Planning engagement services for a scheme seeking to introduce a new railway station and associated facilities on the Midland Main Line between Bedford and Flitwick Stations.

The proposed construction of a new railway station with regular passenger services to London and Bedford, and connections to stations to the north, is integral to the original masterplan for the Wixams garden village development and is a strategic priority for the Bedford Borough Council.

Services provided 

  • Designed and delivered an extensive public and stakeholder engagement programme.
  • Analysed results of feedback received from public and stakeholders and authored Statement of Community Engagement to support planning application.
  • Authored Planning Statement to demonstrate the compliance of the proposals with local development plan policies, national policy and to demonstrate the benefits of the scheme to the local area.
  • Authored Design and Access Statement to explain the key design drivers, access considerations and other site-specific technical and spatial considerations that materially influenced the design of the proposed railway station.
  • Assembled, submitted and managed the determination of the applications for planning permission and related consents for the new railway station.

Key accomplishments to date

  • Led on pre-application and ongoing discussions with the local planning authority and other key stakeholders from project outset.
  • Designed and delivered extensive public and stakeholder engagement to inform interested parties about the proposed scheme and to seek to establish ‘in principle’ support.
  • Authored pre-application enquiry and request for EIA Screening Opinion to confirm the scope, extent and nature of the information required to be submitted in support of application for planning permission.
  • Managed contributions of multidisciplinary team and assembled and submitted application for planning permission to the local planning authority for the proposed construction of the new railway station and associated infrastructure. A decision is expected in early 2023.
  • Provided general property input and liaised with local landowners regarding temporary access requirements.


  • The site has a complex planning history with a number of planning applications submitted in and around the site. SLCP led engagement with the local planning authority to discuss and agree an appropriate strategy for securing planning consent for the proposed development.

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