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Local Plan 2035

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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. 

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. Previous consultations can be viewed here.

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 at the bottom of the page.

 

Consultation April 2017

THIS CONSULTATION IS NOW CLOSED.

The consultation paper 2017 and the accompanying documents can be viewed below for information:

 

Consultation paper 2017

Summary leaflet

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Updated Strategic Housing Market Assessment (Oct 2016)

B

Updated Development Strategy and Site Selection Methodology (as at April 2017)

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Updated Rural Settlement Hierarchy Scoring Methodology (as at April 2017)

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New Settlements Assessment Framework Methodology and Initial Sites Assessment (as at April 2017)

E

Strategic Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment (as at April 2017)

F

Education Implications for Local Plan 2035 (as at April 2017)

G

Site Assessments and Potential Options for Allocation (as at April 2017)

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Local Green Space Assessment Methodology; and

Initial Site Assessments (as at April 2017)

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Economy and Employment Topic Paper (as at April 2017)

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Bedford Retail Study update (March 2017)

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Updated Commercial Leisure Needs Study (as at April 2017)

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Hotel Futures Update 2014 (addendum November 2016)

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Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment (as at April 2017)

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Renewable Energy Resources Topic Paper (December 2016)

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Shopping Policies Topic Paper (March 2016)

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Second Addendum to Issues and Option Sustainability Appraisal (as at April 2017)

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Sustainability Appraisal of Sites (as at April 2017)

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Issues and Options Paper 2015 – Consultation Comments and Responses (as at April 2017)

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IPe (Intelligent Plans and Examinations) report to Bedford Borough Council (November 2016)

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Landscape Sensitivity Study; Group 1 and Group 2 Villages (April 2017)

 

Sites

To view all sites submitted as part of the Local Plan ‘call for sites’ exercises in 2014 and 2015 please follow this link.

To view all potential local green space submissions please follow this link

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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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