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Local Plan 2035

Local Plan 2035 logoBedford 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 2015.

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 14/3/17

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.  The 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.

 

PLEASE NOTE

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.

 

Next Steps

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 (planningpolicy@bedford.gov.uk)

 

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.

 

To view Local Plan 'call for sites' submissions please follow this link

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

To view potential local green space submissions please follow this link

 

Strategic Housing Market Assessment Update 2016

View the 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 would like to view documents consulted on in previous stages

 

If you have any questions please contact the planning policy team at planningpolicy@bedford.gov.uk or call 01234 718070.

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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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