Growth in Bedford Borough - Local Plan 2032
A consultation to help shape the future growth of Bedford
Borough gets underway on 13 January.
The Local Plan will set out how the borough will grow and
develop up to 2032 by clearly defining where growth and development
Growth, when managed carefully and correctly delivers new
housing, jobs and investment and improves the borough for current
residents, future residents, businesses and visitors.
Therefore, the Council will be carrying out a six week
consultation, starting 13 January, to invite thoughts and
suggestions on the level, nature and location of development and
growth in Bedford Borough.
Earlier plans set out a number of future development
opportunities in the borough, which are now coming to fruition. For
• Construction of Wixams Village One is well underway with
around 650 new homes, a new school, shop and community centre
already in place.
• Development on the site of the former RAF Cardington so far
includes around 240 new homes, a new school and a local shop
• West of Bedford the new housing development is so far
accompanied by new schools, a Premier Inn and a Brewers Fayre
The Council is now required to produce new plans to ensure that
sustainable managed growth takes place up to 2032.
Councillor Sarah Jayne Holland, Portfolio Holder for Community
and Regulatory Services,, said: “The Local Plan is a vitally
important document which sets out how Bedford Borough will grow in
“The responsibility for making sure we have space for the new
homes and jobs needed by a growing population rests with us. If we
don’t rise to the challenge then the decision about where growth
happens will be taken out of our hands.
“Growth brings new jobs, homes, investment and opportunities to
the borough but it is important it is managed correctly. That is
why we are consulting with local residents to ensure when it is
completed our Local Plan will allow sustainable development and
growth across the borough.
“The consultation starts on 13 January and I would urge everyone
with an interest in the future of the borough to get involved with
the consultation and let us have your thoughts.”
As well as asking questions about how much growth there should
be and where it should go, the consultation also invites the
submission of possible development sites and asks for views on the
future role of the town centre.
More detail about the consultation and how you can
respond are available on the Council’s website www.bedford.gov.uk/localplan2032
or by contacting the Planning Policy Team on 01234
Drop in’ sessions will be happening around the borough so that
residents have the opportunity to come along and talk with a
council officer about the local plan. The dates and times of the
drop in sessions are:
Bromham Village Hall Monday 20th Jan
Great Barford Village Hall Wednesday 22nd Jan
Harpur Suite, Bedford Thursday 23rd Jan
Clapham Village Hall Friday 24th Jan
Sharnbrook Village Hall Monday 27th Jan
11am-3pm and Tuesday 28th Jan 7pm-9.30pm
Keysoe Village Hall Wednesday 29th Jan
Harpur Centre, Bedford, by the
spiral Thursday 30th Jan 8am-5pm
Wootton New Life Methodist Church Hall Monday 3rd