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Neighbourhood Planning

The Localism Act 2011 reformed the planning system to give local people new opportunities to shape development of the communities in which they live. Follow the link to view the Government's 'plain English' guide to the Localism Act for more information about the Act.

The Localism Act introduced a new tier of statutory plans to be prepared at the neighbourhood level by parish councils or town councils (where they exist) or in other areas, community members acting together as a neighbourhood forum. Follow the link to view the Council's Neighbourhood Plans Guidance. It is important that you talk to us if you are thinking of preparing a Neighbourhood Development Plan, as they form a legal part of planning policy and must follow a formal process.

 

What the Council will do to help

The Council has produced a note setting out how it will work with parish councils and neighbourhood forums undertaking neighbourhood planning. Follow the link to view the Council's note Neighbourhood Planning - what the Council will do

Bedford Borough Council has a Service Level Agreement (SLA) with Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity.

In order to use maps produced by Bedford Borough Council in any publications, a public sector mapping agreement (PSMA) must be signed to allow sharing of maps that have been produced. Further information is available from Ordnance Survey here.

https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/business-and-government/public-sector/mapping-agreements/public-sector-mapping-agreement.html

Please note that Bedford Borough Council cannot provide bespoke maps for the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Groups, but we can provide a Parish map. There are a number of private companies can produce and print maps for your documents.

Briefing note about OS mapping

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here to view frequently asked questions

 

Current Consultations

Bletsoe Neighbourhood Plan and Oakley Neighbourhood Plan are currently being consulted on. See table below for details.

 

 

Parish Council/

Website

Neighbourhood Area designation

Pre-submission consultation

Submission Consultation

Examination

Referendum

Date Made

1

Brickhill

8 Sept 2016

         
2

Bletsoe

1 July 2013

15 Sept to 31 Oct 2018

       
3

Bromham

18 Aug 2014

         
4

Cardington

8 Jun 2016

         
5

Carlton and Chellington

17 Mar 2016

25 May to 6 July 2018

       
6

Clapham

11 Jul 2016

         
7

Colmworth

20 Feb 2015

         
8

Cople

30 Jul 2015

         
9

Dean and Shelton

12 Nov 2014

         
10

Felmersham and Radwell

3 Nov 2014

         
11

Great Barford

23 Apr 2015

         
12

Great Denham

7 Jan 2014

         
13

Harrold

26 Jul 2016

         
14

Milton Ernest

1 Jul 2013

         
15

Oakley

14 Nov 2013

19 Sept to 31 Oct 2018

       
16

Pavenham

20 Jun 2014

         
17

Pertenhall and Swineshead

11 Apr 2017

         
18

Riseley

14 Mar 2018

         
19

Roxton

5 Nov 2014

         
20

Sharnbrook

27 Sep 2017

         
21 Stagsden

11 Sept 2015

         
22

Stevington

28 Nov 2013

         
23

Stewartby

26 Nov 2013

         
24

Thurleigh

1 Jul 2013

         
25

Turvey

19 Apr 2017

         
26

Wilden

14 Nov 2013

         
27

Willington

25 Nov 2015

         
28

Wilstead

22 Feb 2017

         
29

Wootton

9 Jun 2015

         
30

 Wyboston, Colesden and Chawston

12 Nov 2014

         

 

Neighbourhood Area designations

The first stage in the neighbourhood planning process is the designation of a Neighbourhood Area. The proposed Neighbourhood Area will need to be formally approved by Bedford Borough Council. Formal consultation will take place and any representations received will be considered before a final decision is made.

The Neighbourhood Areas that have been designated are shown on the map of Neighbourhood Areas

Details of the designated Neighbourhood Areas are available here

 

Guidance Information

 

Community Infrastructure Levy

Bedford Borough Council introduced the Community Infrastructure Levy in April 2013. If there is an adopted Neighbourhood Development Plan, or Neighbourhood Development Order, this will have implications for the amount of funding for local infrastructure priorities that is passed to the parish councils (or to be used by the council for local infrastructure priorities in unparished areas) from developments granted planning permission. The amount of funding is currently 25% of the CIL received from developments. Further information is available here.

 

Adjoining Local Authority Websites

Some of the adjoining Local Authorities have adopted Neighbourhood Development Plans. Details of these are available on the following websites below.

Central Bedfordshire –

http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/planning/strategic-planning/neighbourhood-plans.aspx

Huntingdonshire - http://www.huntingdonshire.gov.uk/planning/neighbourhood-planning/

Wellingborough - http://www.wellingborough.gov.uk/info/200143/neighbourhood_planning

Milton Keynes –

https://www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/planning-and-building/planning-policy/neighbourhood-planning

East Northamptonshire –

http://www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/neighbourhoodplanning

 

Contact Details - planningpolicy@bedford.gov.uk.

 

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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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