General questions and answers - call for sites
What is the Call for Sites?
We launched the Local Plan in February 2016 and the Call for Sites, which ran until April 2016, was one of the first steps. The Call for Sites was an opportunity for agents, landowners and developers to submit land which could be developed to meet future demand for homes and jobs.
Why did we do a Call for Sites?
We need to make sure that there is enough land to meet Central Bedfordshire’s needs for housing, jobs and Gypsy and Traveller sites, as part of the new Local Plan. A Call for Sites is a way for us to identify land which is available for development.
There are a lot of sites listed. Will they all be developed?
No. All of the proposals will be considered, however, we have received many more submissions than is required to meet housing need and not all sites will be suitable for development. Only an estimated 4% - 6% of the total land that has been submitted will need to be allocated to deliver the new homes that are needed.
How many houses are needed?
The Draft Local Plan sets out how many homes will be needed in Central Bedfordshire up to 2035. It is estimated that only 4% - 6% of the total land submitted will need to be developed for new homes.
How does this affect you?
At the moment the sites have not been considered or selected for development so there is no impact on any residents. It is also the case that only an estimated 4% - 6% of the total land that has been submitted will need to be allocated to deliver the new homes that are needed.
Where can you see the site submissions?
The parish maps also show the constraints on new development, such as the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (ANOB) and flood zones. These provide an indication of where sites may be more difficult to bring forward.
Where has housing been built and where are sites with planning permission located?
We have produced a map (PDF 9.7MB) showing where housing has been developed and planning permissions have been granted between 2011 and 2015. This new housing will be taken into account when we carry out the site selection process.