Third and Final Letter drop – Gold Lane Development

The third and final letter drop will occur within the next couple of days in Biddenham. If you haven’t objected please act and do so now. A copy of the letter can be viewed in advance by clicking here.This is the last opportunity to stop the bulldozers moving in.

The planning application for 18/000140/ MAO, which relates to the proposed 250 houses to be built West of Gold Lane, has now been extended from 16th February 2018 to the 9th March 2018. 

The simplest way is to object via the internet at www.have-a-say.co.uk/1800140MAO or a letter drop  via the door step receivers at the following link Door Step Challenge 10.

Copies of the template letters can be accessed via the links below:-

Template Letter Gold Lane Development 18/000140/ MAO
Template Letter – Policy 19
Template Letter – Policy 23

The deadline for Policy 19 (click here for direct internet objection link) and Policy 23 (click here for direct objection internet link) has been extended to the 29th March 2018 by 5pm, but don’t delay as time is marching on.

The Parish Council are grateful for the objections received so far which are now very close to 500 with pending letters still to be processed by the Borough Council.

*******ACT NOW DON’T LEAVE IT TOO LATE*******

Update – West of Gold Lane Development

The planning application for 18/000140/ MAO, which relates to the proposed 250 houses to be built West of Gold Lane, has been extended from 16th February 2018 to the 9th March 2018

The simplest way is to object via the internet at www.have-a-say.co.uk/1800140MAO or a letter drop  via the door step receivers at the following link Door Step Challenge 10

The deadline for Policy 19 and 23 has been extended to the 29th March 2018 by 5pm, but don’t delay as time is marching on.

A third and final letter will be sent out to all residents in Biddenham shortly, please act on it if you haven’t objected so far. A copy will be published on this website shortly.

The Parish Council are grateful for the objections received so far which are now very close to 500 with pending letters still to be processed by the Borough Council.

*******ACT NOW DON’T LEAVE IT TOO LATE*******

Biddenham Women’s Group Objects to Gold Lane Development

On Tuesday 13th February 2018, The Biddenham Women’s Group were asked to object to the new planning application West of Gold Lane. The event took place at the the Church Barn where Francia Slade and Val Fitzbugh facilitated the signing and collection of the objection letters. 

Again as with other workshops the response was enthusiastic and multiple letters were busily filled in. A number of people present had already objected via the internet channels to the development which was great. There were however a good many that hadn’t. 

The final counts were:-

The planning application 18/00140/MAO (16 signatures)
Policy 19, (16 signatures) 
Policy 23, (16 signatures)

There is still some distance to go in order to get more signatures in place. The Parish Council would urge all people who are concerned about the preservation of the village to take immediate action and make their objections count.

If you do not wish to use the internet to object to the application, copy Template  letters are available below:-
(Download and manually fill in your address and name details and send to the Borough Council, note there are two copy letters per single page. Please only fill in one name per objection)

Template Letter Gold Lane Development 18/000140/ MAO
Template Letter – Policy 19
Template Letter – Policy 23

Door Step Challenge 10 – Gold Lane Development

At the Parish Council meeting held on the 7th February 2018 it was discussed about what we should do to encourage people who are uncomfortable about objecting on the internet or sending a simple letter to the Council. There are around 2000 resident adults who are eligible to object in the village. This high number is not reflected in the objections received so far.  There is some concern that we are not tapping into the non-internet community. 

The proposal is the Door Step Challenge 10. For this we urge people to print copies of the letters below and approach 2 neighbours to the right, left and in front of them. If 30 willing people can do this then that would equate to 300 signatures. In the past a number of people have have stated they wish to do more. The challenge is on as there is an opportunity to make a real practical difference. The task should take no more than an hour. If you succeed in the task please comment below:-

The deadlines are fast approaching for Planning application 18/000140/MAO, Friday 16th February 2018. For Policy 19 & 23  there is a deadline of 5th March 2018. ACT NOW DON’T LEAVE IT TOO LATE.

If  you manage to get a bundle of completed letters together, can you please forward to the following receiving houses, the letters will be batched and sent to the Borough Council directly:-

Joe Warren, 10 Darlow Drive (Hard copy template letters available at this address)
Jon Gambold 22 Days Lane
Peter Applewhite 1 Nevern Gardens, Deep Spinney
Peter Leverkus 61A Church End

Template Letter Gold Lane Development 18/000140/ MAO
Template Letter – Policy 19
Template Letter – Policy 23

Hints and tips
Be nice to your neighbours
Explain fully what the letters and objection is about
Check that both the name and address is completed properly and that it is legible
Make sure they complete the letters at the door and hand them back to you.
Friends and relatives outside the village can complete the letters
Ensure that a Mr & Mrs application is completed separately
Adults 18 and over living in the same household can sign the letters

Biddenham Toddler Parents Object to Gold Lane development

On Thursday 8th February 2018, parents of Biddenham toddlers Club were asked to object to the new planning application West of Gold Lane. The event took place at the village hall where Joe Warren  handed out simple objection letters for the proposal. There was a a lot of concern about the housing development and infrastructure supporting it with some people still unaware of it!

