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Local Plan Consultation – have your say

Bedford Borough Council‘s consultation on its ‘Local Plan 2030’ starts today (Tuesday 18th September 2018). It will run for 6 weeks until Tuesday 30th October 2018.

The Local Plan 2030 sets out proposals for growth and development in Bedford Borough to 2030. This includes building new homes, provision for jobs and facilities to support new communities.

Portfolio Holder Cllr Colleen Atkins said:

“This Local Plan sets out where growth will take place in the Borough up until 2030, and this consultation invites local residents and other interested parties to comment on the Plan before the Council considers it for formal examination.”

Changes after over 3,200 comments on the draft plan

This stage in the Local Plan follows the consultation on the draft ‘Plan for Submission’ held between January and March 2018. This received over 3,200 individual comments.

Following this, changes to the Plan include the removal of a proposed ‘Garden Village’. The end of the plan period has also moved to 2030.

The government has targeted the Council to plan for 14,550 extra homes by 2030. With allocations and permissions already in place for over half this number, new sites are identified for about 6,000 dwellings. Some of these will be built after 2030.

The development strategy for the Local Plan has not changed. The main focus for housing growth is still the urban area of Bedford and Kempston.

How to comment in the Local Plan

You can respond to this consultation online or by completing a response form available at local libraries and the Customer Service Centre on Horne Lane.

Responses can also be emailed to or sent by post to Local Plan 2030, Planning Policy Team, Bedford Borough Council, Borough Hall, Bedford MK42 9AP.

All responses should be made on the official form where possible and returned by 5pm on Tuesday 30th October 2018.