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Unauthorised shop front at 13 High Street Bedford. Image: Google Streetview June 2023 © Google 2024
Bedford Borough Council has issued 18 breach of condition notices over the last three months, including to developers of a site in Roxton, a meeting heard. The council’s planning committee was given an update...
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A detached Bedford home could become a six-bedroom house in multiple occupation (HMO) and a bedsit – if plans are approved. Bedford Borough Council has received plans to...
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The space over a Bedford retail unit could become a five-bedroom “house in multiple occupation” (HMO), if plans are approved by the borough council.Bedford Borough Council has received a planning application...
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Research by a home insurer has placed Bedford Borough in last place when it comes to gaining planning permission for home renovations. But the Borough Council said it doesn’t recognise the report’s...
Bedford Borough Council CEO, Laura Church. Image: Bedford Borough Council
Bedfordshire’s top council officers’ salaries have been published in the latest TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) Town Hall Rich List. The three council’s chief executives (Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and...
The first directly-elected Mayor of Bedford Borough, Frank Branston. Image: Bedford Borough Council
With its creation in 1974, Bedford Borough Council is 50 years old this year. To help mark their anniversary, we've given them a chance to look back at how our local authority has evolved and impacted...
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The Universal Studios theme park, which could come to Bedford and is currently still going through feasibility studies by owners Comcast, could finally be considered by the government under...
The smell that hangs over homes near a Bedford KFC is “already horrendous” an objector has said over plans to change a fast food site to a drive-thru. Bedford Borough Council has received...
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Bedford Borough Council celebrates its 50th 'birthday' this month, having been the local authority for Bedford Borough since 1974. To mark the celebration, this is the first of three articles that will look...
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The government is concerned that some councils are using traffic fines to raise revenue – but Bedford Borough Council said these fines are to encourage safety. The Secretary of State for Transport...
The 22 new housing team recruits. Image: Bedford Borough Council
Bedford Borough Council has expanded its housing team to help tackle homelessness and increase support services for rough sleepers with 22 new recruits. "It's going to speed up our efforts...
Bromham Mill Entrance in 2021 Screenshot Google Streetview (C)2024 Google Image Capture October 2021. Image: LDRS
Further concerns have been raised of “the over-development” of Bromham Mill by Bromham Residents Group who packed out a parish council meeting to demonstrate their anger at proposals earlier this week...