Dunstable's Planning Applications Backlog Mounts as CBC Meetings Are On Hold

Report by Alan D Winter.
With the COVID-19 lockdown continuing, the number of outstanding planning applications for Dunstable is growing.

On 4th April, the Government issued new regulations which permitted local authorities to hold meetings remotely for the first time, using web conference software. Despite this CBC is not yet ready to conduct these virtual meetings.

Leader of the Independent Councillors, Adam Zerny, wrote online today expressing concern at the way Central Bedfordshire Council intends to deal with this planning applications backlog.

Cllr Zerny wrote, “Independent councillors are concerned coronavirus is being used as an excuse to suspend Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC)'s democratic process.

“CBC's Chief Executive, Richard Carr has decided to invoke so-called 'emergency powers' to allow him to make planning decisions himself instead of them being taken by a committee made up of democratically elected councillors.

“When COVID-19 broke out in the UK, CBC recognised it could no longer hold these meetings face-to-face. This doesn't present a major problem to CBC as few planning decisions are time critical and only about 6 per month are decided by the Planning Committee anyway.

“Instead CBC is pushing ahead with invoking emergency powers and says the Chief Executive will determine them using these powers next week. It has not even confirmed to all councillors which planning applications will be involved.”

  • Dunstable Town Council tonight held a Planning meeting online, bu they just comment on plans. The decision making body is Central Bedfordshire Council
  • Chalgrave Parish held a virtual Parish Assembly tonight, followed by a Chalgrave Parish Meeting Online using
Our list below, taken from CBC's planning portal is not an exhaustive list of outstanding plans for Dunstable and excludes the villages outside of Dunstable. And then there is the rest of Central Bedfordshire to consider.


Number: CB/20/01199/FULL
Address: Priory Academy, Britain Street, Dunstable, LU5 4JA
For: Proposed single storey 2 classroom modular building
Documentation: LINK 

Number: CB/20/01231/NMA
Address: 88-90 Union Street, Dunstable, LU6 1HB
For: Non-Material Amendment: To Planning Permission CB/18/03304/FULL Demolition of existing double garage, conversion and extension of property into 5 no. flats with associated car parking and landscaping. 2 no. chimney stacks deleted, minor alteration to rear annexe addition moved 200mm north east and minor extension in Bed 1 area of new build.
Documentation: LINK 

Number: CB/20/01207/VOC
Address: Aspen Court, 28 Chiltern Road, Dunstable
For: Variation to Condition 14 - of planning permission CB/19/00833/FULL (Alterations to roof of development for 5 flats) Revised drawings to form the permitted scheme.
Documentation: LINK 

Number: CB/20/01100/FULL
Address: Dunstable Football Club, Creasey Park Drive, Dunstable, LU6 1BB
For: Creation of an Artificial Grass Pitch (AGP) with new fencing, floodlighting, maintenance storage container, hard standing pathways and ancillary features
Documentation: LINK 

Number: CB/20/01185/FULL
Address: 22 Cartmel Drive, Dunstable, LU6 3PT
For: Single storey front and side rear extensions and replacement garage roof
Documentation: LINK 

Number: CB/20/01206/VOC
Address: The First and Last, Church Street, Dunstable, LU5 4HP
For: ariation to Condition 17 of Planning Permission CB/19/00830/FULL (erection of new part 3 part 4 storey residential building comprising 32 residential units and associated car parking, cycle parking and landscaping) The development hereby permitted shall not be carried out except in complete accordance with the details as shown on the submitted plans, numbers 003, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 200, 201, 300.
Documentation: LINK 

Number: CB/20/01171/FULL
Address: 32 Fairfield Road, Dunstable, LU5 4JT
For: Single Storey Side Extension
Documentation: LINK 

Number: CB/20/00824/FULL
Address: 33 Winfield Street, Dunstable, LU6 1LS
For: Re-submission of planning permission CB/19/02660/FULL Demolish the existing commercial property and construct a detached dwelling containing two, two-bedroom apartments.
Documentation: LINK 

Number: CB/20/01148/FULL
Address: 48 Maidenbower Avenue, Dunstable, LU6 1DU
For: Single Storey Rear Extension
Documentation: LINK 

Number: CB/19/04112/ADV
Address: 14 West Street, Dunstable, LU6 1SX
For: Advertisement Consent: Signage to shopfront
Documentation: LINK 

