Bedford Borough Local Plan 2030 – Examination


Bedford Borough Council has submitted the above local plan to the Secretary of State for examination.

The Bedford Borough Local 2030 sets out borough wide planning policies and makes specific site allocations and land designations in the borough.  It provides detailed proposals to meet the borough’s development requirements up to 2030.  The Bedford Borough Local Plan 2030 covers the whole of the Bedford borough administrative area.

Paper copies of the Local Plan 2030: Plan for Submission and supporting documents are available to view at the Council’s Customer Service Centre in Horne Lane, Bedford and at the following libraries during normal opening hours:

  • Bedford Central Library, Harpur Street, Bedford
  • Bromham Library, Springfield Drive, Bromham
  • Kempston Library, Halsey Road, Kempston
  • Putnoe Library, Putnoe Street, Bedford
  • Wootton Library, Lorraine Road, Wootton

Paper copies of the Plan for Submission only are available to view at the following libraries during normal opening hours.

  • Bedford Mobile Library
  • Biggleswade Library, Chestnut Avenue, Biggleswade
  • Flitwick Library, Coniston Road, Flitwick
  • Rushden Library, Newton Road, Rushden
  • St. Neots Library, Priory Lane, St Neots

The Plan for Submission, supporting documents and representations received can be viewed on the Council’s website at

Planning Policy Team

Bedford Borough Council

* 4th Floor, Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AP

‘ 01234 718070

All general planning information is available on our website:  

 However, if the information is not available online, you will need to complete a request for advice on our pre-application enquiry form and pay the appropriate fee. Full information of this service and the online enquiry form can be found via this link

Recycle Your Christmas Tree

After the Christmas celebrations are over and all the decorations are down don’t forget to recycle your real Christmas tree.

25 tonnes of real Christmas trees were collected from the Council’s collection points across Bedford Borough last year; make sure yours is one of the lucky ones sent for composting.

Real Christmas trees can be dropped off at one our Christmas tree recycling sites between Friday 28th December and Friday 11th January. Sites include:

  • Hillgrounds Road, Kempston – Opposite the shops near Hartwell Drive
  • Jubilee Park, Bedford – Opposite North Lodge, Canvin Way
  • Milton Ernest Garden Centre – Radwell Road
  • Mowsbury Park car park – off Kimbolton Road
  • Podington Garden Centre – High Street, Podington
  • Roxton Garden Centre – Bedford Road, Roxton near A1 Black Cat roundabout
  • Seasons Garden Centre, Wilstead – Bedford Road, Wilstead
  • Household Waste Recycling Centre – Barkers Lane, Bedford.

Cllr Charles Royden, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Transport said “Our Christmas tree recycling sites are open for two weeks after Christmas, ready for Christmas trees to be dropped off for free. Real Christmas trees are biodegradable, and getting it composted is a great and green way to deal with your tree after Christmas.”

Please make sure all decorations and containers are removed before you drop your tree off.

To get alerts about bin collections, and tips for Christmas recycling sign up to the Council’s email bulletins at


Peter’s Picturehouse: New Year’s Day ‘feel good’ event!

After our fabulous launch party in December, we would like to invite you to join us at our second event on New Year’s Day, 1 st January 2019. We have booked to show the 2018 smash hit film ‘Mama Mia! Here we go again’ (Certificate PG). Doors open at 5.30pm and the film show starts at 6.00pm. The cast includes Pierce Brosnan, Julie Walters, Colin Firth, Amanda Seyfried and Meryl Streep and has been praised for its musical numbers.

Tickets, available on the door, are priced at £5. Before the performance and in the interval there will be the chance to buy a cup of coffee or tea or a glass or more of wine. We will also be selling tubs of ice cream.

We are very grateful to the generous contributions we have received from both Peter Culverwell and the Biddenham Show committee, which have allowed us to set up this village event. We hope to show a film on every first Tuesday of the month. We do need your support though! We are planning our February film, which will be shown on Tuesday 5th February. During the year we would like to include something to suit a wide range of tastes, so watch for posters on the village notice boards so that you don’t miss out!

