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Bedford Borough Local Plan Review

June 21, 2020 8:00 AM

Mayor Dave Hodgson with Bedford Borough MapLocal 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, and is now looking beyond that period. Next week's Executive meeting is set to discuss a Local Plan Review.

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.

If approved by Executive, the 'Local Plan Review - Issues & Options' paper will go out for consultation this summer asking people for their view.

This review and consultation will mainly focus on developing a strategy to guide housing and employment growth and identify the infrastructure needed to support it.

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.

The town centre was the subject of a separate consultation last year, which has led to the development of a draft Town Centre Plan. This will form part of the background to the Local Plan review and people will have another chance to have their say in this consultation.

This process will also open a 'call for sites' where people can put forward land to be allocated as a site for development in the next local plan.

Mayor Dave Hodgson said "This report going to Executive sets out the possible scope of our Local Plan review and, if approved, the consultation this summer will be a great opportunity for the public to have their say right at the start of this process. This 'Issues & Options' consultation really is looking at the very 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."

The papers are available on the Council's website.