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Accessible environments

We are committed to promoting equality of access to places within in Bedford Borough for everyone in our community. This includes making our facilities accessible for people with disabilities, elderly people, and those with young children.

To achieve this, when we receive planning applications for development of land and/or buildings we will use our planning and building control powers to encourage inclusive design in all new developments so as to achieve ‘access for all’.

Inclusive design 

Applications for development of and, where practicable and reasonable, the change of use or alterations to buildings open to the public, and buildings used for employment or education purposes, will normally be required to provide suitable access and facilities for disabled people, including those with sensory impairments.

Housing mix

We work with developers to encourage them to increase the choice of housing available to people with disabilities and elderly people. 

Accessibility Bedford 

The Accessibility Bedford Group is an independent voluntary group of people with disabilities, carers and others with an interest in promoting good accessibility to buildings and services.

Bedford Borough Council values the work of Bedford and District Access Group and the importance of regular consultation with it, and other groups, representing the interests of people with disabilities.