At our December showing of The Theory of Everything, the village hall was packed out and the event was very sociable. Do come along on Tuesday 1 st January 2019 to enjoy the film, refreshments and company, everyone is welcome. If you have any questions or suggestions please email:

Biddenham Crime statistics – November 2018

For the month of November 2018, please find below a link containing crime stats from Bedfordshire Police.  As usual they have been sanitised so that people or houses cannot be identified.

The database does not record ASB’s (Anti – Social Behaviour)

Please click link below for crime related to Biddenham and Great Denham. The data has been filtered appropriately:-

Crime stats new Nov 2018

Dave Girling

Thank you

The last Green bin collections of  2018

The last Green bin collections of  2018  will take place on Wednesday 21st November 2018 in Biddenham. Please ensure you fill the bin as much as possible as no further green waste will be collected until March 2019.

Green collections will resume from March 2019. Exact dates will be published nearer the time.

For reference you can check your bin collection day and type in the Bedford Council web page online bin collection day finder

Biddenham Crime statistics – October 2018

For the month of October 2018, please find below a link containing crime stats from Bedfordshire Police.  As usual they have been sanitised so that people or houses cannot be identified.

The database does not record ASB’s (Anti – Social Behaviour)

Please click link below for crime related to Biddenham and Great Denham. The data have been filtered appropriately:-

Crime stats North sanitised Oct 2018

Note the large number of incidents relating to “Interference with a motor vehicle”

Dave Girling

Thank you

The Biddenham Remembrance service 2018

The Biddenham Remembrance service took place at the war memorial. The service was especially poignant as it was 100 years since the end of  World War 1.  The service was led by Paul Fricker. Joseph Mummery played the Last Post and John Daniels lowered the flag.  Terry Platt and Peter Culverwell laid the wreaths.

A larger crowd than seen for many years assembled, and the weather cheered up for the event, which was nice (although it was a bit blustery). The crowd was also in good voice and sang “Oh God Our Help in Ages Past” and the national anthem – rather well

Some photos of the service can be viewed below:


















iPhone 7 found at the Pavilion

A silver and black iPhone 7 has been handed into St James’ Primary School. The phone was found on the field at Biddenham Pavilion at the weekend. If you know of anyone that have lost their phone please ask them to make contact with the school office – 01234 352721.

Many thanks for your help.

Coming soon to Biddenham Village Hall: Peter’s Picturehouse

We are excited to announce our launch party on Tuesday 4th December, when we would like to welcome you to the showing of our first film, ‘The Theory of Everything’ (Certificate 12) in Peter’s Picturehouse in Biddenham Village Hall at 7.30pm. This is the story of Jane and Stephen Hawking, the eminent Physicist who died earlier this year. The normal charge for tickets will be £5, payable on the door, but our launch party film showing is free!

Please do join us to experience the film on our large screen, bringing a cushion if you wish to bolster the comfort of our (already padded) chairs. We will be selling coffee, tea, wine and ice cream from 7pm and hope that you will want to join us again on the first Tuesday of each month when we plan to show a popular film.

Next month, our Peter’s Picturehouse showing will be on Tuesday 1 st January 2019, when we will show ‘Mama Mia! Here we go again’ (Certificate PG). Come and recover from New Year’s Eve by watching this optimistic and jolly film! In view of the date, we will open at 5.30pm. Suitable refreshments, especially ice cream, will be on sale before the film starts at 6.00pm. The first Tuesday in February is Tuesday 5 th February, when we plan to show, starting at 7.30pm, the Oscar winning film, ‘Three Billboards outside Epping, Missouri’ (Certificate 15), a crime-drama starring Frances McDormand.

If you have any questions about Peter’s Picturehouse, please contact Marihelen on: 07710288933 or Poster Details