The Developers  will be holding an exhibition for the new housing development on the Farmland West of Gold Lane on Tuesday 21st November at the Church Barn from 1.30-7pm.

The developers have set up a website Gold Lane Biddenham, which at this stage is just advertising the event, with an opportunity to provide feedback. After the exhibition day all material that has been on display will be available on the website. All subsequent updates about the development will be published on their website.

Although this is short notice this a perfect opportunity for all residents of Biddenham village to have their say on this development whether by attending the event directly or providing feedback via their website

Comments (37)

  • Pam Ackroyd

    This was far too short notice for it to be in any way meaningful. Most people will not have known about it and indicates a lack of concern and cynicism about people’s views.

  • Robert Cristofoli

    The Parish Council have failed to keep the village informed of the proposed major housing development and commercial centre of 300 houses at Gold Lane. It has not been discussed by the Parish Council or published in the council minutes in recent months. How the Biddenham Society can say this is the least worst option of the development proposals for the village is wrong because of the size of the development. Previous proposals for building on this land have been rejected because of Coalescence between Biddenham and Bromham.

  • jenny Barnes

    yes far too short notice. This together with the intended development of the land that Biddenham House stands on will mean the end of a ‘Village’

  • ian cruickshank

    Six days notice for the meeting is wholly inadequate and shows a complete disregard for the interests and views of residents. I for one will be unable to attend. Whatever the Parish Council may have done behind the scenes, it has failed in its attempt (if any) to alert villagers to the sheer scale and impact of these proposals on village life in Biddenham. It will affect the whole village, not just the western end, but residents outside of the Gold Lane area seem to be blissfully unaware of what is about to hit them.

  • Glenn Taylor

    On a positive note why do the villagers not consider and organise a mass demonstration at this event. Peaceful of course but labelled `enough is enough`.
    This could be recorded, videoed photographed and be the first indication of an en mass movement against this proposed development.
    The letter received through my door turned by stomach as a Biddenham resident of 42 years. Surely a movement of the people needs to be organised.
    This is my business so some might call me a hypocrite but I genuinely believe this now going to far and is totally profit (promoter driven) orientated and on absolute no best interest to the village.

  • Andrea Clarkson

    There should be several week’s notice for a meeting of this importance & I am unable to attend. The proposed development is wholly inappropriate for a village the size of Biddenham.

  • Glenn Taylor

    I see a few comments about short notice, of course it is, that is there whole intention it is a tactic.
    And the village must take the nettle….

  • Sue Coleman

    I totally agree with the above comments. This is far too short notice for most people. There has been a total lack of notification of any kind other than on the Biddenham village website. I am only aware of this meeting because a neighbour alerted me.

  • Sophie

    Apart from the lack of consultation and information to date, the time of the meeting is not suitable for people who work, particularly London commuters.
    Biddenham continues to lose its identity as a village, and residents should be given a fair opportunity to voice their concerns.

  • Robert Cristofoli

    It is the people living in Biddenham who should decide on the future plans for the development of the village not Bedford Borough and Property Developers. They .seem to decide on our behalf without even consulting us. We all know that housing development is not for the benefit of Biddenham people but is for the benefit of the property developer. The Parish Council and the residents beware.

  • Sophie

    I emailed Jack Austin about the notice period & times of the meeting and I’ve pasted part of his response below. I’ve also spoken with neighbours who seem to be unaware of the scale of this housing development. Jack Austin writes that Biddenham is a “small village”. It wont be small, or a village, if they build 300 houses on it!

    His reply;

    “this notice period is standard for public exhibitions. In our experience, we have found the exhibition often gets forgotten if we advertise too early.

    As for your second question, the meeting ends at 7pm as that was the only availability with the venue. We actually looked to extend the meeting until 8pm but were unable to. The venue was booked over a month ago and this date at these times was all that was possible. As you will know, Biddenham is only a small village and any other venues were not within the community.”

  • M Gibson

    And as for Biddenham house? There is speculation that it will be sold and an application made to demolish it and build three new homes. Biddenham is losing its identity. The current provision of services in Bedford is poor and with more housing comes more demand on the basics of education, healthcare and policing not to mention traffic gridlock. And, what local jobs will be provided? Overall a lack of joined up thinking for the future.

  • Liz Borland

    I have just returned from the ‘consultation’ and am absolutely dismayed at what is being proposed. I agree with the earlier comment about a mass protest from all residents. We will have to stand together to fight this and not approach it peacemeal as the impact will be lost. What is the Parish Council intending to do about this in terms of galvanising al the residents ? I was very disappointed at the lack of attendance from Mr Gambold and Mr Rigby, do they not care about what is being proposed? I do not feel the residents of Biddenhan are being kept well informed about this proposal but I will now make it my job to make sure that I absolutely know what is being proposed for this village. If this development goes ahead we will lose our uniqueness our heritage and our identity you may as well re-label us as Bedford or great Denham. Liz Borland

  • Robert Cristofoli

    I attended the public consultation at the church barn. The proposed new housing estate is for 300 houses with one access road coming out onto Gold Lane. 600 cars will be coming and going onto Gold Lane from the estate. There is no landscaping and tree planting to screen the housing estate from existing established Biddenham housing in Gold Lane and Thorpe Close as was done when the Deep Spinney estate was built some years ago.This is a disaster for the village and the Parish Council and our councillors need to get involved.

