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Local Plan 2040

Bedford Borough Council is preparing Local Plan 2040 which has now reached Regulation 19 stage. Local Plan 2040 builds on the Local Plan 2030 strategy and rolls the planning of the Borough on a further 10 years to 2040.

The strategy explains where homes and jobs will be delivered through new allocations alongside the allocations already adopted in the Local Plan 2030.

Local Plan 2040: Plan for Submission consultation

Consultation is now taking place on the Local Plan 2040: Plan for Submission. The plan was approved for consultation purposes by the Council’s Executive on 27 April 2022.

The consultation will run for 6 weeks until 5pm on Friday 29 July 2022.

The Local Plan 2040: Plan for Submission, a short summary leaflet and the supporting documents can be found below:

How to Comment

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 on-line will help to improve the efficiency of the plan-making process.

Comment on the Local Plan 2040: Plan for submission 

Alternatively comments can be submitted using the response form below. Please use a separate form for each response. You should read the guidance notes before making your response.

You can return the response form (in Word format please) by email to

The response form can also be downloaded and returned by post to (please attach a stamp):
Local Plan 2040 consultation
Planning Policy Team
Bedford Borough Council
Borough Hall
Bedford MK42 9AP

Paper copies of the Local Plan 2040 and key consultation documents are available to view at local libraries in the borough (and at St Neots, Rushden, Biggleswade and Flitwick libraries) during normal opening hours. Paper copies of all consultation documents are also available to view at the Customer Service Centre, Horne Lane, Bedford by appointment (please telephone 01234 267422).

FAQs (pdf) If you have a question which is not covered, you can email your question to – ideally put ‘consultation question’ as the title of your email. Additionally we 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.

Next Steps

Following this consultation the responses will be considered. Approval will then be sought from the Council’s Executive and Full Council to submit the plan to the Planning Inspectorate for examination in public.
More information on the timetable can be found in the Local Development Scheme.

Previous consultations

Local Plan Review

The Draft Plan: Strategy options and draft policies consultation was held between 29 June and 3 September 2021.

The consultation has now closed and the documents are available for reference:

View responses to the consultation at

Issues and Options responses

The Issues and Options consultation held between 14 July and 4 September 2020 was the first step in deciding the content of the Borough’s new local plan. 

The consultation is now closed and the documents are available for reference:

View the Issues and Options responses at 

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.