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Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SuDS) 

Consultation 17th November – 22nd December 2017

This Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) intends to address sustainable development across Bedford Borough by defining the requirements for the implementation of Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) in future developments.  The SPD will provide a framework to promote sustainable development within Bedford Borough through planning standards and objectives set out in the document. The aim of this SPD is to outline the requirement of SuDS within developments, identify the information required to validate and support a planning application, and provide a benchmark for Bedford Borough Council to assess such applications against.  Before progressing any further with the SuDS SPD, we would like to hear your views on the aim and objectives of the document.  The consultation is also an opportunity to provide comments on the usability and contents of the SPD.

The consultation documents can be viewed by clicking the links below:

Draft SuDS SPD main document

Appendix A

Appendix B

Appendix C

Appendix D

Appendix E

Sustainability Appraisal


If you have questions about the issues raised in the consultation documents which you cannot find answers for on our website, you can call 01234 718534 leave a message and we will return your call.  You will be asked to give a brief description of what you want to discuss, a number we can call you back on and an indication of a convenient time we can call.


Making comments

Please email your comments to floodrisk@bedford.gov.uk.

Alternatively you can send a letter (please attach a stamp) to:

Flood Risk Team

Bedford Borough Council                  

Borough Hall (4th Floor)

Cauldwell Street


MK42 9AP

Please note that your responses must be received by 5pm on 22 December 2017.  All responses may be made public.



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 2015 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.

In April 2017 we issued a further consultation on a draft strategy for where future growth might be located in the borough, along with a series of site options to accommodate that growth and included four potential new settlements. This consultation was carried out between April and June 2017.

We received 1,800 responses to the consultation. We have redacted these responses for data protection purposes and they can be viewed using the links below:

Resident responses (organised by parish)

Agent and consultant responses

Land owner responses

Other responses


summary of key issues raised is available here.

Previous consultations held in 2014, 2015 and 2017 can be viewed here.


Local Plan 2035 Next Steps

The next scheduled Local Plan 2035 consultation will take place in February and March 2018. Further details of the plan preparation timetable can be found in the Local Development Scheme.

Please note that the timetable at Appendix 5 shows the draft Plan for Submission will be considered for public consultation by the Council's Executive in December 2017. As there is no Executive meeting in December this year, the report will be considered on 10th January 2018.


Town Centre South Development Framework Consultation

Under the One Public Estate (OPE) programme the council is developing a master plan for the Town Centre South area of Bedford. The master plan will help us shape the growth of the town including new homes, workspaces and shops.

The OPE programme's main aim is for the owners of public sector assets to work together to make better use of the combined assets. The master plan will provide options for housing development on sites with one or more public sector owners.

This process will assess the capacity and land use mix of development sites to help inform the emerging Bedford Borough Local Plan 2035 and the delivery of brownfield sites within the urban area of Bedford.

A consultation on the Bedford Masterplan Emerging Spatial options ran from 4th to 31st October 2017 and is NOW CLOSED.

The document and more information can be found at www.bedford.gov.uk/ope.


The Government's consultation on how to calculate housing need

On 14th September 2017 the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) published its consultation Planning for the right homes in the right places. The consultation is the next step in delivering some of the proposals that were consulted on in the 2017 housing White Paper. It will lead to the first changes to the National Planning Policy Framework since it was issued in 2012. These changes will be the subject of further consultation in due course (anticipated early 2018).

Further details can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/planning-for-the-right-homes-in-the-right-places-consultation-proposals


Of particular significance is the government's proposed standard methodology for assessing housing need. This is likely to impact on the number of homes the council will need to allocate in future. There is uncertainty about the timing and outcomes of the consultation and so for the moment the council is continuing work on the Local Plan 2035 on the basis of the current, known level of housing need which is 19,000 homes.



The list of submitted sites includes four large-scale proposals for new settlements which are Lee Farm Sharnbrook (site 622), Thurleigh Airfield (site 630), Land at Twinwoods (site 608 listed under Milton Ernest) and Wyboston Garden Village (site 659).


The 2017 Consultation Paper included preferred sites for the urban area and alternative site selection options for the Group 1 villages of Bromham, Clapham, Great Barford, Sharnbrook and Wilstead. Site promoters involved with each of the options were asked to provide evidence that they can work together. The additional information received can be viewed here.


To view all sites submitted as part of the Local Plan preparation in 2014, 2015 and 2017 and any additionally submitted information please follow this link.

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


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