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Local Plan 2032 Consultation Opens for Bedford Borough Residents


A consultation to allocate Bedford Borough’s future development sites begins soon. The consultation will be asking for views on where new development should be built up to 2032 and will help the Council prepare plans and influence where housing and jobs can be provided for the growing population.


The UK Government’s National Planning Policy Framework requires that local planning authorities calculate their own development needs and publish Local Plans to show where and when homes, jobs and related infrastructure will be delivered.


At any given time, local authorities must be able to show that they have an appropriate supply of land allocated for housing development for the next 5 years.  If authorities fail to do this then Government inspectors will make decisions about where development can take place, regardless of any local strategies that might be in place.  The Government has also signalled that it will step in to progress Local Plans if authorities fail to do so within an acceptable timescale.


Approximately 75% of the forecasted housing need has already been allocated through previous plans, sites which have planning permission and new developments that are already under construction. However, to continue to incorporate residents’ views and be able to control where new developments are being built until 2032, a new consultation is being launched.


Councillor Colleen Atkins, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Regulatory Services at Bedford Borough Council said “It is extremely important that Bedford Borough Council encourages local people to engage with the consultation. We want to hear residents’ views on the future allocation of housing developments throughout the borough.  We need people to get involved and have their say, so that the decisions of where new housing is built are made locally, not by Government inspectors.”


Why do we need more housing?

Latest population projections show that 17,367 dwellings are needed by 2032 in Bedford Borough. 12,847 have been allocated, leaving approximately 4,500 to find.


The 2015 Consultation

Will invite residents’ views on

•         Amount of housing, jobs and retail growth in the Local Plan

•         Development strategy

•         Local green space

•         Call for potential development sites


When does it begin?

Dates: October 19th until December 14th


How can I find out more information and have my say?

  • On our website
  • Information will be placed in libraries in the Borough incl. mobile library and also Rushden, Flitwick, Biggleswade and St.Neots libraries. Also at the Customer Service Centre.
  • Posters and leaflets will be distributed to Parish Councils
  • Bedford Borough Council will be holding Drop-in sessions around the Borough where planning staff will be available to answer questions.

The locations and dates are as follows:



Date and time

Bromham Village Hall, Village Road, Bromham MK43 8JP

Monday 26th October

2pm to 9pm


Great Barford Village Hall, Fishers Close, Great Barford MK44 3JL

Wednesday 28th October

2pm to 9pm


Sharnbrook Village Hall, Lodge Road, Sharnbrook MK44 1JP

Thursday 29th October

12.30pm to 4.30pm


Sharnbrook Methodist Church, Park Lane, Sharnbrook MK44 1LS

Thursday 29th October

5.30pm to 9pm


Wootton New Life Methodist Church Hall, Cause End Road, Wootton MK43 9DE

Wednesday 4th November

2pm to 9pm


Riseley Village Hall, Gold Street, Riseley MK44 1EG

Friday 6th November

11am to 6.30pm


Wilstead Village Hall, Cotton End Road, Wilstead MK45 3BX

Monday 9th November

2pm to 9pm


Clapham Village Hall, 118 High Street, Clapham MK41 6BS

Friday 13th November

2pm to 9pm


Howard Centre, Horne Lane, Bedford MK40 1TJ

Wednesday 18th November

11am to 4pm


Keysoe Village Hall, Keysoe Row West, Keysoe MK44 2JE

Friday 27th November

6pm to 9pm


Bedford Market, Midland Road, Bedford MK40 1PL (near BHS)

Saturday 28th November

11am to 4pm


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