Local Plan

Community planning in Central Bedfordshire

First look at the draft community plan for where you live

At our events, we asked for your thoughts and comments on where you live to help us develop our emerging Local Plan.

Whilst this isn't a statutory requirement, we wanted to make sure we heard what you have to say about where you live. Our draft Local Plan is progressing well and we will consult with you at the end of June on this.

We'd like to share the first drafts with you to make sure we've got it right.

Have a look at our 2016 events or 2017 events (below) to view the draft plan for where you live. If your plan isn't in the table yet, don't worry; we're still working on them and will add new ones as we go. If you gave us your contact details at your event, we'll let you know when your plan is ready.

We need your feedback

If you attended one of our events, we'd love to check that we've captured everything you told us about.

Send us feedback on your community plan >>

Snail mail: You can also download the form (PDF 39.1KB) and return it to:

Community planning
Central Bedfordshire Council
Priory House
Monks Walk
SG17 5TQ


Local Plan community workshop events in 2016
DatesCommunity plan areaVenueDraft community planConsultation closes
20 OctoberNorthill, Old Warden, SouthillNorthill Village Hall

Download draft plan for Northill et al (PDF 2.4MB)

Download appendix for Northill et al (PDF 321.2KB)

Closed 31 March 2017
26 OctoberFlitton and Greenfield, Gravenhurst, Pulloxhill, Shillington, Silsoe, Barton-le-Clay, StreatleySt. Nicholas' Church Hall, Barton-le-Clay

Download draft plan for Barton-le-Clay et al (PDF 3.4MB)

Download appendix for Barton-le-Clay et al (PDF 343KB)

Closed 31 March 2017
3 November
Moggerhanger, Blunham, Tempsford, Sandy
Community Room, Sandy Town Council, 10 Cambridge Road, Sandy, Bedfordshire, SG19 1JF
Download draft plan for Sandy et al (PDF 3.1MB)
Download appendix for Sandy et al (PDF 351.7KB)
7 April 2017
10 November
Potton, Sutton, Wrestlingworth and Cockayne Hatley, Eyeworth, Everton, Dunton
Potton Town Cricket Club, The Hitchinson Hollow, Biggleswade Road, Potton, Bedfordshire, SG19 2LX
Download draft plan for Potton et al (PDF 3MB)
Download appendix for Potton et al (PDF 506.5KB)
7 April 2017
16 November
Biggleswade, Edworth, Langford
Biggleswade Town Council offices, The Old Court House, 4 Saffron Road, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 8DL
Download draft plan for Biggleswade et al (PDF 2.5MB)
Download appendix for Biggleswade et al (PDF 370.1KB)
18 April 2017
23 November
Chalgrave, Chalton, Harlington, Sundon, Tingrith, Toddington, Westoning
Guide Hall, Toddington Guiding HQ, St. George's Close, Toddington, Bedfordshire, LU5 6AT
Download draft plan for Toddington et al (PDF 3.1MB)
Download appendix for Toddington et al (PDF 452.8KB)
18 April 2017
1 December
Marston Moretaine, Cranfield, Hulcote and Salford, Ridgmont, Brogborough, Lidlington, Millbrook
Marstone Moretaine Village Hall, 94 Bedford Road, Marston Moretaine, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK43 0LD
Download draft plan for Marston Moretaine et al (PDF 3MB)
Download appendix for Marston Moretaine et al (PDF 515.4KB)
18 April 2017
8 December
Woburn, Potsgrove, Milton Bryan, Eversholt, Husborne Crawley, Aspley Guise, Aspley Heath
Woburn Village Hall, Crawley Road, Woburn, Bedfordshire, MK17Download draft plan for Woburn et al (PDF 2.6MB)
Download appendix for Woburn et al (PDF 330.2KB)
18 April 2017

