Update – Outline planning application for up to 160 dwellings including vehicular access

The deadline is fast approaching – 30th January 2019 for this application. There have been over 900 objections so far but we need many more to give weight to our feelings about this development. Many of you have already objected to this development. The Parish council thanks you for this. Please however make a final effort to ask friends, family and neighbours to make that final objection count.

There has been some concern that the Borough have not received or processed some objections. The Parish Council have been assured that all objections will be processed. The Borough are running a backlog. The Borough have stated they will acknowledge every objection individually.

The simplest and easiest way to object is to register at :-have-a-say.co.uk

If you or your friends don’t want to use the internet or feel able to engage with neighbours and friends, please print out a letter from the link below:- 


Door Step Challenge 10 – Gold Lane Development – Part 2


Update – Outline planning application for up to 160 dwellings including vehicular access

To date over 242 objection letters have been received by the Bedford Borough Council. In some cases the Council have consolidated household signatures as one entry on the portal. Do not worry about this as the Borough Council have assured us that household signatures will be counted separately when they make their final count.

Please continue to engage with neighbours, friends and families using the door step challenge.  65 separate letters have been received from the door step challenge plus 13 letters from the 1st Friday Lunch club. This is in addition to the 242 signatures above, the Borough council will update these in the portal shortly.

Please reach out to people living outside Biddenham by encouraging them to use the link: www.have-a-say.co.uk/goldlane,this is the simplest way to get signatures. There has been some concern that registration has not occurred via this method as delays have occurred. Again rest assured the objections will get counted as the Borough Council is performing governance checks on these.

Many thanks to all the volunteers who have engaged with their communities.

We still need many more. All objections count so make yours count!

Reminder – Door Step Challenge 10 – Gold Lane Development – Part 2

We are now in the middle of the seasonal holidays and this is a perfect opportunity to engage with neighbours, friends and families using the door step challenge.  I have already received template letters back but we need many more. To date over 100 objections have been received by the Bedford Borough Council but we need many more. All objections count so make yours count!

Objecting to 160 houses being built in West of Gold Lane, Biddenham

An outline planning application 18/03100/MAO has been made for up to 160 dwellings including vehicular access from Gold Lane. Click here to see a detailed view of the plan. There are a number of ways to object to this planning application.

  • The simplist way to do this, is to  click here: www.have-a-say.co.uk/goldlane
  • Go to the Borough Council portal directly to register a letter and object , but this is more involved.
  • If you have already objected, please encourage all other adults in your household and neighbourhood. Use the Door step challenge 10  for people uncomfortable with the internet or need a nudge.

A letter will be going out to all residents in Biddenham  from the Parish Council with a detailed explanation about why this plan should be rejected and what people should do.


Door Step Challenge 10 – Gold Lane Development – Part 2

Lioncourt have in the last few days made a second application  (18/03100/MAO) to build 160 homes on the land West of Gold Lane. In order to galvanise all communication streams to object to this proposal, it has been decided to re-instigate the door step challenge 10. The challenge is targeted at people who do not use the internet or need some encouragement to make an objection.

With the Door Step Challenge 10, the idea is to urge people to print copies  of the Template letter 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:-

With the deadline fast approaching – Wednesday 9th January 2019, it is imperative that action is taken immediately. Lioncourt believe people wont bother registering an objection over the Christmas period. In fact this is an advantage to us, as we can in addition to asking neighbours, ask friends and relations visiting over the festive period, to sign copies of the letter.  

If  you manage to get a bundle of completed letters together, can you please forward to :-
Joe Warren, 10 Darlow Drive (Hard copy template letters available at this address)
Template Letter Gold Lane Development 18 03100 MAO

The letters will be batched and sent to the Borough Council directly

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

Outline planning application for up to 160 dwellings including vehicular access

An outline planning application 18/03100/MAO has been made for up to 160 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. All matters are reserved except for access. All residents who have previously submitted an objection to this development should have received a paper copy through the post from the Borough Council. To access the Borough Council Portal directly, in order to make an objection, please click here

The Parish Council are fully aware of this application. More information will follow shortly regarding actions to be taken.

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