The Historic Environment Service is responsible for the historic
environment and heritage of Bedford Borough. This includes
archaeology (sites and monuments), historic buildings and
settlements and historic landscapes. Bedford Borough has
a rich and diverse historic environment, from prehistoric
sites, medieval buildings and historic brickworks to
recent military remains.
The special character of Bedford’s historic environment is
carefully protected by Bedford Borough Council through listed
buildings, conservation areas and careful consideration of
what development should occur in these places.
The Council encourages owners of historic buildings within the
Borough to contact the Council for informal pre-application
discussions before embarking on any form of alteration or
Below are documents adopted by the Council to provide advice for
development in historic areas of Bedford.