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CPRE Bedfordshire Guide to East West Rail Route Alignment Consultation (31/03/21 -09/06/21)

CPRE Bedfordshire believes that this consultation is fundamentally flawed because it isentirely focused on the EWR Company (EWR Co) preferred corridor (Route E), which passesnorth through the urban area of Bedford before turning east, through tranquil opencountryside and rural villages, causing huge environmental damage. Please read the article at: https://www.cprebeds.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2021/05/CPRE-Beds-Guide-to-East-West-Rail.pdf

Parish Councils appeals to Rail Minister ignored

Local economy and building new towns more important than countryside and village life in north Bedfordshire On 15th March, representatives from Parish Councils in north Bedfordshire, Borough Councillors and CPRE Bedfordshire joined in a meeting with the Rail Minister to put their case for a reconsideration of East West Rail’s Preferred Route for the railway …

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Mayor paying the price for secrecy on E/W Rail route – local democracy in crisis!

North Bedfordshire countryside to be destroyed with 2 New Towns. At no time did the Mayor tell the people of Bedford Borough which route he was going to recommend to E/W Rail and this is very typical of the way in which he and the Chief Exec work. There is a huge democratic deficit and he …

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North Beds Parish Councils Unite to fight East West Rail’s Choice of Route E

The East West Rail (EWR) project is a key piece of national infrastructure development that will support significant economic and environmental gain for the country. However, the Mayor and his team on Bedford Borough Council (BBC) have controversially chosen to support Route E – a route that will permanently harm the undulating, unspoilt North Bedfordshire …

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Strategic planning decisions which could have a major impact on North Bedfordshire and the surrounding countryside

A series of strategic planning decisions have been taken by Government, Bedford Borough Council (BBC) and East West Rail over the past year or so that could have a considerable impact on our Parishes and the  North Bedfordshire countryside but which residents may not be aware of.  The purpose of this piece is to let …

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“Planning for the Future” – Is the Mayor already in discussions about New Town development?

A few weeks ago in March 2020, Robert Jenrick MP, the Housing Minister, launched a document called “Planning for the Future”    In this document the future plans for the Ox – Cam Arc are outlined – Para 10, 6th Bullet point on page 6 says: “Backing the Oxford-Cambridge Arc, including a new spatial framework …

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Bedford Borough Council admit to massive oversupply of new homes

Following demands from CPRE Bedfordshire at the Public Examination of their Local Plan currently underway in Bedford, BBC have released the latest update of their Forward Housing Trajectory for the full Local Plan period to 2030. This shows, as CPRE Bedfordshire has long predicted, that BBC has a massive surplus (or contingency) of over 1,000 …

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The ‘Central Growth Board’ – a new challenge to local democracy?

The Government and Local Authorities have acted together to create yet another QUANGO – “The Central Growth Board”. It will enable them to push through massive developments along the Oxford – Milton Keynes – Bedford – Cambridge Corridor without the consent of local people, crushing local democracy. The Mayor of Bedford, Dave Hodgson and the …

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