Latest news – Application for up to 250 dwellings West of Gold Lane, Biddenham – 18/00140/MAO Major Outline Application

At the Bedford Borough Council  meeting held on 29 October 2018 the Planning Committee resolved to Refuse Permission in respect of the above proposal. The Committee took into consideration your representations when reaching its decision. For a full explanation of the reasoning behind the decision and how your comments were taken into account (assuming these concerned planning merits) you are advised to read the Officers report in full which includes any resulting conditions that may have been imposed. Click here for further details

New Deadline on Planning Application 18/000140/MAO – Land West of Gold Lane

The planning application deadline, reference 18/000140/MAO, which relates to the proposed 250 houses to be built West of Gold Lane has been extended to  2nd April 2018.  The Borough Council have inserted more documentation  for review (V23 26 27 28 29). If you have already objected no further action is required as this will still count. If however you feel you need to make an amended objection based on the new information, please feel free to do so. In total the Borough Council have received in the region of  584 objections. We still need a lot more.

The simplest way 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

Please refer the links to friends or neighbours that haven’t taken action. Biddenham still has a sizeable population of people who haven’t objected. All objections count as they add to the weight for the opposing view.

The deadline for Policy 19 and 23 is on 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. Do not hesitate in contacting us if you require help in completing an objection. The Parish Council can be contacted at info@biddenham.org.uk

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

Final push on Planning Application 18/000140/MAO – Land West of Gold Lane

The planning application deadline, reference 18/000140/MAO, which relates to the proposed 250 houses to be built West of Gold Lane is fast approaching  9th March 2018.  So far the Borough Council have received in the region of  570 objections.

The simplest way 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

Please refer the links to friends or neighbours that haven’t taken action. Biddenham still has a sizeable population of people who haven’t objected. All objections count as they add to the weight for the opposing view.

The deadline for Policy 19 and 23 is on 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. Do not hesitate in contacting us if you require help in completing an objection. The Parish Council can be contacted at info@biddenham.org.uk

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

Biddenham Cafe and Gardeners Association Object to Gold Lane Development

A visit was made to the above clubs for more signatures, most people at these clubs had already objected via one of the available objection channels. This is great but also means that the clubs have been saturated and there are no more people available to object within them.

The Cafe Club produced 6 and the Gardeners Club produced 5 of each objection category.  Despite this low number a large number of templates letters were taken away for friends and family to fill in which made the exercise worth it.

There continues to be a misunderstanding about who can sign the letters :-

*A Mr and Mrs application needs to be signed separately to count as two separate objections.
*Anyone over 18 years living in the same household can sign the letters.
*Each person should fill in 3 forms – 18/000140/MAO, Policy 19 and Policy 23, not just one form.
*Anyone living outside of Biddenham including people living in foreign countries can sign the letters.

There is also a lack of understanding about the impact of the planning application despite the considerable amount of material available on the internet and the letter drops. Some people especially people living outside Biddenham are apprehensive about signing something they don’t understand. But once understood they are happy to sign. The human interaction element is very important for the undecided element of the population.

There are 1700  adults in Biddenham that are eligible to make an objection and this number has not been totally reflected in the 500 objections received so far, The 500 includes a lot of people living outside Biddenham!

Going forward  if 1000 objections are to be achieved the best way to do this is via the following simple internet links:-

18/000140/ MAO
Policy 19 (click here for direct internet objection link)
Policy 23 (click here for direct objection internet link)

This should be done in conjunction with the Door Step Challenge 10. Proactive people need to go out to neighbours houses especially the ones unknown to them.   Also another useful avenue is to get all friends visiting households to sign the objection letters. Bundles of template letters are available from 10 Darlow Drive if you don’t have access to printers. 

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

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