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Local Plan community workshop events
DatesCommunity plan areaVenueDraft community planConsultation closes
1 February 2017Leighton Buzzard, Eggington, Hockliffe, Heath and Reach, BattlesdenLeighton Buzzard Theatre, Lake Street, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7 1RXDownload draft plan for Leighton Buzzard et al (PDF 2.9MB) Download appendix for Leighton Buzzard et al (PDF 569.3KB)
5 May 2017
9 February 2017
Arlesey, Astwick, Stotfold, FairfieldOak Hall, Greenacre Centre, Buttercup Road, Stotfold, SG5 4PFDownload draft plan for Stotfold et al (PDF 2.6MB)
Download appendix for Stotfold et al (PDF 477.6KB)
5 May 2017
23 February 2017Clophill, Haynes, Houghton Conquest, MauldenHaynes Village Hall, Northwood End Road, Haynes, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK45 3QBDownload draft plan for Haynes et al (PDF 2.9MB)
Download appendix for Haynes et al (PDF 324.5KB)
5 May 2017
2 March 2017Clifton, Campton and Chicksands, Henlow, Stondon, Meppershall, SheffordShefford Baptist Church, 4 Bedford Road, Shefford, Bedfordshire, SG17 5DJDownload draft plan for Shefford et al (PDF 3.1MB)
Download appendix for Shefford et al (PDF 492.8KB)
22 May 2017
9 March 2017Dunstable, Houghton RegisBedford Square, Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire, LU5 5ES

16 March 2017Ampthill, Steppingley, FlitwickThe Rufus Centre, Steppingly Road, Flitwick, Bedfordshire, MK45 1AH

22 March 2017Eaton Bray, Studham, Hyde, Kensworth, Stanbridge, Billington, Tilsworth, Totternhoe, Slip End, Caddington, WhipsnadeStudham Village Hall, 2 Dunstable Road, Studham, Bedfordshire, LU6 2QG

Send us your feedback on your draft community plan

What are community plans?

Community plans are being developed in partnership with town and parish councils, residents and local interest groups to understand and identify what services or infrastructure issues exist in local areas and equally, what unique characteristics or spaces need to be protected or could be enhanced.

Community plans are being started as part of the process for developing a Local Plan for the whole of Central Bedfordshire.

The Local Plan provides the overall approach to sustainable growth and some allocations for community facilities, infrastructure, housing, employment etc. across Central Bedfordshire.

Community plans focus on these needs at a more local level.

How will the information be used?

This information will be used to help shape the future of the area.

The information from the community plans will help to inform the Draft Local Plan (currently being developed). The Local Plan will set out how our area will develop in the future, up to 2035, and how we will make sure this growth happens in a structured and sustainable way - by using the information from the community planning.

The information from community planning will also be used to help us make decisions about planning applications and what conditions we might put in place around certain developments.

Sometimes developers have a duty to give financial contributions which are used to help provide schools, roads and other infrastructure in the area where new homes are to be built. The community plans can be used to inform where that money could be best spent in the local area.

What will happen at a community planning event?

Central Bedfordshire has been grouped into 15 community areas. Each area includes a number of town or parish councils.

Community planning events are being held in each area between November 2016 and April 2017.

Each event is designed, using interactive techniques, to draw out relevant issues and opportunities to support future growth. We will explore six themes; local character; growth and infrastructure; transport; jobs and business; environment and homes.

Our video explains how the event works and what you can expect.

What happens after the community planning event?

The feedback from the events will be analysed and a report summarising the feedback will be produced and published on this website.

Our vision is that these events are the start of an ongoing dialogue with the local community about development and local needs.

The information collected will be updated as some areas develop and grow and therefore their needs and issues change.

We very much see the “life” and use of community plans will extend beyond the process for developing the Local Plan.

Some communities may also choose to take their community plan and feed it into the background evidence for their neighbourhood plan.  In these cases, the community themselves will very much start to take ownership of the plan and more control over shaping where they live.

What is the difference between this and a neighbourhood plan and a community plan?

Neighbourhood plans enable local communities to shape the development and growth of their neighbourhood as they have full weight as planning policy, that is planning decisions are made using the neighbourhood plan and the Local Plan. Neighbourhood planning is not a legal requirement but is a right which communities can choose to use. Some areas in Central Bedfordshire have neighbourhood plans and some areas are developing them.

Community plans are similar to neighbourhood plans but they cover a larger area than a neighbourhood plan. Although community plans do not hold any weight in planning policy terms, they will be used to inform the Local Plan for Central Bedfordshire which absolutely does.

Existing neighbourhood plans or those that are currently being produced will be used to inform the community plans.

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