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Planning policy and its purpose

These local development documents set out the spatial strategy for Bedford Borough. 

A 'spatial strategy' is one which takes into account social, economic and environmental factors such as health and housing, and which does not purely focus on the regulation and control of land.

Preparing local development documents is an ongoing process and each document can take years to get adopted.

The adopted policies in these documents form the basis for decision making when planning applications are submitted to the council.