Consultation now closed
Thank you to everyone who took the time to respond to the Consultation on Proposed Modifications to the 'Minerals and Waste Local Plan: Strategic Sites and Policies' for Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Luton Borough Councils. The consultation took place between 4th April and 15th May 2013. Representations were received from 28 individuals/companies/organisations .
Two lists have been compiled setting out the valid and other representations received. All representations (valid and other representations) have been submitted to the Planning Inspector, Geoffrey Hill, who has been appointed by the Secretary of State to undertake the Examination in Public. The representations will help him to decide whether a further hearing is necessary, or whether to proceed to write his report concerning the Soundness of the Plan.
Copies of the representations received can be accessed by clicking on the PDFs below:
Further Modifications - valid representations (PDF 84KB)
Further Modifications - other representations received (PDF 78KB)
Appendix 1 - full representation from FCC (PDF 1.6MB)
Should you have any queries, please contact either Susan Marsh on 0300 300 6032, or Lester Hannington on 0300 300 6219
The Hearings into the ‘Minerals and Waste Local Plan: Strategic Sites and Policies’ for Bedford, Central Bedfordshire, and Luton, ended on Thursday 24 January 2013.
As a result of issues raised during the Hearings, the ‘Joint Authorities’ (Bedford Borough Council, Central Bedfordshire Council, and Luton Borough Council) have prepared the Proposed Modifications for public consultation for a period of six weeks.
The Proposed Modifications are categorised as Main Modifications or Additional Modifications. The ‘Joint Authorities’ are notifying you that this consultation will begin at 9am on Tuesday 2 April 2013 and finish at 5pm on Wednesday 15 May 2013.
The Proposed Modifications, Representation form, a Scoping Report for the Sustainability Appraisal, and Habitats Regulation Assessment, can all be viewed here:
The Proposed Modifications (PDF 1.4MB)
Representation form (PDF 44KB) If you would like a "word" version of the representation form please email us at email@example.com
Scoping Report for the Sustainability Appraisal (PDF 133KB)
Habitats Regulation Assessment (PDF 214KB)
If you wish to refer to the evidence base these can be viewed online - Minerals and Waste Core Strategy Submission document (August 2012). Please note that the evidence base is not part of this consultation.
Copies of the consultation documents are available during the consultation period at the following council offices (PDF 15KB) and customer service centres.
The consultation documents are also available to view at these libraries (PDF 15KB).
If you wish to make a representation then you can send these either by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Write to us
You can make a representation in writing to the following address:
The Minerals and Waste Shared Planning Service
Central Bedfordshire Council
In order for your representation to be registered as valid it must:
- Be received after 09:00hrs on Tuesday 2 April and no later than 17:00hrs on Wednesday 15 May 2013;
- State to which part of the Proposed Modifications it relates;
- State the test(s) of soundness (see below) that the proposed modification fails;
- State what changes to these modifications should be made, so as to make them comply with the four ‘Tests of Soundness’.
- Indicate whether you are happy for your representation to be dealt with in writing, or whether you wish to present your views orally at a further Hearing session,
Please note that if you wish to be notified of the adoption of the Plan please indicate this on your representation.
‘Tests of Soundness’
These tests are set out by the Government in the National Planning Policy Framework at paragraph 182. Any representation must be related to one or more of these tests. The 4 Tests of Soundness are:
- Positively prepared - this means the plan should be prepared based on a strategy which seeks to meet objectively assessed development and infrastructure requirements.
- Justified - this means founded on robust and credible evidence base, and being the most appropriate strategy when considered against reasonable alternatives. There should be evidence of participation of the local community and others which have a stake in the area. Choices should be backed up by facts.
- Effective - this means deliverable (with no barriers, and with partners who are signed up to proposals); coherent with strategies of neighbouring authorities; flexible to change. The document should be able to be monitored, showing who is responsible for delivering the policies and proposals and when they will happen.
- Consistent with national policy - or if there is a departure from it, it must be justified. If your representation relates to more than one Test of Soundness, please be clear which parts of your comment relate to which test.
Please be aware that all representations received on the Proposed Modifications will be forwarded to the Planning Inspector, Geoffrey Hill, who has been appointed by the Secretary of State to undertake the Examination in Public.
Should you have any queries, please contact either Susan Marsh on 0300 300 6032, or Lester Hannington on 0300 300 6219.
Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire, and Luton Borough Councils have now submitted their joint Minerals and Waste Core Strategy Plan for Submission including Main Modifications and Additional Modifications (dated May 2012) to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on 10 August 2012.
The next stage is that the Secretary of State will shortly appoint a Planning Inspector to carry out an Independent examination of the Plan, to consider whether the Plan (as submitted) is 'sound' and can be adopted by the Councils.
This will include consideration of the representations that people have made during the recent consultations on Soundness (between 5 December 2011 and 5 February 2012) and Main Modifications and Additional Modifications (from 4 June to 16 July 2012).
The Inspector will set the timetable for the Pre-Hearing Meeting and the Hearing itself (anticipated December 2012). The Plan and supporting documentation can be viewed on our online portal. Click on the Minerals and Waste Core Strategy Submission Document (August 2012) tab.
Sam Mellonie, the Programme Officer, will act as the contact point for any person who has made representations at the Plan for Submission stage and as a liaison between the Inspector, the Council and examination participants. The Programme Officer will act independently on behalf of the Inspector to organise and manage the administrative and procedural matters of the examination process and is the first point of contact for any questions relating to timetabling or procedural matters. All statements should also be submitted through her. Any matters anyone wishes to raise with the Inspector should be submitted via the Programme Officer.
Sam Mellonie’s contact details are:
Tel: 0797 1296800
Town and Country Planning, England
The Town and Country Planning (Local Planning)(England) Regulations 2012
Statement in accordance with Part 6, Regulation 22 (3)(iv) of the above Regulations
Bedford Borough Council, Central Bedfordshire Council and Luton Borough Council Minerals and Waste Plan for Submission incorporating Main Modifications and Additional Modifications (‘The Plan’)
The Minerals and Waste Core Strategy Plan for Submission incorporating Main Modifications and Additional Modifications was submitted to the Secretary of State on 10 August 2012.
The following documents were submitted:
A copy of The Plan; and a copy of:
(a) the Sustainability Appraisal Report
(b) the Submission Policies Map, and
(c ) a statement setting out:
- which bodies and persons the local planning authority invited to make representations under regulation 18,
- how those bodies and persons were invited to make representations under regulation 18,
- a summary of the main issues raised by the representations made pursuant to regulation 18,
- how any representations made pursuant to regulation 18 have been taken into account,
- if representations were made pursuant to regulation 20, the number of representations made and a summary of the main issues raised in those representations; and
- if no representations were made in regulation 20, that no such representations were made
- copies of any representations made in accordance with regulation 20; and
- such supporting documents as in the opinion of the local planning authority are relevant to the preparation of the local plan
- the documents set out in (7) and (8) above
Copies of the above documents are available for inspection at the following Council offices:
Bedford Borough Council
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5.15pm and Friday 8.30am to 4.45pm
Central Bedfordshire Council
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5.00pm and Friday 8.30am to 4.00pm
Luton Borough Council
38 George Street
Opening Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday – 8.30am to 5.30pm and Wednesday 10am to 5.30pm
Alternatively The Plan and supporting documentation can be viewed via the internet portal or via the Councils websites:
Bedford Borough Council
Central Bedfordshire Development Framework
Consultation is now closed.
Bedford Borough Council, Central Bedfordshire Council and Luton Borough Council are carrying out a consultation on certain changes to the Minerals and Waste Core Strategy Plan for Submission. The Modifications are a result of representations made on the consultation concerning the Soundness of the ‘Minerals and Waste Core Strategy Plan for Submission’ from 5 December 2011 to 5 February 2012, recent appeal decisions and the National Planning Policy Framework published in March 2012. Changes are proposed to the Visions, Objectives, and Policies (the ‘Main Modifications’) and there are also editorial changes to the text (the ‘Additional Modifications). These Modifications are set out in the Minerals and Waste Core strategy Plan for Submission including Main Modifications and Additional Modifications.
Following this consultation the Core Strategy will be submitted to the Secretary of State for Examination in Public. Any responses to this consultation will also be sent to the Secretary of State when the Plan is submitted.
