Planning overview

A national shortage of qualified planning staff has resulted in vacancies within our planning team. This has led to some unavoidable delays in our handling of planning applications. To address this, we have launched a fresh recruitment campaign. We appreciate your patience at this time. Our dedicated team are committed and working hard to ensure you receive your planning decision as quickly as possible.

If you already have an allocated planning officer, they will contact you / your agent directly as required, to progress your application. To find out more about the planning process and what to do please see: Customer Service staff are unable to offer any additional assistance at this stage.

Find plans, decisions, documents and planning applications, enforcement notices and appeals

When permission is needed and how to check if permission has been given

Personal data for planning and commenting

The answers to the questions below are all dealt with on the planning comments page, once on this page, please click on the relevant link in the menu.

Planning Committee

Submitting appeals and planning applications

Historic environment, planning policy, CIL and S106 agreements

Making a complaint

  • If you have a complaint about the Planning Services Department, then please go through the Council's Complaints Procedure.
  • If you are still not happy then you can go to the Local Government Ombudsman, an independent person who investigates allegations of maladministration causing injustice to the person who has complained.

When to contact Planning

Telephone: 01234 718068
8.45am to 5.15pm (Monday to Thursday) and 8.45am to 4.45pm (Friday)


Post: Planning Services, 4th Floor, Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AP