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Development plan documents

The development plan documents below 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 the control of land.

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

The policies in these documents also form the basis for making decisions on planning applications submitted to the Council.

There are also made Neighbourhood Plans.

In addition the following neighbourhood plans are awaiting referendums that have been delayed until at least May 2021 due to COVID-19. Government guidance explains that these plans can be given significant weight in the consideration of development proposals:

  • Bletsoe
  • Bromham

Please see the Neighbourhood Plan page for more information.