.

“I am pleased the borough council has finally agreed to look at the idea after I ask several times at full council meetings for it to happen.

“The next move now really should be a public consultation on the extension, so everyone can gauge local feeling formally.”