Events field for visitor centre


An events field could be added to a popular visitor attraction.

A planning application has been submitted to Central Beds Council requesting permission to use the field at the Jordans Mill visitor centre between Broom and Biggleswade.

The land is currently an agricultural field. The application also requests permission to turn the adjacent scrap yard into amenity land.

Extra parking spaces for the visitor centre would be created and the access improved.

The application says: “Since securing planning permission for the heritage centre development the applicant has acquired an adjoining scrap yard site and it is proposed to incorporate this into the complex with its restoration as an amenity/wildlife habitat area with landscape planting that will improve the area and the setting of the centre.

“With the current commercial use the scrap yard area is considered to have no ecological value. Similarly with the agricultural use on the field area, this is considered to have no significant ecological value.

“The proposed restoration of the scrap yard area together with new planting will, however, improve the ecological value of the areas.”

If the changes go ahead there will be a maze landscape feature to create a point of interest for visitors as well as informal paths that will link to the wildlife garden to the south of the site.

Visitors will be able to get to the events field and the overflow car park using an upgraded version of the existing field access on to Southill Road.

The events field and extra parking would be used predominantly at weekends and on bank holidays rather than being in permanent use.

The applicant believes that the extra traffic resulting from this will not have a significant impact on surrounding roads.

The report continues: “The proposal will enhance the existing heritage centre, enabling it to broaden the range of visitor attractions as well as offering a wider range of cultural and educational experiences.

“It will ensure environmental improvements with the reduction in built floor space and the removal of the potentially harmful scrap yard use.

“And it will achieve a high quality development with new planting and wildlife habitat.”

To view the proposal online, including site plans, visit

Comments can be submitted until Thursday, May 15.