Plans for up to 400 new homes in Elstow are in the pipeline as an application for a screening opinion has been submitted to Bedford Borough Council, to see if the development requires an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).

The plans outline a development of up to 400 dwellings on land at Abbey Fields, Elstow and include ‘green infrastructure’ and the provision of a pedestrian/cycle bridge across the A421.

The site is located on the southern edge of Bedford, to the north of A421, east of A6 and south of B530 West End.

The site has been identified as a residential allocation in the pre-submission version of the emerging Bedford Local Plan 2040.

The applicants have also submitted a screening opinion application for the provision of up to 95,000 sq m of commercial floor space on land at Pear Tree Farm on the other side of the A421.

Jason Matthews, Director of M&S Estates, said: “Our vision for Pear Tree Farm, which is allocated in the Submission 2040 Bedford Local Plan, is to deliver a state-of-the-art life sciences campus for Bedford.

“This has the potential to put Bedford on the map in the life science sector and create a significant number of high-quality career opportunities and jobs. This opportunity is coming forward as one, connected vision alongside new homes at Abbey Fields, which has been earmarked for residential development by the Borough Council. An EIA screening opinion is a standard and early part of the process and we look forward to sharing our ideas with the local community in due course.”

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