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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...
The scrap stored at David John Wright's Harter Road home
A Bedford man has been fined £10,000 for storing scrap at his home after he pleaded guilty for breaching a Planning Enforcement Notice. David John Wright, of Harter Road, was ordered...
Owners of a “tired” leisure park near Bedford town centre have been given the green light to redevelop the site and build four blocks of flats that...
Sharnbrook Hotel
Bedford Borough Council has shared its concerns with the Home Office over the plans to use Sharnbrook Hotel to house refugees, a meeting heard. During yesterday’s full council meeting...
Visualisation of the plan for Home of Production. Image: CorkeWallis
Plans for a film and TV studio campus near Stewartby have been given the go-ahead, despite concerns over its impact on local wildlife. Central Bedfordshire Council’s Development Management Committee...
A care home, drive-thru coffee shop and more than 500 apartments could be built in Bedford if plans are approved. A planning application has been submitted for the coffee shop...
McDonald’s and Bedford Borough Council have teamed up to apply for planning permission to build a new fast-food drive-thru restaurant on the outskirts of town...
Another drive-thru coffee shop could open in Bedford  – if new plans are approved. Bedford Borough Council has received plans for a Costa Coffee on land within the existing B&M Bedford (Goldington)...
How the Home of Production (HOP)at Quest Pit Stewartby might look
A former quarry pit, once destined to be a home for an ambitious aquatic project in Stewartby, could now become a state-of-the-art film and television studio. Home of Production (HOP), a newly...
Goldington Avenue planning application parking spaces image LDRS Bedford Borough Council
A Bedford street is losing on-street parking spaces after the Planning Inspectorate’s decision to grant a retrospective planning application for a loft conversion. Bedford Borough Council...
Great Denham Golf Club
A petition to save Great Denham Golf Club has received over 1,700 signatures since it was launched on Friday (3 July). The club is due to close on...
The hand of a builder placing bricks as they build a wall
Bedford Borough Council's planning department has been revealed as one of the worst in the country, according to the council officer in charge. That's according to Government figures...