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Fox and Hounds, Goldington Road, Bedford Image: Screenshot Google Streetview (c)2023 Google Image captured Nov 2020
Plans to change the use of a Bedford pub have returned after three refusals and two dismissed appeals since 2021. Bedford Borough Council has received a fourth application...
Extra Care Wixams / Screenshot Google Street View (C)2024 Google Image capture October 2021. Image: LDRS
Bedford Borough Council planners have not sought a financial contribution for the “existing Wixams Surgery Practice” from a retirement village’s expansion, a meeting heard. The Planning Committee...
Professional worker using pan knife for building brick walls with cement and mortar planning new homes builder building Image Adobe Stock:aboutmomentsimages
If approved, plans to build up to 180 new homes in Great Barford would be “flying in the face” of the Neighbourhood Plan processes, three objectors have claimed...
Land adjacent to 19 Rosedale Way, Kempston/Screenshot Google Street View (C)2024 Image capture June 2023. Image: LDRS
Plans to build on a patch of land in Kempston have been resubmitted after the original application was refused. The planning application to build a detached home on land adjacent to 19 Rosedale Way...
Violet Alison (10) and Eleanor Casey (11) enjoying the Oasis Beach Pool party. Image: Bedford Independent
Oasis Beach Pool officially opened today (Tuesday) and hundreds of Bedfordians came along to celebrate 'Hawaiian style' with a beach party to remember, and I loved it. Walking...
The Cricketers Arms, Goldington Road screenshot Google Streetview (C)2023 Google Image capture May 2023
Yet another planning application to convert a former Bedford pub has been submitted to Bedford Borough Council. In the last three years, two applications have been made to change...
Children fun swimming pool play water leisure Image: Adobe Stock/davit85
The new management team looking after Bedford Borough Council's leisure services have said that they want customers to know they will be listened to and that their needs will come first as they...
Cllr Colleen Atkins (Labour) Harpur Ward, deputy speaker Bedford Borough Council. Image Bedford labour Group
Popular Haprur Ward counillor, Colleen Atkins (Labour) has been appointed deputy speaker of Bedford Borough Council First elected in 1988, Colleen has served on many...
Rough Sleeper black and white
Bedford Borough Council has secured the first thirteen homes under a new scheme to ensure a supply of temporary accommodation for people who are homeless. Speaking about the scheme cllr...
Bedford Borough Hall Bedford Borough council signage and entrance
Homeowners in Great Denham and Kempston West can look forward to having an additional council charge removed within two years. This followed a Bedford Borough Council committee saying that it...
Broadway House, Broadway, Bedford Screenshot Google Streetview (C)2024 Google Image capture June 2023. Image: LDRS
Five additional apartments could be built on Bedford’s Broadway, if plans are approved. Developers have submitted a planning application to Bedford Borough Council to build a roof extension on Broadway...
Aerial screenshot of area near the Interchange Retail Park in Kempston that could be developed.
More drive-thrus and another supermarket could be coming to Kempston following a ‘screening opinion’ application submitted to Bedford Borough Council. The application...