Local Plan 2035
Bedford Borough Council is preparing a local
plan that will set out how much growth there should be in the
borough in coming years (housing, jobs and associated
infrastructure) and where it should take place. Current planning
policy documents look ahead to 2021 and this new local plan will
extend the period that development is planned for beyond that date.
It will also contain policies that will be used to make decisions
on planning applications.
In 2014 we carried out an Issues and Options consultation and a
first 'call for sites'. Following on from this we completed a
number of important studies and at the end of last year we asked
for your views on how we have interpreted their findings. We also
issued a second 'call for sites' which closed on 14th December
The list of newly submitted sites includes several large-scale
proposals for new settlements and as a result the timetable for the
preparation of the local plan has been updated to provide
sufficient time for their evaluation. In March 2016 the
council requested further information from the site promoters. All
four have responded to the request and the additional information
is published alongside the original submissions for the four areas:
Lee Farm Sharnbrook (site 622),
Thurleigh Airfield (site 630),
Land at Twinwoods (site 608 listed under Milton Ernest) and
Wyboston Garden Village (site 659) and can also be viewed
using the link below.
Local Plan 2035 –Consultation April 2017 - update
The 2017 consultation offers an
opportunity for residents and others with an interest to comment on
a preferred development strategy that includes one or more new
settlements to accommodate a significant proportion of the
Borough’s growth over the next 20 years and beyond. Comments will
also be invited on draft Local Green Spaces and a range of new
and updated technical documents following the release of new
national population and household projections in 2016.
On 22nd February 2017 the council’s
Executive considered a report on the Local Plan 2035 and agreed the
consultation should go ahead subject to some amendments.
report to Executive and minutes of the meeting can be viewed using
this link. The consultation paper and consultation
questions are included as Appendices A and B. The other
documents referred to in the consultation report will be made
available when the consultation starts.
The Executive decision has since been 'called-in'. This means
that the Executive decision must be considered by the Environment
and Sustainable Communities Overview & Scrutiny Committee
(ESCOSC) at its meeting on 30 March 2017.
Once the outcome of the ESCOSC meeting is
known and when final approval has been given to proceed to public
consultation, arrangements for the consultation will be put in
place. Currently the preliminary dates of Tuesday 18 April to
Friday 2 June 2017 are still our target.
More detail will be posted on this website
when it is available
Following the close of the consultation
comments will be considered before the plan itself is drafted. If
you would like to be notified directly about the commencement of
the consultation you can ask for your email address to be added to
our email alert list by contacting the Planning Policy team
Further consultation will take place in early
2018 prior to the submission of the local plan for formal
examination by the Planning Inspectorate.
More detail about the plan's new timetable can be found in the
Local Development Scheme 2016.
IF YOU SUBMITTED A SITE TO US DURING THE CONSULTATION PERIOD
PLEASE CHECK THAT IT IS LISTED. IF IT IS MISSING FROM THE LIST
PLEASE CONTACT THE PLANNING POLICY TEAM.
Local Green Spaces
Strategic Housing Market Assessment Update 2016
latest update to the Strategic Housing Market Assessment.
Please note previous versions appear on this website as historical
documents relating to past consultations.
Previous Local Plan Consultations
If you have any questions please contact the planning policy
team at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 01234 718070.