Number: CB/20/00782/LB
Address: 29-31 Edward Street, Dunstable, LU6 1HE
For: Listed Building: Change layout of first floor to create a hallway and four separate rooms.
Documentation: LINK 

Number: CB/20/00892/LB
Address: 14 West Street, Dunstable, LU6 1SX
For: Listed Building Consent: signage to shopfront
Documentation: LINK 

Number: CB/20/01040/FULL
Address: 13 Beacon Avenue, Dunstable, LU6 2AD
For: Alterations to existing single storey side garage conversion & rear single storey extension.
Documentation: LINK 

Number: CB/20/00756/GPDE
Address: 89 London Road, Dunstable, LU6 3DX
For: Prior Notification of Householder Larger Home Extension: Proposed Single Storey Rear Extension.
Documentation: LINK 

Number: CB/20/01030/FULL
Address: 93 Jeans Way, Dunstable, LU5 4PR
For: Side and rear extension
Documentation: LINK 

Number: CB/20/00671/FULL
Address: Jockey Farm Caravan Park, Watling Street, Caddington, Dunstable, LU6 3QP
For: Retrospective: Change of use of land on an existing Gypsy site, for residential and touring caravans, with hardstanding, parking and related infrastructural development
Documentation: LINK 

Number: CB/20/00953/FULL
Address: 16 Park Street, Dunstable, LU6 1NL
For: Proposed single storey side and rear extension
Documentation: LINK 

Number: CB/20/00922/FULL
Address: 7 Candale Close, Dunstable, LU6 3PE
For: Single storey front extension
Documentation: LINK 

Number: CB/20/00868/FULL
Address: 15 The Avenue, Dunstable, LU6 2AA
For: Re-submission of planning permission CB/19/03908/FULL - Two storey side extension and front gabled extensions and new rear terrace level at first floor level. Provision of new dormer windows to bedrooms at rear elevation.
Documentation: LINK 

Number: CB/20/00835/FULL
Address: Meadway Allotment Store, Meadway, Dunstable
For: Change of use from an allotment store to a community workshop
Documentation: LINK 

Number: CB/20/00855/FULL
Address: 1 Pynders Lane, Dunstable, LU5 4RD
For: Single storey rear extension 5m with a flat roof.
Documentation: LINK 

Number: CB/20/00857/LDCP
Address: 1 Pynders Lane, Dunstable, LU5 4RD
For: Lawful Development Certificate Proposed: Single storey extension to side
Documentation: LINK 

Number: CB/20/00826/FULL
Address: 101 Canesworde Road, Dunstable, LU6 3PZ
For: Proposed first floor side extension and single storey rear extension
Documentation: LINK 

Number: CB/20/00572/FULL
Address: 9 Aldbanks, Dunstable, LU6 1AH
For: Single storey rear extension and erection of garage/shed following the demolition of existing garage & shed
Documentation: LINK 

Number: CB/20/00320/FULL
Address: 17 Victoria Street, Dunstable, LU6 3AZ
For: Demolition of existing extension to create part single part two storey rear extension
Documentation: LINK 

Number: CB/20/00768/RG46
Address: 3 Visa View, Dunstable, LU6 1FW
For: Regulation 46 - Locality Risk Assessment
Documentation: LINK 

Number: CB/20/00754/FULL
Address: Land between Nos 12 and 12a Bernard Close, Dunstable, LU5 4HL
For: Construction of two detached dwellings
Documentation: LINK 

Number: CB/20/01304
Address: 43 Spinney Crescent, Dunstable, LU6 1AR
For: Prior Notification of Householder Larger Home Extension: Single storey rear extension with velux windows.
Documentation: LINK

Number: CB/20/00514/LB
Address: 99 & 101 & 105 Church Street, Dunstable, LU5 4HN
For: Listed Building: Replacement windows to (No. 99 -1 x new downstairs front window including decoration,1 x low level rear window including decoration, 1 x high level rear window including decoration. No 101 - 1 x new window including decoration. No. 105 - 1 x new high level front window including decoration, remove and clear existing secondary glazing unit and replace with new, and new air vent cover)
Documentation: LINK 

Number: CB/20/00311/FULL
Address: 5 Kirkstone Drive, Dunstable, LU6 3PP
For: Front and rear single storey extension. Garage conversion.
Documentation: LINK 

Number: CB/20/00669/FULL
Address: 142 High Street South, Dunstable, LU6 3HJ
For: Replace two existing parking bays with two electric vehicle charging bays
Documentation: LINK 


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