Over 500 people attended a public exhibition on proposals to create new homes and jobs at Bedford Brickworks. The exhibition took place on Friday 11 January 2019 between 12pm and 9pm at Stewartby Village Hall, where members of the public had the opportunity to speak with the Bedford Brickworks team and provide feedback on the plans.Investor Cloud Wing is proposing to transform the brownfield former brickworks factories in Stewartby and Kempston Hardwick and adjacent sites to the south of Bedford, to create a new community with up to 1,000 new homes and a mix of employment spaces for 15,000 new jobs.
Bedford Borough Council has granted permission for the four remaining chimneys at Stewartby to be demolished due to health and safety concerns. As part of the proposals, a new replica chimney with ‘Stewartby’ written down it will be built, and a heritage quarter will be included in the new development to honour and celebrate the heritage of the brickworks.
Public feedback will be used by the Bedford Brickworks team to assist them with the development of the detailed plans. More information about the proposals can be found at www.bedfordbrickworks.co.uk, where local residents can get involved and provide feedback on the proposals through an online consultation.
Shen Kan, Director of Cloud Wing, the investors bringing forward the Bedford Brickworks proposals, said:
“I am delighted to see so many people from the local area attend the public exhibition and by the level of public interest in the future of the former brickworks and adjacent sites. It was a pleasure to hear what the community thinks about our plans and to receive so many positive comments. We have also heard concerns and requests from people and we will work hard to address as many of these as we can.
This public exhibition was an opportunity to share our proposals with the local community and to listen to their views as we work towards delivering a regeneration project that provides benefits for existing residents and creates a positive, sustainable future for these sites. For anyone who couldn’t make it, we have set up an online consultation and we hope people will get involved.
We look forward to continuing our work with the community and the local borough and parish councils in Bedford as we continue take our plans forward.”