Is the Bedford coming back?

Nearly a year after closing its doors, a village pub could be about to come back onto the market.

The Bedford Arms in Toddington closed last February after it was sold to a developer by Bedford-based brewery Charles Wells.

Luton-based Kensworth Builders wanted to build four houses in the pub garden, convert the pub itself into two houses, and also convert the florist’s shop next door into a house.

But a number of people objected to the planning applications lodged with Central Bedfordshire Council, and they have now been withdrawn.

On Friday a ‘to let’ sign went up in the window of the florist’s

Councillor Richard Hagen, responsible for planning at Toddington Parish Council, said he had heard the pub was to be marketed for sale with a price of around £500,000.

“One person in the village made enquiries and was told the pub will soon be back on the market, but that they want to proceed with some building at the back.

“I’m personally reasonably confident that we can get the pub back, and there is a local businessman who is interested.”

The Luton News has not been able to reach Kensworth Builders for comment.