Bedford Borough Council Wins Ravensden Planning Appeal

Road leading into Ravensden village

Bedford Borough Council has won a planning appeal against their decision to refuse planning permission for a new caravan park on land south of Wayside Farm Park in Ravensden.

The plans, which were submitted in September 2020, included a change of use from agricultural land to a caravan site for the stationing of 46 holiday lodges, alongside ancillary development that included a reception unit and associated infrastructure and landscaping.

However, Bedford Borough Council voiced concerns that the proposed development would be inappropriate for the area and that it would harm the character and appearance of the village, contrary to policies outlined in the Council’s Local Plan 2030. As a result, the planning application was refused.

Following a hearing after the decision was appealed, the Planning Inspector upheld the Council's initial decision and the appeal was dismissed. The Inspector concluded in their report that the development “would result in significant harm to the character and appearance of the area” and backed the council’s original decision.

Councillor Henry Vann, Portfolio Holder for Town Centres and Planning at Bedford Borough Council said: “It is welcome news that the Planning Inspectorate have upheld our original decision. Residents should be confident that our enforcement and appeals team – who have steadily brought down our caseload and oversee a range of complex cases – and our excellent planning team make decisions that stand up to scrutiny, with almost nine out of ten appeals made against the Council being dismissed by the Planning Inspector.

“We remain committed to ensuring that new developments are appropriate, respect the local environment, and meet the needs of residents, current and future.”

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