The Arnold White Group has submitted a planning application for an operational net zero carbon community at Astral Green, south-east Leighton Buzzard. Designed and carefully planned in response to the ongoing climate crisis, the vision is to provide a new green energy park, alongside the gradual development of up to 243 high-quality new homes.
- AWGroup can today confirm that its application for Astral Green has been validated by Central Bedfordshire Council. This means that residents can visit www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk and find details of the application under CB/22/04298/OUT.
- All details for Astral Green, including an informative webinar and the full application, can be found at astral.green
- The proposed community at Astral Green will be built around an Energy Park, with a wind turbine and solar array, capable of generating enough electricity to power the equivalent of 1,617 average Bedfordshire homes (1).
- AWGroup believes in a future that people can be proud of, powered by locally generated, renewable energy, with each community held up as an example to be followed.
- AWGroup recognises the significant local need for a new Health Hub and is already working with local authorities to make this a reality as part of the Astral Green vision. A new Health Hub would enable a fully integrated facility at a single location, which would offer a wide range of high-quality services, while relieving pressure on local GP practices.
- The scheme’s design encourages residents towards more active personal travel, with a network of footpaths and cycleways. It also supports the transition to electric vehicles by providing an ultra-rapid EV charging station and EV charging facilities at each home.
- With the Government’s ban on both gas and oil-fired heating systems in new builds from 2025, the scheme will supply ground source heating to every unit through its ambient heat network linked to an array of boreholes, capable of supplying carbon neutral heating in the winter, cooling in the summer, and year round hot water.
- Astral Green’s proposals will include around 243 new homes. Of these, around 30% would be affordable dwellings and there is an aspiration to include 10 specialist almshouses for the town.
- Astral Green’s proposals include new green spaces with woodland, allotments, an orchard and wildflower meadows, which will help with carbon capture and deliver a net gain in biodiversity. These areas will be freely accessible for both new and existing local residents to enjoy the many health and wellbeing benefits associated with time spent outdoors in nature, whether in the pursuit of activity or leisure.
- The proposed scheme also brings significant opportunity for local businesses in the area, with designated space for commercial buildings, adjacent to both the A5 and the Electric Vehicle Charging station for convenient access.
- To read the full Design and Access Statement, please click here.
Arnold White Group Chief Executive, Bob Williams, says “We are pleased to see our vision for Astral Green take its first step towards becoming reality. The global climate crisis is getting too close to home and it is time for us all to do something about it. To become Carbon Neutral by 2050, we need developments like Astral Green to showcase what is possible, both today and in the future. We are pleased to share our proposals for Astral Green, which not only support the national drive to reduce carbon, but also demonstrate our commitment to increase the domestic provision of renewable energy, at a time when it has never been more important to contribute to the energy security and ultimate independence of our country.”
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Footnote 1 The average home in Bedfordshire consumes 4,587kWh of electricity per annum (BEIS, 2020).