The small rural English village of Lidlington has existed for over 1000 years and is mentioned in the Domesday book. It is a quiet, typical English village with a pretty thatched pub, gothic church and mediaeval ancient monument surrounded by acres of scenic farmland. Its picturesque steep hill is even believed to be the 'Hill of Difficulty' from John Bunyan’s The Pilgrims Progress.
The village is located where the Greensand Ridge and Marston Vale meet and was listed in The Times in October 2017 as one of the country’s ‘top 20 autumn walks’
In the recently published Central Bedfordshire Council Local Plan however Lidlington stands to be engulfed by 5000 new homes – 10 times the size of the current village- with what CBC calls ‘new villages for the Marston Vale’ a rather misleading term as all the proposed development will take place within the Lidlington Parish boundaries. Central Bedfordshire has identified 20,000 new houses as necessary in addition to those already in the Planning Process; meaning this small, rural village is to carry a massive 25% of the new housing burden on its rolling farmland.
Lidlington is no stranger to these threats. Much of the farmland around the village is owned by London-based O&H Properties Ltd. An established company with over £500m in assets. O&H have tried for planning on several occasions, notably in 2008 where they proposed the village should become one of the Labour Governments much derided Eco-Towns.
Residents have set up an Action group and plan to fight to reduce the scale of the proposed development.
Victoria Crawshay, long term resident said: “Lidlington is a lovely rural community. People here love the countryside and enjoy the landscape views and wildlife, some of which is pretty rare. It’s a great place to bring up children. I am really upset about these plans. You can build houses anywhere. Or you can build at a scale that allows us to protect the countryside and wildlife. But these plans are just too many homes in the wrong place. Once you’ve lost countryside and wildlife, it’s lost forever.”Please take a look at our site and see how you can help this small community stand up to a wealthy ‘Land Bank’ and preserve the rural charm of this small Village.
See our campaign video below: