Bedford Tigers v Bedford Queens – Saturday, 20 April, Kings Field Sports and Community Centre, Biddenham

Bedford Tigers (Rugby League) will be playing Bedford Queens (Rugby Union) in a charity match on Saturday, 20 April 2019, kick off at 2.00 pm, at the Kings Field Sports and Community Centre, Biddenham.

One half of the match will be played with League code rules and the other with Union code rules.



Photo courtesy of Gary Ingerson, Rocket Brand Communications

former Biddenham sewage pumping station – Demolished!

Five bedroom contemporary house proposed for site of former Biddenham sewage pumping station:

Surprised that Biddenham has a defunct sewage pumping station? Although in a popular spot, few will have noticed it as nature has virtually reclaimed the territory.

First question – where is it? Just off Bromham Road, by the bridge, close to the kissing gate entrance to the river valley park, and behind the heritage trail notice board and the small ‘fishermen’s car park’. Despite being within the flood plain, many would see this as a highly desirable spot for a house, but to approve the application would indeed be a travesty.

There are no existing properties on the south side of this lengthy section of Bromham Road. and once off the road the walker is surrounded on all sides by delightful open countryside and the panorama of the river valley. The area is of significant heritage and archaeological interest, as emphasised by its inclusion on the Biddenham Heritage Trail which passes along the western boundary of the site, and the proximity of the historic Bromham Bridge. A new property in such an outstanding area of amenity would be a visual aberration, and anathema to the rural setting. Access from the site is extremely dangerous, producing a major blind spot for all traffic travelling east from the bridge. The society is therefore recommending rejection.

To view plans: go to and click the link ‘To view and comment on planning applications’. Enter the planning application number 18/03253/FUL   and click Search – Documents – View associated documents.

To submit comments: register on the above site and submit on the internet, or send by e-mail as a pdf attachment to quoting the reference and your full name and address.

Closing date for responses: 11 February 2019.

Tony Wood



War Memorial – Biddenham

An application (18/02589/FUL) has been submitted to construct a two storey property and garage on the site immediately to the west of Lavender Lodge, Main Road, behind the war memorial with access to the road across the wide grass verge.
The initial impression is that such a development will detract from the ambience of this important part of the village, surrounded as it is with a number of historic and listed buildings. The application will be discussed at the Biddenham Society’s AGM and Lunch on 4th November 2018.  Closing date for responses is 14th November 2018.

Biddenham Society opposes plans for Baulk House

The Biddenham Society (founded 1965)

Biddenham Society opposes plans for Baulk House

Application 18/01831/FUL to construct a property on a narrow plot between Baulk House and 64 Bromham Road has been opposed by the society.  Baulk House is grade 2 listed and in opposing the application the society has drawn the attention of the planning authority to a recent publication by Historic England

which sets out the factors to be taken into account when a new build property is to be sited close to a listed building.

The society lists several reasons why the setting of the listed Baulk House would be compromised by the proposal, as well as criticising some poorly presented aspects of the application which fail to illustrate the effects of the new build on various views of, and across, the property.

Tony Wood


Update: May 2018

Rear view from The Paddock

Update: January 2018

Update: 4 October 2017
8 Main Road demolished!


Update: 1 September 2017
After due consideration, and despite widespread objections, the planning committee approved this application following adjustments to the height and nature of the front boundary. It is also regrettable that, when considering applications in Biddenham for demolition and replacement with larger properties, officers now regularly cite the existence of previously approved large developments in Main Road and Biddenham Turn as justification, even though ‘precedence’ is not recognised in local planning law

Planning application 17/01738/FUL
seeks approval to demolish the existing property at 8 Main Road and replace it with a new dwelling of substantial size and contemporary design.

 The replacement would have three floors against the two at present, with a prominent double depth crown roof and a footprint three and a half times the existing.

The architectural style and mass are not replicated in other properties on Main Road, which is more typified by single houses of varying character which do not detract from their surroundings.

