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Site for new Costa drive-thru off Riverfield Drive Screenshot video recording of Bedford Borough Council\'s Planning Committee Meeting 26/2/24 Image: LDRS
Bedford will have another coffee drive-thru after planning was approved for a site off Riverfield Drive. A 24-hour Costa will be built by the B&M store despite objections from residents and their...
Land adjacent to 19 Rosedale Way, Kempston/Screenshot Google Street View (C)2024 Image capture June 2023. Image: LDRS
A new home on a patch of land in Kempston will meet the “minimum size standards” and “will not have an adverse effect” on future occupiers, a developer has claimed. Bedford Borough Council has...
Terraced houses
The government has said its changes to the planning rules will “protect” residents from being pushed out of their communities by excessive short-term lets. But Bedford Borough Council said this would...
38 Harter Road, Kempston. Screenshot Google Streetview (c)2024 Image capture May 2019. Image: LDRS
If approved, plans to convert a Kempston house to a children’s home would bring “significant benefits” to the local community, an applicant has claimed. Bedford Borough Council has received an application...
31 Bedford Road, Great Barford Screenshot Google Street View (C)2024 Image capture May 2023 Image- LDRS
A Great Barford coffee shop could become a chippy – if plans are approved. The applicants applying to change the use of the coffee shop at 31 Bedford Road said the café has “not proved viable”, hence...
Artist's impression of Grace Community Hub in Kempston. Image: Grace Community Church
A planning application for a community hub in Kempston has been welcomed by the Borough Council, but local councillors and the MP are opposing the project. A hybrid planning application by the...
Approximate location for proposed new homes in Harrold. Image: Screenshot Google My Maps Map Data (C)2023 Imagery (C)2023 CNES:Airbus, Getmapping plc, Infoterra ltd & Bluesky, Maxar Technologies, The GeoInformation Group
A planning application for new homes in Harrold is the “same rejected application dressed up as a change of use”, an objector has claimed. Last month an application for 17 new homes – including the six...
Screenshot of site taken from the applicant's supporting statement Image: LDRS
It’s now too late to enforce planning conditions to restore a Stewartby quarry, planning consultants have claimed. An application for a certificate of lawfulness has been sent to Bedford Borough...
The approximate location of the proposed development (for indication only, it does not follow the exact boundaries) Screenshot Google My Maps - Map Data (C)2023
Up to 1,000 new homes could be coming to a village near Bedford, if planning is approved. A hybrid planning application for a development in Shortstown has been submitted to Bedford Borough Council...
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...
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...
A planning application for a new coffee drive-thru outlet in Kempston has been submitted to Bedford Borough Council. The application site is located to the south of The...