Plans for 500 homes, a primary school, and a children’s play area on Milton Road have been submitted for outline planning permission to Bedford Borough Council by L&Q Estates and Bedfordia Property.

The scheme would comprise of a mix of homes with between one and five bedrooms, apartments, and a 30 per cent affordable housing allocation. The part brownfield part agricultural 23.74-hectare site would also help the delivery of a two-form entry primary school, just west of Milton Road, with 7.9 hectares allocated as open space.

A new footpath network would be created, with five pedestrian and cycle routes in the development, including three exclusively pedestrian and cycle routes running along the eastern boundary.

Richard Edwards, group planning director at L&Q Estates said “Clapham is identified in the 2020 Bedford Borough Local Plan as needing to accommodate 500 new homes, but the Local Plan does not identify the site or sites and specifically defers the identification of the appropriate site to the emerging Neighbourhood Plan. We believe this development would provide much-needed homes for the area as well as adding to the provision of education and community facilities.”

Nick Chapman, managing director of Bedfordia Property said “As a long-standing local company, we are excited to be a part of this well-considered new development in Milton Road, Clapham, which will enhance and improve facilities and opportunity for local residents and businesses. The detailed consultation with the local community, Clapham Neighbourhood Planning Group, and the Parish Council have been very positive, and we look forward to further engagement as the project evolves.”

Photo source: L&Q Estates

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