Public Meeting Local Plan 2035

Public Meeting Local Plan 2035-May22-2017

Public Meeting Local Plan 2035-May22-2017

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!

Planning for the future

Bedford Borough Council Local Plan 2035 Website

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
Borough Hall
MK42 9AP
If you have any questions please contact the planning policy team at or call 01234 718300.

Souldrop and Knotting Parish Council Website

“Continue Reading” below to access plans for the new proposals

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Sharnbrook Gospel Choir Review

Some shots from Saturday 22 April at All Saint’s Church Souldrop with Sharnbrook Gospel Choir.
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.”


Sharnbrook Gospel Chior

Sharnbrook Gospel flyer-April 22 2017

Sharnbrook Gospel flyer-April 22 2017

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


Iron Age discovery in Sharnbrook

Iron Age Bodies discovered in Sharnbrook

Iron Age Bodies discovered in Sharnbrook

The remains of three Iron Age bodies have been discovered in Sharnbrook.

They were discovered at the site of a new  housing development in Mill Road Sharnbrook. The bones, believed to have belonged to three people, were unearthed at the site  last December.

A council insider has claimed archaeologists have traced the remains back to an Iron Age village which once stood on the land.

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Five Month Sharnbrook Road Closure!

Sharnbrook Road, Souldrop will be closed to all traffic from Thursday 20th March 2014 until Monday 11th August 2014 inclusive.

Closed for five months! Looking towards the traffic lights on the railway bridge at Sharnbrook Road Souldrop.

Closed for five months! Looking towards the traffic lights on the railway bridge at Sharnbrook Road Souldrop.

Due to the demolition and reconstruction of the railway bridge on Sharnbrook Road Souldrop, there will be a 24 hour restriction to traffic on Sharnbrook Road from the junction with High Street, Souldrop to the High Street/Colworth Road, Sharnbrook.

Planning Decision Document

The reason given is that modification of the bridge is necessary for the electrification of the Midlands Mainline railway.

The bridge will be re-aligned, raised a metre above it’s current height, and strengthened. Full planning documents

Five months without easy access to Sharnbrook is something the Souldrop villagers will have to look forward to this year, as this road is closed for ‘necessary work’. Access to Sharnbrook will take the form of a two and a half mile detour via the A6 and turning at Templars Way, Sharnbrook. The bus numbers 25 and 26 will also detour the same way, perhaps making the bus journey to Bedford a few minutes longer.

Sharnbrook have raised issues that If both traffic lights and weight restrictions are removed once the work is completed then large lorries will start to use this road making passing difficult and potentially causing damage/accidents. The Bedford Borough Council have not made any promises, but have suggested making recommendations to the highway department. A local landowner has made a query about the need ‘for parapets.

This information and information about other Bedford road closures can be found on the Bedford Council Service Disruption website  here

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Winsey Farm Wind Turbine to go ahead!

Wind turbine in Souldrop?

Wind turbine in Souldrop!

On the 28th January, planning permission was successfully granted for the Winsey Farm wind turbine near Souldrop. Once erected, the 225kW turbine will provide power for Winsey Farm’s turkey, pig and arable farming business and contributing to the land’s self-sufficiency according the owner.

To assess the visual impact of the turbine, the council’s planning committee visited the site on Monday 21st January on a snowy morning for which engineers flew a blimp to 50m, the height of the turbine’s hub. Attached to this was a smaller balloon, flown to 64m to represent the length of its blades. The turbine’s size and levels of visibility from surrounding areas were taken into consideration as viewed from several positions determined by the planning committee.  Unfortunately for those opposed to the turbine,  given the near white out conditions of an overcast, snow laden landscape and given the blimp and balloon where both coloured white, the planning committee deemed the turbine not to be intrusive and gave the construction of the turbine the go ahead.

The Middle Farm planning application is currently on hold as the proprietor is re-evaluating his plans which will include the turbine itself being relocated to a position of further distance from the village of Souldrop. Therefore a new planning application is in the process of being submitted for this larger turbine.

So Souldrop  will have it’s first wind turbine, please feel free to comment below.



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