Public Meeting Local Plan 2035

Public Meeting 22nd May Local Plan 2035

Public Meeting 22nd May Local Plan 2035

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.

 

Forty Foot Turbine is here!

The Forty Foot-Turbine has arrived

The Forty Foot-Turbine has arrived

A new view dominates the Souldrop arena as the 260 foot wind turbine is installed adjacent to the Forty Foot Lane. To some the turbine’s arrival will be contentious but to others it will be welcomed . But in the week the government signed the deal with the French and Chinese to build our future energy needs in the form of Nuclear Power, it seems Renewable Energy has now been put on a back burner.

Whether you are a believer or a non believer in renewable energies, the turbine is here to stay now, so we will have to get used to it, as it has a license to run for thirty years.

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Wind Turbine gets go ahead

Artist impression of the Blackmere Wind Turbine

Artist’s impression of the Blackmere Wind Turbine – looking west along the Three Shires Way – picture taken from the access gate and concrete block

The construction of a 77 metre high wind turbine has been granted permission by Bedford Borough Council Planning Department, subject to conditions, to Clinton Dunmore of Middle Farm, Souldrop.

The decision was issued on the 31st January 2014 and was for the installation of a 500 kW EWT wind turbine with associated infrastructure and temporary access track measuring 50 metres to hub and 77 metres to blade tip.

The BBC decision document

Location of the Wind Turbine

Location of the Wind Turbine

Before construction gets the go ahead there will conditions that will need to be met including a survey for Greater Crested Newts. The Turbine has been given permission to stand for thirty years at which point it will have to be removed unless further planning application is granted. It is unclear at the time of writing whether or not any other local authorities might put in an objection, it is understood Rushden Council were also assessing the planning application.

The subject of wind turbines is a contentious issue almost everywhere at the moment not least in the Souldrop village community. After a heated community meeting or two back in 2012, Mr Dunmore withdrew his original planning application in order to submit a new plan to relocate the turbine further from the village on the Blackmere side of the Three Shires Way close to the Sharnbrook Summit Nature Reserve. The temporary construction access route will enter the site via Goosey Lodge near Wymington to the north. There should be no inconvenience in the construction work to Souldrop residents.

Full planning documentation

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Disgrace!

Rubbish fly tipped on the Forty Foot

Rubbish fly tipped on the Forty Foot

Someone’s old bathroom is now gracing the junction of Forty Foot Lane and the Three Shires Way to the north of Souldrop Village. “It’s a bloody disgrace!” one local resident was heard to mutter whilst out walking their dogs. The waste appeared sometime inbetween Thursday 28th and Sunday 31st March and is blowing about in the windy conditions. The Bedford Borough Council has been informed, they advised that the owner of the rubbish could face penalties of up to £5,000 for duty of care offences, if they don’t check that the company or person they give waste to:

  • has a license to carry waste
  • is not taking it to an unlicensed site.

Further information and to report Fly Tipping
So, shame on whosoever’s responsible for dumping this rubbish on our doorstep. Here is a closer look at the rubbish, anyone recognize their old bathroom?

Rubbish, closer detail

Rubbish, closer detail

U-Turn for Santa Pod!

Oh When Oh When are people and the sat nav companies going to update their systems?

U-Turn at Souldrop!

U-Turn at Souldrop!

I can only assume the online map systems think that Forty Foot Lane and the bridleways leading to the back of Colworth are roads fit for general traffic. (I would like to see a normal vehicle try get down the depths of Forty Foot lane!)
This has been going on years and it is about time the maps were updated.
The villagers in exasperation have taken in onto themselves at the weekends to hand paint signs and plant them on the approaches to the village. There has been actions and promises in the past to try and rectify the problem but the wayward traffic still keeps coming and the signs still get placed.

No access to Santa Pod!

No access to Santa Pod!

One night at two o’clock in the morning recently (yes – sometimes I work late!) the usual peace and quiet of that time of the day was ruptured by the sounds of a very heavy vehicle with its reversing lights and accompanying beeps! This went on for some time, eventually I peered out of my window and was staggered to see a huge pantechnicon lorry, trying to reverse towards the green. The lorry was longer than the green! I had never seen anything that big in Souldrop before, I thought they were banned. The driver was heading along Chapel lane and who knows, maybe he had made it all the way up Forty Foot lane to the Three Shires Way, before eventually he must have realised his sat nav was wrong.

How far he had reversed, heaven knows, but I winced as I spotted a neighbours parked car directly behind the reversing lorry. How the hell do you reverse something that size around the green, obstacles like parked cars aside?
Well the answer was to initiate the mother of all three point turns, within fifteen minutes, somehow he made it! As he drove off I vaguely caught sight of the numberplate and it was of all things…Polish. Whilst having no problems with our intrepid European explorers, we welcome all, providing they are here for the right reasons.
Anyway after the truck disappeared and peace and quiet returned, I had one final look around the village green, expecting to see a marauding pitch forked band of neighbours ready to see of the errant lorry. Well you would with the racket that was made and worst of all the threat to the beloved motor car. But no, not one light bulb, or curtain twitcher was evident. The entire village apart from myself had slept through it, amazing!

The only evidence that I did really witness this event and had not hallucinated it, was a fresh muddy rut on our pristine green. The lorry had to mount the green to avoid the parked car. tut tut!

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