Published: Thursday, 14th April 2016
Proposals for a 6,000-home “garden village” on land to the north of Bedford have surfaced in response to the borough council’s development plan review.
DLP Planning Ltd have submitted the concept to the planning authority on behalf of land owners Marcol and Bedfordia who want to create a sustainable new village at the Twinwoods Business Park.
The landholding, which extends to some 900-hectares, currently comprises the business park, originally an MOD owned wind tunnel and aerodynamics research site acquired by Marcol and surrounding agricultural land owned and farmed by Bedfordia. The site also includes the Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre.
The submission, supported by a ‘concept master plan’, provides for a fully self-supporting and sustainable new settlement providing up to 6,000 homes, including affordable, starter and self-build housing, together with supporting community facilities, local shopping, medical facilities and schools, new business related development and a wide range of recreation land, public open and green spaces.
The development footprint extends over half the site of which approximately 230-hectares comprises built development, much of which is the previously developed land at the Twinwoods Business Park.
The scheme includes plans for extensive areas of new green infrastructure with 220-hectares of land designed to include a wide mix of formal and informal recreational and play space areas, new public woodland zones and areas for biodiversity enhancement.
The site lies close to Bedford and is accessed via the A6, a strategic transport route. The proposal provides for a diversion of the A6 around the villages of Milton Ernest and Bletsoe.