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Local Plan Review

This Issues and Options consultation is the first step in deciding the content of the Borough’s new local plan. The consultation will run from Tuesday 14 July to 5pm on Friday 4 September 2020.  

Ordinarily we would hold a series of drop-in sessions but due to COVID-19 we are unable to do that. Instead we have prepared a presentation about this consultation (PDF) which we hope you will find helpful.

Have your say

The consultation paper below sets out a number of questions about the scope of the local plan and we would like to hear your views.

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.  

A copy can also be read at the Customer Service Centre, Horne Lane, Bedford MK40 1RA by appointment – call 01234 267422. Copies will also be placed in local libraries if they re-open during the consultation period.

Call for sites

Are there any sites we should specifically consider?

Because our list of sites submitted for potential inclusion in the Local Plan 2030 is now over five years’ old, we are asking that any previously submitted sites that are still felt to be suitable for development are resubmitted at this time with updated information and data. This will allow us to assess all of the potential sites on a level playing field basis.

The new local plan will identify land for development by allocating sites. If you know of a site that may have development potential, or if you are a landowner, business or developer and have a site you would like to bring to our attention, please complete a site submission form.

All sites proposed will be considered for inclusion in the plan. We would prefer you to do this online using our consultation system.

Please submit your sites to us by 5pm on Friday 14 August 2020.

Other ways to comment or submit a site

Alternatively forms can be downloaded, completed and then emailed, or submitted by post if necessary. Details are on the forms below: