Residents get their chance to shape new community

03 March 2012

Residents are getting their chance to have a say about plans to build a new neighbourhood in Shefford, which could feature around 85 new homes and facilities for local businesses.

The land to the east of Ivel Road has been allocated by Mid Bedfordshire Council for residential and mixed use development.

The leading national housebuilder is planning a two-day public exhibition at Shefford House on the High Street, which will feature information boards, feedback forms and members of the Bovis Homes project team, who will be on hand to discuss the proposals in detail.

Residents in the immediate vicinity of the proposed new neighbourhood have received a special invitation to the event and information will also be available on a new website being created especially for the proposed development.

"We think we've got some exciting plans which will benefit the people and businesses of Shefford," said Design Manager Dan Oliver. "We also believe in working closely with members of the communities in which we work, so we would like to hear their ideas and views about the proposals.

"This is their opportunity to help shape the new neighbourhood and give us thoughts on features such as housestyles and layout as we look to take these plans forward. We can take feedback forms on the day or they can be posted to us. Views can also be emailed to 

"We are looking to build a sustainable, high-quality new community with a good mix of homes and amenities, such as a state-of-the-art children's play area. We believe this is an exciting new development for the area which will integrate well with the existing community and offer local employment opportunities."

The exhibition will be at Shefford House, 15 High Street, Shefford on Friday, 9 March (10am to 4.30pm) and Saturday 10 March (10am to 1pm). The website is being set up at