Again as with other workshops the response was enthusiastic and multiple letters were busily filled in. All present at the event objected to the proposals. The final counts were:-

The planning application 18/00140/MAO (14 signatures)
Policy 19, (15 signatures)
Policy 23, (15 signatures)

There is still some distance to go in order to get more signatures in place. The Parish Council would urge all people who are concerned about the preservation of the village to take immediate action and make their objections count.

If you do not wish to use the internet to object to the application, copy Template  letters are available below:-
(Download and manually fill in your address and name details and send to the Borough Council, note there are two copy letters per single page. Please only fill in one name per objection)

Template Letter Gold Lane Development 18/000140/ MAO
Template Letter – Policy 19
Template Letter – Policy 23

Biddenham Friday Club objects to the Planning Application West of Gold Lane

On Friday 2 February 2018, the First Friday Lunch Club turned out in force to object to the new planning application West of Gold Lane. The event took place at the village hall where Joe Warren and Jon Gambold handed out simple objection letters for the proposal. There was an open forum to discuss the various objections and policy applications around the development.

The response was enthusiastic and multiple letters were busily filled in. The final count was:-

The planning application 18/00140/MAO (25 signatures)
Policy 19, (30 signatures)
Policy 23, (29 signatures)

The event was a very successful lunch hour in galvanising the support of the village,

There is still some distance to go in order to get more signatures in place. The Parish Council would urge all people who are concerned about the preservation of the village to take immediate action and make their objections count.

The next opportunity to fill out the various hard copy objections letters with help, will be at the Parish Council Meeting on Wednesday 7th February 2018, prior to the start of the meeting.

If you do not wish to use the internet to object to the application, copy Template  letters are available below:-
(Download and manually fill in your address and name details and send to the Borough Council, note there are two copy letters per single page. Please only fill in one name per objection)

Template Letter Gold Lane Development 18/000140/ MAO
Template Letter – Policy 19
Template Letter – Policy 23

 

 

URGENT – Application for up to 250 dwellings West of Gold Lane, Biddenham

A formal application has been made by a housing developer for up to 250 dwellings including vehicular access from Gold Lane, emergency only access from the A4280, pedestrian and cycle links, public open space, car parking, drainage, landscaping and other associated works. 

Biddenham Parish council have written a second letter detailing how to object to this development. There are multiple actions required to be undertaken in order to mount a successful rejection of this plan. The letter gives very detailed step by step instructions on how to complete these actions. The letter will be sent to every resident in the village of Biddenham shortly. Please click here to view the letter in advance.

Please reach out to friends and neighbours who may be unaware of this development plan. Bedford Borough Council will take into consideration the volume of comments when making their final decision. We need objections in the 1000’s

Note the following when making the submissions.

  • A Mr and Mrs application counts as one submission. You need to make two separate submissions to count as two.
  • Two separate Mr and Mrs applications may have the same wording.
  • Anyone  who is 18 and over can make a separate submission in the same household.
  • You don’t have to live in Biddenham in order to make a submission.
  • Please note the various deadlines for the objections in the Parish Council letter.

**** PLEASE ACTION TODAY ****

If you experience any problems with the process of objection, please let us know in the comments section below:-

Update – Public Consultation Meeting – Farmland West of Gold Lane, Biddenham

With reference to the Development Consultation  on the 21st November 2017, the Parish Council would like to make the following statement in response to many comments received:

The Parish Council have not failed to keep the village informed.  This whole matter only came to our attention following initial contact from Lioncourt on 12th October 2017 and was discussed at our next meeting on November 8th.  Between these dates a closed meeting with Lioncourt occurred, which was the first time we had any inkling that they were proposing such a large development.  We agree with you their plans and formative application should be rejected, amongst many reasons, for contravening the Borough’s stated AD42 policy which protects the land separating Bromham and Biddenham.

Our chairman’s write up for the Biddenham Loop of our last council meeting will contain a significant section on this matter.  His articles are also available on this website under Parish Council / Council Documents / Chairman’s Report.

Note also at this stage no formal planning application has been submitted by Lioncourt to the Bedford Borough Council. 

Biddenham Parish Council