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

Bromham Road Resurfacing Works

Bromham Road is set to be resurfaced over the course of 6 weeks, starting on 1st October and finishing by 9th November.

The resurfacing works will cover Bromham Road from Dame Alice Street to just past Dynevor Road. There will also be some drainage repair and kerbing replacement carried out during the course of these works, as well as preparatory works for future traffic signal upgrades at the Union Street and Greyfriars junctions.

As many local residents and businesses know, Bromham Road is a major traffic route for Bedford. As such, the Council has planned these vital resurfacing and repair works to minimise disruption to road users, and people in the area.

The works will be carried out overnight from 8pm-6am, with the road re-opened during the day to minimise traffic disruptions. The works will also be carried out in three phases which will limit the amount of Bromham Road that will be closed at any one time and allow for suitable traffic diversions.

Phase One runs from Shakespeare Road to Conduit Road, Phase Two from Conduit Road to just past Greyfriars and Phase Three from that junction to Dame Alice Street.

Cllr Charles Royden, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Transport said “We apologise for any inconvenience this road closure will cause; these are crucial works for this major road in and out of Bedford.  Local residents and businesses will receive letters alerting them to the works, and on-site notice boards and signage placed on major junctions in the town will give advance notice of this closure.”


Bedford Borough Council – Draft Local Plan 2030

On Thursday Bedford Borough Council published their updated Draft Local Plan, which takes planning policy to2030. It is not surprisingly a lengthy tome, and short on  humour  Draft Local Plan 2030

Despite the objections of many people earlier this year the two policies that may impact Biddenham are still there; Policy 19 on page 53, and Policy 23 on page 57. This is not great news, but don’t be downhearted. Any objections that have been made will go forward to the Planning Inspectorate for consideration alongside the Borough Draft. The upside is the Borough have changed their views on flood risks: They are now being a lot more cautious, and in the fullness of time this might scupper would be developers’ plans to concrete over too much of Biddenham!

Jon Gambold

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 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


The first green waste collections of 2018

The first garden waste collections of 2018 will take place in Biddenham on Wednesday 14th March 2018. As there has been no collection during the last 3 months the green waste may have hardened during this period. There is no excuse for the collection not to take place on this basis as the operators should make the effort to release all waste. If you experience issues please contact the Borough Council direct.

For all details regarding the collection service, please click Bin collections then enter your post code details.