ARMSTRONG RIGG PLANNING
Site: Land at Wilkinson Road, West Kempston, Bedford
Client: Frontier Estates
We submitted a full planning application on behalf of Frontier Estates to Bedford Borough Council for a Class C2 use residential care home for the elderly comprising 80 en-suite bedrooms and shared facilities for residents. Land at Wilkinson Road formed the last remaining part of the employment area approved as part of the Kempston and Biddenham Urban Extension - now known as ‘Bedford Meadows’. The Council accepted the evidence presented as part of this application that an employment use of the site had been fully explored without success and that there was no reasonable prospect of the site being developed for such use in the future. This allied to the high quality design, a prevailing local need for elderly accommodation in the area and the creation of a significant number of new direct and indirect jobs, was such that the proposal was accepted to represent a sustainable form of development such that the loss of the site from employment use should be accepted and planning permission was granted.