Central Bedfordshire Local Plan update: proposed timetable for adoption released

Additional hearing sessions could be held at the start of the summer

Central Bedfordshire Council has prepared a work programme and detailed timetable for progressing the Local Plan to adoption. The Inspectors examining the Local Plan had requested a timetable, alongside an update on the planning application for the M1-A6 road link.

In November, the Secretary of State confirmed it would not be calling in this application and the decision notice granting approval for the M1-A6 link road was issued on 9 January 2020.

The Local Plan work programme, along with an update on the M1-A6 link road, has now been sent to the Inspectors.

The Council said that it has been working to resolve issues raised by the Inspectors and that the timetable commits the council to completing and submitting any new evidence required by the end of April.

The timetable allows for additional hearing sessions to be held at the start of the summer. This will allow for participants to make representations on the new evidence. Once finalised, following these hearings, any Modifications recommended to the plan will be subject to public consultation, with the aim of adopting the Local Plan by the end of the year.

Cllr Kevin Collins, executive member for Planning and Regeneration, said:

“We remain as committed as ever to progressing the Local Plan and this is why we have proposed a timetable to the Planning Inspector that, if agreed, will see the Local Plan being adopted at the end of the year.

“The Local Plan is one of our highest priorities because it will serve to both protect our communities against speculative development and ensure that we can build communities with the supporting jobs, infrastructures and services that make a Central Bedfordshire a great place to live.”

The Council hope the Inspectors will agree to the proposed timetable. For transparency, the correspondence has been made available on the examination section of the council’s website for everyone to see.

You can access it via this link.