The Biddenham Society (founded 1965)
Chairman: Dr Tony Wood
Land off Deep Spinney, Biddenham, Bedfordshire
The Biddenham Society opposes this application.
There are many reasons why this application should be refused by the local authority. Most of these have been identified, and are strongly supported, by residents of the village, and no doubt form the basis of numerous objections already submitted. These include:
- Destruction of the fine landscape views across the site towards the river valley
- Loss of the present wildlife-friendly paths through arable farmland with the consequent destruction of habitats
- Reduction of the visual separation of Biddenham from Bromham
- Dangerous entrance and exit proposals for vehicles associated with the site
- Significant increases in traffic through the village and on Bromham Road
- Inadequate schools provision to support the number of properties proposed
- Potentially detrimental effects on the village pond and its associated wildlife
- Overdevelopment of the area with consequent loss of character
In the most recent (2001) report by an independent inspector appointed by the Secretary of State to consider objections to the development of this parcel of land, the inspector states:
- “…development of the scale proposed would seriously diminish the visual attractions of the village edge…and the separation between this fringe area of Bedford and the nearby village of Bromham” (May 2001 Report, section 4.2.30).
This proposal is in conflict with current policy AD43 of the Bedford Borough’s Allocations and Designations Plan, and is contrary to saved Policies BE30 i), BE35 iii), and BE36, of the Local Plan, and Policy CP21 iii) of the Core Strategy and Rural Issues Plan, and we urge its refusal.
Dr Tony Wood
5 February 2018