Central Bedfordshire Council’s Local Plan public consultation

Have your say before Friday 4 September

Consultation on Bedford Borough Council‘s Local Plan Review ends on Friday 4 September. The Council is urging people to have their say ahead of this deadline.

Local Plans set out where growth and development will take place- everything from houses and jobs to schools and infrastructure. Bedford Borough Council already has a Local Plan in place up to 2030.

However, with changes to national planning policy and proposals around the Oxford to Cambridge Arc, the Council needs to look further ahead.

Government requires councils to plan for a certain level of housing growth in their local plans. As part of the next Local Plan, allocations may need to be made for between 5,000 and 15,000 additional new dwellings over a plan period up to 2040.

The exact number will depend on forthcoming revisions to the Government’s housing-need formula.

It will also look at policies around climate change, protecting the natural environment, quality of development, self and custom build homes, open space in new developments, and policies around the town centre.

Mayor Dave Hodgson said:

“This is just the first stage in the Local Plan process, but it is still really important to give us your thoughts. This paper sets out the basics- how long a time period should the next local plan cover, what do you want us to look at as part of the plan, and more.

“Have your say at the start of this process, which is fundamental is shaping the future of your Borough.”

The full consultation paper, a presentation, a set of FAQs about the paper and a response form can be found at Local Plan Review. You can also request a paper copy of the consultation and/or response form by calling 01234 718070.

If you have any questions not addressed in the FAQ, the team can be contacted on 01234 718300 where you can leave a message and the team will come back to you.

The consultation closes at 5pm on Friday 4 September.