As a teenager I lived with my Dad in what we called our ‘Batchelor pad’ in the centre of a town not far away. During a turbulent time in my life, my Dad was made redundant from...
An outline planning application for 20 new homes in Wootton has been submitted to Bedford Borough Council. The application from Rainier Developments is to develop land to...
I first became homeless when I was 15. At 16 I was put in a bedsit by social services and left to it – I had no idea of what to do. Then I spent the next 15 years living in hostels and...
A local councillor has slammed estate management companies for the "iniquitous and mind-boggling" charges faced by residents in Great Denham. Cllr Jim Weir...
Bricks - Building
Bedford borough will have to find sites for an additional 12,000 new homes following changes to government calculations, a meeting heard. Bedford mayor, Dave Hodgson told the...
Today's Guest Editor post is written by barrister, Araba Taylor, one of the trustees of the JustUs charity.  If I ruled the world… If I could change thing to improve the situation of the homeless...
Houseboats at Priory Marina, Bedford. Image: Max McMurdo/@maxreestore/Instagram
Plans to change 22 moorings at Bedford’s Priory Marina into residential ones have been submitted. The change would increase the number of residential moorings at the Barkers Lane marina...
The first Guest Editor post from JustUs is written by 14-year-old Kieran and powerfully describes the often overlooked impact of homelessness on children. ..
Terraced houses
Landlords in Bedford have been accused of ‘rent farming’ at poor quality supported accommodation. The issue was highlighted in a report on the council’s homeless strategy...
Simon Hollands from Hollands Smith has partnered with the Bedford Independent to share his thoughts on the housing market over the last 12 months. As 2021 draws to a close the emphasis – unfortunately – again...
A former care home will be converted into 13 flats providing supported living accommodation to people with learning difficulties. The transformation of the former Darrell Jeffreys...
Rough Sleeper black and white
Almost 200 people claiming to be homeless and sleeping rough in Bedford borough could not be found by support teams. At the borough council’s Housing Committee meeting...