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Local Plan 2040

Bedford Borough Council is preparing a new local plan. Because many of the Council’s development management policies and site allocations policies are up to date and do not need to be changed, the next local plan will focus on only those matters that need new policy to deliver growth beyond 2030, or where new national policy means local policies need to be amended, deleted or introduced.

The Draft Plan: Strategy options and draft policies consultation will be considered by Executive on 9 June 2021.

View papers for the Executive meeting here.

Subject to approval it is anticipated that a public consultation will take place starting week commencing 28 June and will finish on Friday 3 September 2021. 

Further details of the consultation will be posted on this page in due course.

More details about the timetable are set out in the Local Development Scheme.

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 planning.policy@bedford.gov.uk if you have any queries.