The following is a statement issued by Bidwells, the company who, on behalf of the land-owners, manage the old golf course land between Biddenham and Great Denham.

Since the closure of the golf course in October 2020 sheep are now grazing the grass on rotation and various maintenance has been carried out. Turning to the old clubhouse and its regeneration. We have been in discussions with a well-respected nursery operator with over 23 years’ experience in the sector. They are vastly experienced in developing new nurseries and in the past have built 3 nurseries from greenfield sites and converted a farm house into national award-winning setting. Most recently they built Toybox, now Busy Bees in Great Denham. Their experience and local knowledge will ensure the clubhouse is turned into an outstanding nursery. Their application to convert the building is currently under review.A planning application will follow in due course for the green keepers shed for change of use to light industrial, as previously reported.We are in communications with the Rights of Way Inspector to install new and improve the current footpath markers to help show the locations of the paths. The footpaths will be maintained and should any issues arise we would be grateful if they could be fed back to the Clerk of the Parish Council so we can address matters of concern. Please can we take this opportunity to remind everyone that the land is no longer a golf course and therefore under absolutely no circumstances is golf to be played on this land.Regarding the wider land, ongoing consideration is being given to the potential utilisation of the “Public Money for Public Goods” post-Brexit Agriculture Bill. Until such a point that this is confirmed the Trustees are not in a position to be able to make any long term decisions.We are also aware that the matter of security is a concern to many residents. This is a matter we will consistently monitor and will amend our strategy if required.

They are naturally keen to see the old clubhouse converted into something that generates income, and it is fair to say that the prospective nursery operators they mention do have a good track record. There is currently a planning application you can comment on via the Bedford Borough planning website for this change of use. Click here and enter the application number 20/02846/FUL. You have until 3rd Feb if you want to comment.

Biddenham Parish Council.

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