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Local Plan 2040

Bedford Borough Council is preparing a new local plan. We are consulting you on the latest draft which focuses on the following key policy areas:

  • Development Strategy to 2040 and delivery of growth in order to meet national policy requirements
  • Town centre and retail policies in order to support a more flexible future for our centres
  • Updated development management policies (those used to help make decisions on planning applications) to do with
    • Environmental net gain
    • Quality of development and residential space standards
    • Self-build and custom homebuilding

Consultation documents

The Draft Plan: Strategy options and draft policies consultation will run from Tuesday 29 June to 5pm on Friday 3 September 2021.

Have your say

We would like to hear your views on the Draft plan (PDF).

A paper copy can also be read at Bedford Central Library, Harpur Street, Bedford MK40 1PG by 45 minute appointment – call 01234 718174.

Subject to Covid restrictions being lifted on 19 July, copies will also be made available at all libraries in the borough. The key documents will be available at Rushden, St Neots, Biggleswade and Flitwick libraries during normal opening hours.

Respond to consultation online 

We would prefer you to use the online consultation system which allows you to save comments as you go along, and return to your response at a later time before you submit it.

It also retains a copy for your records. Responding online will help to improve the efficiency of the plan-making process.

Draft plan and supporting documents online response

Add your comments against the individual paragraphs. If you have comments on any of the supporting documents, please see para 1.21 and Table 1 of the strategy options document.

Our FAQs (PDF) document should answer any questions you have, but if not please email your question to (ideally put ‘consultation question’ as the title of your email).

We also have a dedicated phone line (01234 718300) where you can leave an answer phone message containing your query and the number you would like us to call you back on.

Other ways to comment

Alternatively you can download and complete the Draft plan response form (Word). Please submit completed forms to us by email (or post if necessary). Details are on the form.

Drop in sessions

Please come along and talk to us at one of our drop in sessions at The Howard Centre, Bedford (by the indoor entrance to TKMaxx) between 11am and 2pm on:

  • Wednesday 14 July
  • Saturday 17 July
  • Wednesday 28 July
  • Sunday 1 August
  • Wednesday 11 August
  • Saturday 21 August

Previous consultations

Local Plan Review

The Issues and Options consultation held between 14 July and 4 September was the first step in deciding the content of the Borough’s new local plan. 

The consultation is now closed however documents are available below for reference.

Issues and Options responses

Responses to the Issues and Options consultation are now available to view. These will help us write a draft plan which you will have the opportunity to comment on in mid 2021.

Call for sites

Following the call for sites earlier this summer the Planning Policy Team has collated information about the sites that were submitted.

Over 440 sites were received. The information is available to view here geographically: Bedford call for sites.

See our simple instructions to assist you when using the online system.

Please email if you have any queries.