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Local Plan 2030

 

Local Plan 2030Bedford 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. 

 

The Council is consulting on Local Plan 2030: Plan for Submission starting on Tuesday 18th September and finishing on Tuesday 30th October at 5pm.

The Local Plan 2030: Plan for Submission and the supporting documents can be found below:

Local Plan 2030: Plan for Submission

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Summary Leaflet

Statement of Representations Procedure

Sustainability Appraisal Report

Sustainability Appraisal Report Appendices

Sustainability Appraisal non-technical summary

Supporting documents

 

The draft plan, together with supporting documents and information about the grounds on which you should make representations are available to view at local libraries and at the Customer Service Centre in Horne Lane Bedford.

 

How do I comment?

Your comments on the plan are invited. This is an important stage for the local plan as the Government’s Planning Inspectorate will be conducting an Examination of the plan’s soundness and your responses will be considered by the appointed Inspector. Please note if you made a response to the draft local plan consultation between January and March 2018 it will be carried forward; there is no need to resubmit your comments. However you can add to those comments or make a new submission on another part of the plan if you would like to. If you haven’t commented on the local plan before, please take this opportunity to get involved. We welcome representations on any part of the draft plan 2030.

 

Your comments on the amended plan can be returned by:

• completing the online response form

• emailing a word or pdf  version of the response form to:

planningforthefuture@bedford.gov.uk

• completing a paper version of the response form and posting it (with a stamp) to:

Local Plan 2030, Planning Policy Team, Bedford Borough Council, Borough Hall, Bedford MK42 9AP

 

See here for guidance notes on completing the forms

All responses should be made on the official form where possible and returned by 5pm on 30 October 2018.

 

Previous Consultations

How we got to where we are

Representations on the Local Plan 2035 ‘Plan for Submission’ were invited between 22 January 2018 and 29 March 2018. Over 3,200 individual representations were made. A key allocation within the plan was a new garden village at Colworth Park, in the north of the Borough near Santa Pod Raceway. It relied upon agreement between the garden village promoter and the operator of the raceway to deliver a range of noise mitigation measures. The response from the operator of the raceway confirmed that it had not been possible to reach such an agreement which brought into doubt the deliverability of the scheme.

 

View the representations received and a summary of the main issues raised

 

On 16th May 2018 the Council's Executive agreed that the 'Plan for Submission' version of the Local Plan 2035 should not be recommended to Full Council for submission to the Secretary of State for public examination, and that Officers should carry out additional work on the evidence base to support an amended Plan for Submission.

 

In addition, Executive approved an update to the Local Development Scheme. This includes a revised timetable for the preparation of the Local Plan (Appendix 5).

 

The Local Plan 2030 was approved for consultation by Executive on 5th September 2018.

The Executive report can be viewed here.

 

The Local Plan 2030 has been through various consultation stages during its preparation. These can be viewed here.

 

Site Submissions

'Call for sites' took place during 2014 and 2015 where the council invited the submission of sites for consideration for potential allocation in the plan. Further sites were also submitted in 2017 and 2018. All sites submitted as part of this process can be viewed by clicking the link below. This is not the list of sites that are in the plan. It is the list of all sites that were submitted for consideration during the 'call for sites'.

Call for sites submissions

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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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