The Minerals and Plan Core Strategy Plan for Submission including the Main and Additional Modifications, the Sustainability Appraisal, and supporting technical evidence base papers can be viewed using our internet portal. Alternatively you can download the consultation document:
Core Strategy 28 May - Pages 1-17 (PDF 1.6MB)
Core Strategy 28 May - Pages 18-67 (PDF 3.8MB)
Core Strategy 28 May - Pages 68-79 (PDF 255KB)
Core Strategy 28 May - Pages 80-100 (PDF 6.2MB)
Core Strategy 28 May - Pages 101-123 (PDF 7.7MB)
"Alternatively copies of the consultation document can be viewed at the following Council offices, libraries, and "points of presence": Please see on attached document viewing locations of hard copies. (PDF 7KB)
The consultation on the ‘Main Modifications and Additional Modifications’ to the Minerals and Waste Core Strategy will commence on the 4 June 2012 at 9 am and run until 9 am on the 16 July 2012. Representations received will be forwarded to the Planning Inspectorate for the Inspector to consider alongside those received in connection with the consultation on the soundness of the Minerals and Waste Core Strategy. It is anticipated that the Minerals and Waste Core Strategy will be submitted in August 2012, with an Examination in Public taking place in November or early December.
Representations can be made using the Objective Online portal, by emailing us email@example.com or by letter to:
Minerals and Waste Planning Shared Service
Central Bedfordshire Council
You can also submit your representations by completing response form (PDF 21KB).
Please note that all representations must relate only to the ‘Main Modifications and Additional Modifications’, and be received no later than 9am on 16 July 2012 to be considered valid, and to be passed onto the Planning Inspectorate for consideration.
Should you require further information please contact the Minerals and Waste Shared Planning Service on telephone number 0300 300 6219.
This consultation closed in February 2012.
The Minerals and Waste Core Strategy Plan for Submission sets out strategic objectives for minerals and waste issues within the Plan area, identifies strategic sites for both mineral extraction and waste management (including waste disposal and waste recovery capacity) for the period up to 2028, and includes a suite of core policies which will be used to determine planning applications for mineral extraction and waste management. It is accompanied by Technical Evidence Papers (which interpret and summarize purely factual information, and provide the key assumptions in the Core Strategy); as well as an Evidence Base of factual information; and a Sustainability Appraisal. This Plan represents the final stage in the preparation of the Core Strategy prior to it being submitted to the Secretary of State for approval.
However, before we submit the Plan to the Secretary of State, we need you to tell us whether or not it is ‘sound’. To be ‘sound’ the document should be justified, effective and consistent with national policy.
- To be justified the Plan must be based on robust and credible information. It must also be the most appropriate strategy when considered against the reasonable alternatives.
- To be effective the Plan must contain proposals that have reasonable prospects of being developed whilst being flexible enough to respond to changes in circumstances. We must also be able to check that the policies are doing what they are supposed to be doing.
- The Plan should be consistent with national policy, or where there is a departure from it, it should be justified.
Please note that the consultation on soundness ended on the 5 February 2012. The Councils are presently considering the representations received.
All representations are available for inspection on our consultation portal.
If you want to make comment you need to decide on what basis:
- Legal Compliance – the Councils have to prepare the Plan according to a number of legal requirements. The Inspector will ensure that these have requirements have been met. Any response relating to the way the Plan has been prepared is likely to fall under this category.
- Soundness – if you are responding on the content of the Plan then your comment is likely to relate to this category.
We believe that this document is ‘sound’. If you disagree we need to hear from you. To make your response you must say to which part of the Core Strategy your response relates to, and to which policy or paragraph. You can view and comment on the Minerals and Waste Core Strategy Plan for Submission and supporting documents on our consultation portal.
You can view and comment on the Minerals and Waste Core Strategy Plan for Submission and supporting documents on our consultation portal.
Copies of the Core Strategy and supporting information (Technical Evidence Papers and Sustainability Appraisal) are available for inspection at the following locations:
Bedford Borough Council
Central Bedfordshire Council
Luton Borough Council
30 – 34 Upper George Street
The documents are available to purchase:
- Minerals and Waste Core Strategy (paper copy): £15 (including postage)
- Minerals and Waste Core Strategy (CD including the supporting Technical Evidence Papers, Evidence Base and Sustainability Appraisal): £2.50 (including postage)
Please note that if you would like individual copies of any of the supporting documents (Technical Evidence Papers, Evidence Base, Sustainability Appraisal), photocopying charges will apply. Please contact us for further information.