Biddenham Village Pond – Bedford Local Plan 2035

Bedford Borough Council is preparing a local plan that will set out how much growth there should be in the borough in coming years (housing, jobs and associated infrastructure) and where it should take place. Current planning policy documents look up to 2021 and the new local plan will extend that period up to 2035. It will also include policies that will be used to make decisions on planning applications.

The Council has asked for comments on the consultation paper it has issued about the new plan, together with a number of supporting evidence documents. The consultation period ends on 9 June 2017.

In the Borough Council’s consultation paper an area of land off Gold Lane, Biddenham, and within sites numbered 29 and 691 in the documentation is shown as a potential development area at this stage: that area of land is not immediately adjacent to the village pond. But in a supporting document, the current draft Strategic Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA), the whole of the land in sites 29 and 691 is shown as being suitable, available and achievable for development.

Our village pond is not served by streams or springs and relies on precipitation and run off from adjacent fields for its water, and importantly the entire area surrounding the pond is currently wildlife friendly. Developing all the land in sites 29 and 691, particularly the field to the north of and by the side of the village pond, between the pond and Duck End Lane, would have a significant and substantial practical and aesthetic impact on the pond.

It would threaten the pond’s very survival and the survival of the wide range of wildlife it supports, including rare and protected species, by adversely impacting both run off water to the pond and also the pond’s setting in the presently attractive open and wildlife friendly landscape around it, thereby reducing the scope for and ability of wildlife to migrate to and from the pond and thus the opportunity for sustainable healthy breeding through genetic diversity with other populations.

The Friends has submitted comments, in a letter to the Borough Councill, concluding that given the need to protect and conserve our natural environment, not least species protected by the law, wildlife corridors, and sites of local importance, and to safeguard the future of the village pond, its wildlife and the open wildlife friendly landscape in which the pond sits, it is seeking:

  • At the very minimum, the removal from the threat of development of the field by the side of and to the north of the pond and its retention as open space, that is to its reassessment and recategorisation as land not suitable, available and achievable for development (as was categorised land to the west of that field at Stage 2 of the availability assessment)
  • More substantially, the removal from the threat of development of the whole of the land in sites 29 and 691, south of the A4280, and its retention as open space, and similarly therefore its reassessment and recategorisation as land not suitable, available and achievable for development.

Please do support your village pond by writing to the Borough Council’s Planning Department with your comments. You can send your comments by email to planningforthefuture@bedford.gov.uk or by post to:

Local Plan 2035 consultation
Planning Policy Team
Bedford Borough Council
Borough Hall
Bedford
MK42 9AP

Thank you.

Temporary Closure Bridge End – 29 May 2017

Dear all.

Please find attached a circular letter and plan for a proposed temporary road closure of Bridge End, Bromham Road, Biddenham, for safety during the Bromham Duck Race:-

Letter – Proposed Temporary Road

Bridge End Map

Kind Regards,

Jason Holdsworth.

Highways Technician (Temporary Traffic Management).
Highways & Direct Works,
Bedford Borough Council,
Borough Hall,
Cauldwell Street,
Bedford,
MK42 9AP.
01234-276691.

The Biddenham Cricket Club season is about to start!

The 2017 season at Biddenham CC sees the club expanding its youth section to run an extra team. Teams this year will be run at U9, U11, U13 and U15

Junior training commences at the Pavilion on Monday 17th April and continues each Monday from 6pm until mid July

If you would like to join the youth section please come to the pavilion at 6pm on a Monday evening to register or contact our youth co-ordinator Chris Spurgeon at chris_spurgeon@hotmail.com Senior teams will again operate on Saturdays, Sundays and on Midweek evenings.  The Saturday team will play in Division 1 of the Four Counties League. The Sunday league team are promoted to Division 3 of The Bedfordshire County League.  The Sunday friendly side will operate regularly from mid June until the end of August.   Our Midweek team will play in the Bedford Midweek league and also the Hospital Cup.

If you would like to play for one, or all, of the senior teams please contact our cricket secretary Richard Fone at richard.fone@tesco.net

More details, including subscription rates, can be found on the club website at http://biddenham.play-cricket.com/

Richard Fone

Mobile / Library Link Consultation

The Borough Council have carried out two consultations on the future of the Library Service, with a view to modernising services and delivering savings, following ongoing cuts from central government.

 The council is now asking for resident’s views on how the Mobile Library and Library Link services can deliver a more efficient service through optimisation of their routes and timetables.

For more information click  Mobile library consultation. The Proposed Mobile Library Timetable includes visits to Biddenham.

Orange Recycling Sacks

From Monday 3rd April 2017 rolls of orange recycling sacks will be available to collect free of charge at the following locations:

  • Bedford Central Library
  • Putnoe Library
  • Wootton Library
  • Bromham Library
  • Kempston Town Library
  • The Customer Service Centre, Horne Lane, Bedford
  • Borough Hall, Bedford
  • Some Parish Councils.

Residents no longer need to order sacks online or by phone; they can simply be collected from the above locations.

Biddenham Parish Council are looking to have them available within the village, more details to follow.

 To find out more go to: www.bedford.gov.uk/orangesacks