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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 finished consulting on the latest version of the Local Plan in October 2018. Further information on how we reached this stage can be found below under the 'How we got to where we are' section.


The Local Plan 2030: Plan for Submission will be considered by the Council's Executive and Full Council meeting on 5th December 2018. The Committee Report can be found on the Council and Democracy part of the website.


If agreement is given, the Plan will be submitted to the Secretary of State so that independent examination of it can take place. The anticipated timetable for the remainder of the Plan's preparation can be found in the Local Development Scheme.


How we got to where we are

Previous Consultations

The Council consulted on the Local Plan 2030: Plan for Submission between Tuesday 18th September and Tuesday 30th October (5pm).  This consultation has now closed.


Representations can be viewed here. For data protection reasons personal information has been removed. A searchable spreadsheet containing all representations is also available at the bottom of the page which shows the location of respondents where these were provided.


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

Local Plan 2030: Plan for Submission

Local Plan 2030: Plan for Submission changes shown

Summary Leaflet

Statement of Representations Procedure

Sustainability Appraisal Report

Sustainability Appraisal Report Appendices

Sustainability Appraisal non-technical summary

Supporting documents


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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