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Woodland Manor
A bid to build four homes on an historic hotel’s land has been rejected by a Government planning inspector. Bedford Council had rejected the planning...
Wixams warehouse
Residents of Wixams have said they feel like they are being 'deliberately ignored' by Bedford Borough Council's planning department and claim their...
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...
Goldington Road Bedford Blues
Bedfordians have expressed concern, after it was revealed the Bedford Blues ground on Goldington Road has been listed in a 'call for sites' that could be used for development. A 'call for sites' is...
Battison Street billboard
An old-fashioned paper advertising billboard is set to go digital after a planning inspector overturned the council’s refusal of consent. Clear Channel UK appealed to the Government’s Planning...
Stagsden Solar Power Plant Site
A solar power station straddling the borders of Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes, could be on the cards after developers approached three councils for their opinions...
King Street, Kempston
A socially distanced visit will be arranged so councillors can see a Kempston street’s parking problems. Councillors heard there is opposition from...
Controversial plans for a hot food takeaway in a Bedford borough village hinge on whether officers at the council can reach an acceptable legal agreement...
Great Denham Golf Club
A crowd-funder to protect the land occupied by the Bedford Golf Club in Great Denham more than doubled its original target in just 48 hours and...
Bromham. Image credit: ADC Films
Councillors have been invited to have another go at making a planning decision that was already on the brink of being signed off. Bedford Borough Council’s lawyers have advised the planning...
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...
The hand of a builder placing bricks as they build a wall
Planning, it’s never far from the headlines nationally, or locally. The rule book rewritten in 2012 and the Regional Spatial Strategies abandoned. Eight years on and the headlines are full of talk...