The roadside boundary of the site fronts the Biddenham Conservation area, and any development will therefore have a significant impact on the special character of this pretty part of Biddenham, and on the setting of the grade 2 listed building opposite.

The society believes the proposed replacement building is not contextually appropriate in respect of size, scale, massing, architectural character, relationship with nearby buildings, and alignment and treatment of the setting, and has recommended that planning permission is refused.

‘White Cottage’ application – Black Marks!

The Biddenham Society
(founded 1965)

In 2016 the Biddenham Society successfully had ‘White Cottage’, 34 Day’s Lane, listed to avoid any possible demolition of this historic property, one of the few Arts and Craft houses in the village. An application has now been submitted for a variety of repairs, alterations and extensions to the main house, and for the construction of a substantial annexe in the garden.

Whilst the society is prepared to support many of the repairs and alterations, we have serious concerns on a number of matters including the choice and use of the materials proposed which we believe will compromise the design and setting of the building.  We have made our reservations known to the planning authority and suggested ways forward for consideration.

We are however completely opposed to the construction of the annexe which, in our view, is quite inappropriate.  The structure would not only compromise the house itself, but also the important relationship between the house and the garden design for which the architect achieved renown, and which was lauded by the famous Gertrude Jekyll and continues to influence garden design to the present day.

Full details of the application can be found on the borough’s website by quoting 18/00877/FUL or 18/00878/LBC.

Tony Wood

Bedford Tigers v Luton – Sunday 22 April, Kingsfield Sports & Community Club


Bedford Tigers, despite a lack lustre 1st half, came back to win the match! 

 Final score was a win for the Tigers 52 – Luton 42 !



The game is Rugby but more specifically Rugby League – if you haven’t seen it live come down and have a look. Game starts at 2:30pm.

The teams involved are Bedford Tigers and Luton Vipers (Two adult teams that play in the East of England league).

The Bedford Cup is an annual season opener and the new feature is that the cup has been donated in memory of Lesley Ashton who sadly passed last year and was a popular teacher over many years in the Bedford area.

Following the cup game there will be a set of fixtures starting on 5th May and we will publish the fixture list separately.
This will include games against teams from Milton Keynes, St Albans, Hemel Hempstead, St Ives, Southend, Brentwood, Hitchin/North Herts and Luton. There will also Under 14 and Under 16 activities and games each week.

If you love Rugby please come down. Watch the game, have a sit and a cup of tea or a beer and enjoy the fresh air. There is no entry fee.

[The ground is located at the Biddenham end of the bypass]

click photo below

Photos, courtesy Gary Ingerson [Rocket Brand Communication]

New Roundabout on the Bromham Road? …

maybe not, but a good view of (& from) the old Golf Club!

A P P L IC A T IO N N o 2 0 / 0 2 7 6 1 / F U L T Y P E : F u ll P la n n in g A p p lic a t io n

P R O P O S A L : D e v e lo p m e n t o f n e w r o u n d a b o u t o n B r o m h a m R o a d , t o r e p la c e t h e a p p r o v e d r ig h t h a n d t u r n la n e a n d g h o s t is la n d a p p r o v e d u n d e r 0 1 / 0 2 1 9 9 / E IA

L O C A T IO N : L a n d A t F o r m e r O u s e V a lle y G o lf C lu b B r o m h a m R o a d B id d e n h a m B e d f o r d s h ir e

1 . V e h ic u la r

a ) T h e u p d a te d T ra n s p o rt S ta te m e n t is in a d e q u a te . It le a n s o n th e p re v io u s s tu d y p e rfo rm e d in 2 0 1 4 b a s e d u p o n e s t im a t e s a n d s u p p o s it io n a s t o t h e im p a c t o f t h e G re a t O u s e W a y

(o p e n e d s u b s e q u e n tly in O c to b e r 2 0 1 4 ) a n d o th e r re s id e n tia l d e v e lo p m e n ts in th e a re a .

