Around 120 people attended a public meeting in Luton to discuss threats to the Green Belt and the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The meeting organised by CPRE Bedfordshire, CPRE North Hertfordshire and the Chiltern Society heard a speech from Shaun Spiers Chief Executive of the Campaign to Protect Rural England. During the meeting the development plans of Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) were examined. CBC’s planned housing and roadway developments North of Luton will impact the Green Belt, the AONB, National Heritage sites, wildlife, the historic Bunyan Trail, and the way of life of people living in the area.
People attending the meeting expressed their concerns over the magnitude of Green Belt loss. They were shocked by Central Bedfordshire Council’s crass disregard of the fact that the approaches to the ANOB would be irreparably damaged and that this would therefore destroy the grandeur of this northern outcrop of the Chiltern Hills. As far as Central Bedfordshire Council are concerned the boundary of the AONB is merely a line on a map rather than signifying an approach to a nationally and historically meaningful landscape feature.