The Central Growth Board - a new challenge for local democracy?

The Government and Local Authorities have acted together to create yet another QUANGO – “The Central Growth Board”.

The Central Growth Board has been formed to ensure that controversial Oxford – Cambridge developments across the local authority areas covered by the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) - Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes, Luton, Aylesbury Vale and Northamptonshire plus the rest of Buckinghamshire - are pushed through without debate.

It will enable them to push through massive developments along the Oxford – Milton Keynes – Bedford - Cambridge Corridor without the consent of local people, crushing local democracy.

The Mayor of Bedford, Dave Hodgson and the Leader of Central Bedfordshire Council, James Jamieson, both committed to the NIC plans, have joined the Central Growth Board.

Similar “Growth Boards” are being created in Oxfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

A spokesperson for CPRE Bedfordshire said:
“CPRE Bedfordshire believe that the work of the new “Central Growth Board” is already underway with controversial planning applications and projects being pushed through with minimal consultation with the people of Bedfordshire."

Further details are available on CPRE website
CPRE Bedfordshire is a local branch of Campaign to Protect Rural England that campaigns for a beautiful and living countryside.

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