In 2012 Tesco sought permission to build a single and two-storey extension to The Crown pub in Britannia Road, opposite Bedford Hospital.
Planning officers recommended that Bedford Borough Council planning committee refuse the application saying that: “Permission has twice been refused for extensions to the public house to provide potential for A1 (retail), A3 (restaurant/cafe) and A4 (... Read More
A local campaign "Brickhill Residents Against Tesco Store" BRATS was launched against plans for a Tesco Express taking over a pub -Bird in Hand, Brickhill Drive - in Bedford. Campaigners had support from Borough/Parish councillors and MP. Petitions were signed, letters of protest sent to the Borough councillors, and a public meeting was held in August 2011.
Residents have said concerns over proposals to build a Lidl store are being 'swept under the carpet' by planning officers. An application for a 2,760 square foot Lidl supermarket in Ridge Road, Kempston will be decided in October 2016.
"The council has received hundreds of objections to the plans. But the planning officers have recommended the application is approved. A massive Lidl is... Read More