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Technical reports

Employment land study

This document is a background document for the Submission Version of the Core Strategy and Rural Issues Plan and for the Submission Version of the Town Centre Area Action Plan.

Strategic flood risk assessment

A Level 1 assessment of strategic flood risk has been completed for the borough area.

This Strategic Flood Risk Assessment will support the preparation of the Local Plan 2035.

Landscape character assessment

Consultants LUC worked with Bedford Borough Council to prepare an update to the 2007 landscape character assessment for Bedford Borough. The 2014 landscape character assessment provides technical guidance and evidence to underpin planning and landscape management decisions in the borough.

2014 Landscape Character Assessment (PDF)

Retail study

Bedford Borough Council commissioned GVA Grimley in June 2005 to complete a retail study for the borough. The purpose of this study is to provide robust and up to date information for the development of Local Development Framework documents.

Strategic housing market assessment

Sets out the Objectively Assessed Housing Need for Bedford Borough. Supports the emerging Local Plan 2035.

Strategic Housing Market Assessment (PDF)

Strategic housing land availability assessment

Bedford's Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) was published in March 2010. This technical study assesses potential housing sites in order to provide evidence on housing supply. The study informs the Bedford Development Framework, specifically the Allocations and Designations Plan.

SHLAA Maps

Bedford waterspace strategy

This study is intended to provide a framework for promoting river related projects, which will help stimulate long-term regeneration of the river corridor within the Bedford Area.

Bedford Waterspace Strategy 2011

Water cycle study

The Council has worked with partners Anglian Water, Central Bedfordshire Council, the Environment Agency and the Internal Drainage Board Bedford Group to produce a Water Cycle Study. The study is in two parts, an Outline Report and a Detailed Report. The Water Cycle Study addresses water infrastructure issues associated with the delivery of growth to 2021.

Detailed water cycle study April 2012

Outline water cycle strategy May 2009

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