(Transport Statement 2020 section 2.1 states, “existing highway network… remains unchanged”).

A n e c d o t a l e v id e n c e s u g g e s t s t h e e x p e c t e d r e d u c t io n in t r a ffic a lo n g t h e B r o m h a m R o a d h a s n o t m a t e r ia lis e d . A d e t a ile d p h y s ic a l s t u d y o f t r a ffic flo w s t h a t n o w e x is t is n e c e s s a r y . T h e q u e u in g o f v e h ic le s d u rin g p e a k h o u rs o n th e b y p a s s h a s le d to v e h ic le s u s in g th e B ro m h a m Road (and likely any proposed development link road) as “rat-runs” with excess speed when p o s s ib le a n d s ig n if ic a n t q u e u in g ( w it h a s s o c ia t e d p o llu t io n ) a t p e a k h o u r s s t ill a lo n g – t e r m

c h a ra c te ris tic o f th e a re a . T h is is p rio r to th e a d d itio n o f th o s e th a t w ill b e h o u s e d a n d

c o n n e c te d o n th e la te s t p h a s e o f d e v e lo p m e n t.

T h e e x is t in g B r o m h a m R o a d is w it h in a 3 0 – m p h z o n e , t h o u g h d u e t o p e r s is t e n t a b u s e o f t h a t lim it re c e n t re p re s e n t a t io n s w e re m a d e b y u s (a n d re je c t e d ) t o in c re a s e t h a t lim it t o

4 0 m p h . C o n s e q u e n tly , b e tte r e ffo rts m u s t b e m a d e to p ro v id e c la rity o f th e lim it to d riv e rs ( n o t a b ly im p r o v in g t h e a lm o s t n o n – e x is t e n t s p e e d lim it s ig n a g e ) . A d d it io n a lly , m a k in g t h e e n try a n d e x it p o in ts to th e ro u n d a b o u t m o re a c u te b y lo c a tin g it fu rth e r in to th e

d e v e lo p m e n t la n d w o u ld b e a g o o d w a y to c a lm tra ffic s p e e d s .

b ) A s t h e r o u n d a b o u t w i l l s e r v e e x i s t i n g a n d a d d i t i o n a l n e w r e s i d e n t s , i n c r e a si n g t h e f e e l i n g t h a t t h is is a r e s id e n t ia l a r e a , it w o u ld b e a p p r o p r ia t e t o im p o s e s iz e a n d w e ig h t r e s t r ic t io n s on Heavy Goods Vehicles “except for access”. So, brewery deliveries and X5 coaches could

s t i l l b e p e r m i t t e d , b u t o t h e r H G V s t r a v e l l i n g t o d e s t in a t i o n s f u r t h e r a f i e l d s h o u l d b e d i r e c t e d to use the Great Ouse Way.

c) Please could any surface or re-surfacing utilise modern low noise materials to reduce the noise level of passing traffic.

2 . P e d e s t r ia n

T h e a p p l i c a t i o n fo r F u l l P l a n n i n g P e r m i s s i o n s e c t i o n 5 . 3 0 s u g g e s t s e n h a n c e m e n t o f b o t h pedestrian routes and facilities. None is specified. The statement focuses on the

development, but not how it is connected to the existing environment. For example, at or near the roundabout there is no facility to cross the Bromham Road safely for a pedestrian from the existing Biddenham village.

T h e e x i s t i n g s u b – s t a n d a r d p a t h a n d k e r b s h o u l d b e b r o u g h t u p t o a s a fe r m o d e r n s t a n d a r d .

3 . C y c lin g

T h e a p p l i c a t i o n fo r F u l l P l a n n i n g P e r m i s s i o n s e c t i o n 5 . 3 2 m a k e s n o s t a t e d e f f o r t t o i m p r o v e

history in the making …