24th March 2014

Thank you for copying me into your request to Secretary of State Eric Pickles MP concerning the Arlesey Masterplan. I will ensure his attention is drawn to it, and I am sure it will receive a considered response in due course.

I have been aware of the proposals for development in Arlesey for many years, and have followed these through local authority councillors, the Town Council and more recently the residents group Voice of Arlesey. I support the engagement of all concerned with the future of Arlesey in the process of the development, as although the main decision on the fact of development has been taken, there are a number of areas where more detailed decisions can be influenced.

Whatever the Secretary of State has to say about the planning process, I do hope you will take the opportunities for that further engagement.

I am waiting to see the further report later this week and will make sure that is brought to the attention of the Secretary of State.