  • Sophie

    Contact details/email address for our two elected councillors can be found on this site. I’d like to suggest contacting them directly, it may evoke a response.
    This is our village – and it won’t be if the little remaining land surrounding it gets filled in. Apart from the traffic & lack of infrestucture, it will have a huge impact on the environment. In addition, the land by the pond is home to protected species. (As I understand it).
    I don’t understand why there’s been such little information, and why so few people in the village seem to know about it.

  • Robert Cristofoli

    The developers will be making a separate planning application to Bedford Borough now and not wait for the 2035 local plan. If approved the building could start this year or next in 2017/18.
    Ther are no facilities for Biddenham people to make comments on the developers websit of Gold Lane Biddenham as advised by the Parish Council.

    • Council Administrator

      Robert,

      The Parish Council have not failed to keep the village informed. This whole matter only came to our attention following initial contact from Lioncourt on 12th October and was discussed at our next meeting on November 8th. Between these dates a closed meeting with Lioncourt occurred, which was the first time we had any inkling that they were proposing such a large development. We agree with you their plans and formative application should be rejected, amongst many reasons, for contravening the Borough’s stated AD42 policy which protects the land separating Bromham and Biddenham.

      Our chairman’s write up for the Biddenham Loop of our last council meeting will contain a significant section on this matter. His articles are also available on this website under Parish Council / Council Documents / Chairman’s Report.

      Biddenham Parish Council

      By the way there is no facility provided directly by the Parish Council. There is however a link provided by the developers in the following page :-
      https://www.goldlanebiddenham.com/

      • Liz borland

        Thank you for your update Parish Council. However what are the next steps on this from the Parish Council? See my earlier question on this. What are Messes Gambold and Rigby doing to support our opposition ? Liz Borland

        • Council Administrator

          Hi Liz,

          I refer to the statement released yesterday http://biddenham.org.uk/update-public-consultation-meeting-farmland-west-of-gold-lane-biddenham/
          There is no further update at this stage. You will need to contact Messes Gambold and Rigby for their own opinion. Their email addresses are available in the following location http://biddenham.org.uk/council-members/

          • Glenn Taylor

            In the absence of any Parish Council or Society action and the report that its in the hands of Councillors Rigby and Gambould ( two very able gentlemen) there is a small group forming which is to encourage the supporting of the Councillors by the Parish and the Society in the form of gaining professional planning consultancy advice.
            This action will also fully explain to the community the exact position we find ourselves in and what actions can be realistically taken to protect our village from development. I have said before development is a done deal and it is, it is across the Country but I believe we can take some control over the process. A letter will be issued to the Parish and the Society in the next 48 hours and we hope the response will be positive and pro active. We sincerely hope we are not `put down simply as nimbyists` as many voices have been before.
            Anyone is welcome to join the crusade if they have an interest in learning where we are in the process and what we can do about it or indeed like us want to know how best to put up a fight.

          • Liz Borland

            Thanks, I have contacted both councillors and Jonathan Gambold responded saying a positive meeting had been held with the Borough on the proposed development.

          • Liz Borland

            Thanks, I have contacted both councillors and Jonathan Gambold responded saying a positive meeting had been held with the Borough on the proposed development.

    • Ian Cruickshank

      I find it surprising/strange that the Parish Council learnt about this so late in the day. I have known about it since 28 June and advised some neighbours about it then. Bedford Borough Council put information about the proposed development on their web site around the same time. Why did it take some 4 months for the PC to hear about it? I would have thought they and other Biddenham groups were “interested parties”, to be included in any meaningful consultation? Incidentally, the plans I saw in June included some retail shops, including a mini-supermarket, and social housing amongst the new proposed buildings.

    • ian cruickshank

      Re my previous comment, my reference to 28 June is to 2016 (not 2017), so I apparently knew about these plans 16 months before the PC! Tempus fugit.

  • Sophie

    Moderators, please can you explain why you’ve not allowed my comment?
    I suggested anyone concerned might contact our councillors using the public information published on your page.
    My comment about protected species is from a Wikipedia entry. I’m totally baffled as to why that’s been moderated! I’d be most grateful if you You could clarify, thanks.

    • Council Administrator

      Sophie, give it a chance, your comment was made 45 minutes ago. I have now approved you comment. I approve all comments if names are provided.

      • Sophie

        Sorry, it looked from my end like you’d remove it. Glad to see it back, thank you.

  • Liz Borland

    Glen Taylor I would be interested in joining the crusade and providing support. How do I become involved ?

    My email address is

    borlandelizabeth@yahoo.co.uk

    Thanks Liz Borland

  • Robert Cristofoli

    Glen Taylor – I would be pleased to join the crusade.
    My email – robertcristofoli@gmail.com
    Let me know
    Many thanks Robert

  • Martin Gibson

    We attended the event and thought it looked like a sales event, not a consultation. The preferred alternative to support the environment is to transform the area in to a country park / nature reserve which will benefit all residents.
    We are also willing to support the crusade. Our email gg1000@waitrose.com

    Martin & Fiona Gibson

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