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Fields Road - Wootton - Bedfordshire

Taylor Wimpey and development partners Bovis Homes and Bellway Homes have submitted a planning application for a new residential development on land to the south of Fields Road, Wootton, near Bedford.

  • Overview

    Land south of Fields Road, Wootton

    Together with our Consortium partners, Bovis Homes and Bellway Homes, we have obtained a planning consent for a new residential development on land to the south of Fields Road, Wootton.

    The planning permission (15/02060/MAF) will deliver 600 new homes, including vehicular access, pedestrian and cycle links, public open space, car parking, landscaping, drainage and associated works on the site, which is outlined in red on the plan pictured right.

    The proposed development site was previously allocated for development in the Local Plan of 2002 by Bedford Borough Council. The allocation covered land north of Fields Road and land south of Fields Road, and provided for residential development with employment on adjoining land.

    Subsequently in 2002, a joint planning application covering both areas of land was submitted with a resolution to grant being given by the council in 2005. This did not proceed and in 2011, an application relating only to the land north of Fields Road was submitted for 610 units. This is currently being developed by Persimmon Homes with development commencing in 2012.

    The Consortium’s planning application was prepared following a public consultation held in September 2014. If you would like to view the material that was displayed at our public consultation event you can do so by clicking here.

    If you would like to view our planning consent, click here to visit Bedford Borough Council's online planning pages and search planning reference 15/02060/MAF.

  • About the site

    The proposed development site

    Wootton Site View

    A view of the proposed development site.

    Wootton is situated within Marston Vale which is one of the twelve locations in the country selected for 'community forest' status. The forest area extends to 61 square miles stretching between Bedford and the M1 motorway.

    The landscape to the south and east of Wootton is open in character, benefiting from long views across arable fields, interspersed with existing vegetation and hedgerow trees. Both approaches to Wootton, along Cranfield Road and Fields Road, have a country lane feel with hedgerows and long grass bordering the road side.

    The proposed development site is located to the south of Fields Road, which benefits from being allocated for development by Bedford Borough Council. Wootton is identified as being within Bedford Growth Area in the Bedford Borough Council Core Strategy and Rural Issues Plan which was adopted in April 2008.

    The site adjoins existing residential development to the west and the A421 to the east. It is subdivided by Fields Road which provides a link between Wootton and the A421.

    The site is located immediately south of the village of Wootton, approximately 3 miles south west of Bedford. The A421 dual carriageway is close by which provides a direct and easy link to the M1 and A1. There are excellent rail connections with fast and frequent services operating to London (St Pancras) from Bedford. This location is regarded locally as one of the more aspirational villages in Bedfordshire.

    Access to our proposed development will be taken from the already constructed roundabout on Fields Road which also serves the Persimmon Development to the north.

  • What's proposed

    Our development proposals


    The masterplan for our proposed development of 600 new homes. Click to expand.

    The proposed development will comprise a total of 600 new homes, which will be split evenly between Taylor Wimpey, Bovis Homes and Bellway (200 units each). It is envisaged the three parcels will be developed simultaneously.

    The development masterplan which forms the basis of our planning application is pictured right.

    There will be a range of 1 to 5-bedroom homes provided, of which the majority will be houses comprising a mix of smaller attached units and medium to larger detached family-sized dwellings.

    The housing mix will be largely 2 storeys with a small number of 2.5 storey house types also provided. 

    A proportion of homes will enjoy views across arable fields into the open countryside. The proposed housing mix is reflective of the local area and will offer to the market a variety of homes in an attractive setting.

    An extra care facility will also be provided on site and a planning application for this is to be submitted simultaneously with the 600 unit residential scheme.

    The new homes will be built to Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 and the developers will contribute towards improving local services, facilities and infrastructure through a Section 106 agreement, which will form a condition of planning permission.

    The proposed layout of the Taylor Wimpey portion of the development is shown below along with artists' impressions of how our new homes could look.

    Planning Layout

    The proposed layout of the Taylor Wimpey portion of the development.

    Street Scene 1

    Street Scene 2

    Street Scene 3