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For Fusion Students Ltd

Preparation of Heritage Statement to accompany an application for the redevelopment of land at Fitzwilliam Street, currently occupied by a showroom/ warehouse, to provide new student accommodation close to the city centre.

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Bidwells worked on the regeneration of the former Chesterton Sidings site to create a new urban quarter and secured planning permission for the new Cambridge North Station, which opened in May 2017. The emerging masterplan proposals for Cambridge North urban quarter incorporate 1 million sq ft commercial floorspace and 700 residential dwellings.

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At Great Gonerby, Lincolnshire

Bidwells was instructed to prepare and submit a full planning application for 46 affordable dwellings and publicly accessible open space in Great Gonerby, Lincolnshire.

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Pix brook academy

For new secondary school in Stotfold

Bidwells was instructed to obtain full planning application for a new school, Pix Brook Academy in Stotfold, comprising a 8,980 sq m main school building, 163 car parking spaces, 267 cycle parking spaces, bus/coach parking spaces, pick-up/ drop-off vehicle loop, sports hall, netball and tennis courts, football pitches, athletics track and games areas.

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Biddenham Western Expansion

Biddenham, Bedford Borough

Bidwells was instructed to act as planning adviser on this c.18 hectare residential development for 249 dwellings.

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Strategic Local Plan Allocation

at Market Deeping, South Kesteven.

Bidwells Planning team were instructed to promote land on two sites at Market Deeping for residential allocations in the South Kesteven District Council Local Plan (2011-2036).

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790 New Homes in Great Dunmow

For BDW Homes

Bidwells secured Outline Planning Permission for up to 790 new homes, primary school, community buildings, open space and associated infrastructure and is taking forward a Reserved Matters phase of 326 dwellings for the same client.

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The Willows, Care Home Redevelopment

In Bedford

Bidwells Planning & Heritage Team, supported by the Urban Design Studio (UDS) were appointed to review a planning strategy for the redevelopment of an existing care home.

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New Student Accommodation and Redevelopment

On behalf of Trinity College and The Cambridge Union Society

Bidwells Planning and Project Management Teams coordinated the multi-disciplined Project Team through this complex redevelopment proposal, to achieve a successful planning and listed building consent.

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Custody Suite Facility

Bedfordshire Police HQ

Bidwells Planning & Heritage Team in conjunction with Norr Architects were appointed to prepare a full detailed major planning application for the erection of a custody suite building with ancillary office space along with alterations to car parking, including a new vehicular access area.

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Mixed-use regeneration of Laindon Town Centre

For Swan Housing Association” 

Bidwells has obtained planning permission for the redevelopment of the Laindon Shopping Centre, Basildon, to deliver a new mixed-use high street with shops, a neighbourhood food store, 244 new homes, new office space and a modern health centre. The scheme will be set within a new high-quality public realm. It will deliver major regeneration benefits by replacing a poorly designed, run-down 1960s centre.

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Cambridge Mosque


The objective was to transform a former warehouse site into a new Mosque for Cambridge’s ever growing Muslim community.

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Prepared and submitted a planning application for a 15,000sqm new academic  building to form a new gateway to the UEA Campus, one of the largest building projects the University has embarked upon since its formation in the early 1960s.

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Housing Land Supply Appeal

Castlethorpe Road, Hanslope

Bidwells’ Planning Team were initially appointed by a private landowner client to prepare a Planning Statement as part of an application for up to 51 dwellings on a greenfield site in the rural village of Hanslope, Milton Keynes.

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Modular Housing Development at Northstowe

For Urban Splash

Bidwells secured reserved matters consent for the first development parcel of Phase 2 at Northstowe, Cambridgeshire. The scheme comprised 406 modular dwellings, including 40% starter homes.

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For Brookgate 

The redevelopment of the area around Cambridge City station is known as CB1 and is the 1.6 million sq ft masterplan vision that Lord Rogers had for creating a new quarter around the historic station.

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Cambridge Biomedical Campus 

 For Liberty Property Trust & Countryside Properties plc


An internationally renowned Biomedical Campus forming a cluster of high-end life science research and development facilities and contributing to the wider Addenbrooke’s Hospital campus.

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2,600 NEW HOMES at dunsfold aerodrome 

For the Rutland Group

Local plan promotion was sought for up to 2,600 homes and 25,000 sq m of commercial floorspace. This ran parallel with a planning application for 1,800 homes and 25,000 sq m of commercial floorspace, plus a two form entry school, local centre and a 7,500 sq m care facility on Dunsfold Aerodrome, home of the Top Gear race track.

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Hill Gallop, Newmarket

For Jockey Club Estates Ltd

From the inception of the idea for a new uphill endurance gallop, Bidwells has worked closely with our long-standing client Jockey Club Estates Ltd to progress this unique and inspiring proposal for a kilometre long ‘elevated’ horse gallop to the west of Newmarket.

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City Park West, Chelmsford

For Genesis Housing Association

Bidwells has provided planning advice and project managed the delivery of the City Park West scheme in central Chelmsford.  The team continues to be engaged on various aspects of the emerging development, which is having a major, positive impact on the city’s changing skyline.

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New Canalside Quarter

For Crest Nicholson Regeneration

The new canalside quarter is a mixed use redevelopment in Central Milton Keynes, adjoining the Grand Union Canal.

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For Endurance Estates Ltd / RG Carter

Bidwells were instructed to provide planning and agency advice on the regeneration of the Gade Zone.

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The Enterprise Centre

The University of East Anglia

Prepared a Vision and Development Document to guide the development of a very sensitive site in the curtilage of a Listed Building and adjacent to historic parklands and to seek to overcome previous local objections to the area’s development.

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For Caprice Holdings Ltd

Bidwells was retained to secure planning permission for a new Ivy Brasserie in the heart of London.

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