Souldrop Weekly Coffee Morning will return from Thursday 17th January at 10Am and will follow weekly at the same time every Thursday at the Village hall.
Consultations end June 9th!
Local residents and concerned parties packed out the village hall on Monday evening to discuss and debate Bedford Borough Council’s Local Plan 2035 in which there is a proposal to build up to 4500 new houses on the nearby Colworth Estate. Souldrop and Knotting Parish Councillor Jeremy Viewing informed the villagers of the plans which if they go ahead would eventually see two new access roads joining with the A6. One road would leave the A6 on a new roundabout by Souldrop Turn and head straight across the fields towards the railway bridge on Sharnbrook Road , from there a new road would link to the new development, passing by Roundwood. Further north along the A6 near West Wood Gate where the Three Shires Way crosses there would be another new roundabout linking to a new road that would take the course of the current Three Shires Way/Forty Foot Lane B.O.A.T. This would cross the railway and link to the new development to the south of Great Hayes Wood. Much of the new build which is called by the Borough Council ‘Lee’s Farm’ is actually within the territory of Soudrop Parish.
Jeremy introduced Gerry Sansom from The Campaign To Protect Rural England (CPRE) Bedfordshire who spoke of legal terms that the village would have to define in order to mount an objection to these proposals. He said there were resources at the CPRE website that could be helpful in mounting a campaign of objection. He also suggested working together with other local communities. On Lee’s Farm he said that Bedfordshire CPRE had already put their thoughts together which you can read here
It was suggested that the official proposal calls the development a “village” in fact 4000 plus houses is actually to put in perspective, a town the size of Ampthill
Next Jeremy introduced Neil from the nearby Santa Pod drag racing track, whom is also affected by these plans. Baroness Barbara Young spoke on Wildlife and Woodlands issues and many others pitched in with thoughts and suggestions.
It was agreed that Jeremy could move forward with a village mandate for objections that would have to be worked out worded in correct legal terms to define and object to the actual planning proposals.
It was also emphasised and this is important, That as well as a formal Council objection that the more individuals that send in their thoughts and or objections to Bedford Borough Council Local Plan 2035 the more impact it would make. Jeremy also added that the sooner the better as the closing date for consultations is on June 9th which is only a few weeks away and probably best not to leave making your voice heard until the last minute!
It was decided that an action group should be formed and a number of enthusiastic villagers queued up to leave their contact details. Jeremy said there would be a formal Parish Council Meeting on May 30th and they would put together a worded template with key points that can legally be used to help any villagers wishing to make a protest. As soon as that is available, we will have that available on this website and perhaps in paper to the community. It was also deemed better for villagers to send in individual self worded letters rather than use the confusing and limited online form at the Local Plan website.
So please watch this space if you care about the future of the village. Reach out to inform the folk in the village and nearby neighborhoods of the proposals, that may not be online.
Below is an address for writing letters (Must be delivered before June 9th)
Local Plan 2035 consultation
Planning Policy Team
Bedford Borough Council
If you have any questions please contact the planning policy team at planningforthefuture@bedford.
“Continue Reading” below to access plans for the new proposals
Public Meeting in the village hall 22nd May at 8pm to discuss Local Plan 2035
Bedford Borough Council claims it needs to build another 9000 homes within the north Bedfordshire region by 2035. An application to build up to 4500 of these new homes has been put forward for the nearby Colworth Estate. This in effect would amount to a small ‘garden’ town with new roads and roundabouts from the A6 taking the course of Forty Foot Lane and the Three Shires Way to connect the new build to the A6. Much of the proposed new development would fall within Souldrop Parish. Souldrop village would potentially be surrounded by these new developments.
At this point we should mention that there are other options for the 9000 homes elsewhere namely, Thurleigh , Clapham , Sharnbrook and other places.
Please check out the Bedford Borough Council webpage for Local Plan 2035.
Two days before on Saturday May 20th 10.00am – 3.00pm there is a public consultation at The Howard Centre in Bedford, the last in a series of three. There is an email address you can send questions regarding this issue on the councils page.
Photo’s and words by Keeley Daize
“The choir were amazing and delivered a varied and beautiful concert at All Saint’s church. The audience were relaxed and mesmerised by the wonderful music and all really enjoyed the evening. The only distraction being Simon’s assistance dog trying to join in the choruses!!! We followed up with cheese, wine and a bar at the village hall where everyone got the chance to relax further, chat and catch up with friends. Overall a fantastic evening.
We would like to relay our heartfelt thanks to all members of the Sharnbrook Gospel Choir and everyone who came along or bought tickets plus Nick Wells for organised donation of our alcoholic drinks. You all helped us to raise another £502.50 towards getting our toilets upgraded and installing disabled access to the village hall.”
7.30pm All Saints Church, Souldrop: Tickets £10.00
Come along and enjoy a wonderful evening of singing by the Sharnbrook Gospel Choir and support a great cause.
Ticket price includes cheese and wine
In aid of refurbishment of toilets and installation of disabled ramp to Souldrop Village Hall.
Tickets and enquiries: Email email@example.com
With Chilli in a Jacket
£7.50 Entry Fee to include food and bingo cards – bring your own drinks
Buy additional Bingo Cards for £1.00
Doors open at7pm Food served at 7.30pm
Two events in September to help raise valuable funds for the Homeless in Bedford and for Cancer Support.
A number of events are heralded across this summer in Souldrop,
A Tea Party celebrating the Queens 90th Birthday, A Hog Roast, both events are on the main village green. Plus the 25th annual Souldrop Horse and Dog Show at the nearby Colworth estate.
A Royal Tea Party, the Souldrop Games and Bake Off!
In celebration of the Queen’s 90th Birthday, Saturday 11th June 2016.
On The Green, High Street. Souldrop.
Tea, Coffee, Music, Fun & Classic Sport’s day Games and prizes are compliments of ‘The Village Hall Comittee’
You need to bring
A contribution to the picnic tea
A cake for the bake off..
Judging is at 2.30pm, so get your entry in early and we will eat it for pudding!
PLUS! Bring your energy for Souldrop games.
To close the celebrations, we will light the village beacon.
Questions? email….. firstname.lastname@example.org
Hog Roast On The Green
Saturday , July 23 ,2016
Come and pig out!
Bring your own drinks and picnic to go with the pork.
Please note: Villagers and friends welcome, we suggest making a donation for the upkeep of the village hall. (admin)~
25th Annual Charity Souldrop Horse Show and Family Dog Show – Sunday 28 August
1991 – 2016
At Colworth Estate, Yelnow Lane, Sharnbrook, Beds, MK441LQ.
Held in aid of the Brooke Hospital for Animals and the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust.
Car Park £4.00