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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. 


Local Plan 2035: Plan for Submission consultation


Consultation is now taking place on the Local Plan 2035: Plan for Submission. The plan was approved for consultation purposes by the council's Executive on 10th January 2018.


The consultation period has been extended and will now end at 5pm on Thursday 29 March 2018.


An additional supporting document relating to the plan's viability has been made available and the extension of the consultation period is to provide time for those with an interest to consider it. The new document is numbered 25A in the supporting documents list. Comments on any part of the plan should be made by 5pm on 29 March.


The Council's Executive and Full Council will consider the Local Plan 2035 on 16 May 2018. Full Council will decide if the Plan should be submitted to the Government so that a formal examination in public can take place. The Local Development Scheme is being amended to bring it up to date.


The Local Plan 2035: Plan for Submission and the supporting documents can be found below:

Local Plan 2035: Plan for Submission

Summary Leaflet

Statement of Representations Procedure

Sustainability Appraisal Report

Sustainability Appraisal Report Appendices

Sustainability Appraisal non-technical summary

Supporting documents


How to Comment

Comments should be submitted using the response form. This ensures that you provide the information needed for the Planning Inspectorate to carry out the examination of the plan. Guidance notes are available to help. You can access and return the response form in a number of ways.


Option 1

Complete online response form

Your completed form will be automatically sent to the Planning Policy Team upon completion. A copy will also be sent to the email address you provided when completing the form.


Option 2

Download the word or pdf version of the response form, complete it and return it preferably by email to planningforthefuture@bedford.gov.uk.


Word version of response form

pdf version of the response form


Option 3

Download the word version of the response form or complete a paper copy available at local libraries and return by post to (please attach a stamp):


Local Plan 2035 consultation

Planning Policy Team

Bedford Borough Council

Borough Hall

Cauldwell Street


MK42 9AP


Next Steps

Following this consultation the responses will be considered and main issues identified. Approval will then be sought from Executive and Full Council to submit the plan to the Planning Inspectorate for examination in public.


More information on the timetable can be found in the Local Development Scheme.


Previous Consultations

The Local Plan 2035 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. 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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