If you wish to see the original Design Guide for Great Denham please copy and paste this link into your browser.

The Guide differs from what has actually been provided due to modifications to the S106 Agreement (see below).


The provision of certain facilities in Great Denham (such as the Community Hall and the shops) is governed by something called a Section 106 Agreement which also set a trigger point by which time each facility should be delivered. 

The S106 Agreement for Great Denham is known as the “S106 Legal Agreement for Biddenham Loop and Land West of Kempston”.  If you wish to see the original documents please copy and paste this link into your browser and it will take you to the relevant page of Bedford Borough Council’s website.

The Parish Council has endeavoured to ensure the developers (David Wilson Homes) and Bedford Borough Council provide facilities as promised and in the best interests of parishioners, rather than the economic expedience of the developers.  However, due to a change in government legislation in 2012 the developers were able to carry out a viability exercise, as a result of which many of the promised facilities were removed from the Agreement.  

During negotiations between the Borough and David Wilson Homes, the Parish Council fought hard to preserve as much as possible for our community.  Unfortunately, a number of things, chief amongst them the library, an ecumenical centre, public art and the Park & Ride were no longer to be provided.

In order to try and mitigate the losses we argued that the Community Hall should be a two storey, rather than a single storey, building and were pleased when this was agreed.  However, it became clear that the developers were making savings by reducing the fittings and finishes to the Hall.  Following much pressure from the Parish Council some fittings and finishes were reinstated but it was left to us to ensure the building was what the community deserved and we utilised some of the Commuted Sum to equip it.

Great Denham is a great place to live.  We have a Country Park which is developing well with sports facilities which will soon be available to use and a Pavilion with changing facilities and a cafe will be provided in due course. Now that we have the School, a Community Hall and some shops it has become a real community which will continue to thrive for years to come.