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Planning Policy & Its Purpose

The Local Development Documents of Bedford set out the spatial strategy for the borough. A 'spatial strategy' is one which takes into account social, economic and environmental factors such as health and housing and which does not purely focus on the regulation and control of land. Preparing Local Development Documents is an ongoing process and each document can take years to get adopted.

The adopted policies in these documents form the basis for decision making when planning applications are submitted to the council.

 

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Local Plan 2035

The new Local Plan will set out how much growth there should be in the borough (housing, jobs and associated infrastructure) up to 2035 and where it should take place

 

 

 

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Core Strategy and Rural Issues Plan 2008


Sets the long term spatial vision for Bedford Borough up until 2021

 

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Town Centre Area Action Plan 2008

Sets out the spatial vision for the Bedford town centre.

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Allocations and Designations Local Plan 2013 

Provides specific site allocations and land designations up until 2021

 

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Local Development Scheme 2016

The programme for the production of the Local Development Documents

 

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Bedford Local Plan 2002

 

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Policies Map
Interactive Map
Illustrating policies contained in adopted plans.

PDF versions of the Policies Map are also available

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Statement of Community Involvement 2013

Community involvement in how the Council plans for the future of the borough

 

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Monitoring

Monitors the Borough Council's planning policies year on year

 

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Planning for Traveller Sites

 

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Climate Change and Pollution SPD 2009

Provides guidance on sustainability issues including energy, pollution and waste storage

 

CIL

Community Infrastructure Levy

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Planning Obligations 

 

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Open Space SPD 2013

 

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High Street Strategy 2010

Sets out the future vision for Bedford high Street

 

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Shopfronts and Advertisements in Conservation Areas 

 

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Community Safety 

 

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Wind Turbines Policy Guidance Note 2014

Provides guidance on the application of policy in relation to wind turbines

 

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Mobility Housing SPD

Provides guidance on mobility housing standards in the borough. Should be read in conjunction with the Policy Statement Udate on Housing Standards

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Policy Statement Update - Housing Standards

Sets out how the Council's policies for accessibility, water efficiency and energy should be interpreted from 1 October 2015 following the Government's new technical standards for housing

   

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Environment

Here you will find information on environmental and planning issues. This section provides a wealth of information including details on how to make or enquire about a planning application, rubbish, waste and recycling information.

 


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