Approved proposals to build up to 5,150 homes to the north of Houghton Regis have been met with a varied response from locals.
Residents from Dunstable and Houghton Regis have been taking part in healthy debate on the Gazette’s Facebook page since plans were approved by Central Beds Council.
John Hateley said: “The price that Houghton Regis is paying to relieve Dunstable’s traffic is the development. We in Houghton Regis were sold down the river.”
Leigh Brett said: “Wouldn’t it be better to try to fill the empty shops in Dunstable that we already have rather than build a new lot a couple of miles down the road?”
Chris Taverner said: “While true that the majority of us would love to keep greenbelt land, for the countryside; it is undeniable that we have a huge housing shortage.
“One way to kickstart the economy is to build houses, it seems inevitable that houses will turn up where many people do not want them.”
Carey Adams said: “The council has shown us that resistence is futile!”
Alan Winter said: “There has been lots of consultation by the developers, and plenty of opportunity to comment. Comments help shape the outcomes.”