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Community Planning events
October 2016 - March 2017: Community Planning events will be held across Central Bedfordshire. We will develop a community plan for every area of Central Bedfordshire. We will develop these in partnership with town and parish councils, local residents, interest groups and stakeholders. The Local Plan will provide the overall approach to sustainable growth and some allocations for community facilities, infrastructure, homes employment etc. Community plans will focus on these needs at a more local level. They will be supporting documents on how to plan for sustainable growth, local infrastructure (open spaces, education provision, transport links, health provision etc.) and new homes; recognising what is important to them and capturing their needs for facilities and infrastructure up to 2035.
There are formal requirements for notification and consultation under the Town and Country Planning Regulations 2012 which governs the Local Plan making process. There will be a number of opportunities for you to get involved in helping to shape where you live.
Spring 2017: A draft Local Plan will be published for consultation over six weeks. Alongside the plan there will be a number of technical background studies published including:
- Sustainability Appraisal
- Strategic Housing Market Assessment
- Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (including the results of the Site Assessment process)
- Settlement Capacity Study
- Growth Options Studies
- Viability Study
- Strategic Green Belt Review
- Strategic Flood Risk Assessment
- Employment Studies
- Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment (PDF 1.7MB)
Summer - Autumn 2017: We will publish the pre-submission Local Plan for consultation over six weeks All objections and comments (called representations) will be sent to the appointed Inspector to be considered during the examination of the Local Plan.
Late 2017 - Early 2018: The Local Plan will be submitted to the Secretary of State for an examination. This means the Local Plan and all supporting documents and all of the representations received will be sent to the Planning Inspectorate. A planning inspector will then undertake examination of the Local Plan to check that it is legally compliant and suitable to guide development in the area. Importantly, the inspector will only consider representations made on the pre-submission Local Plan, neither we or any individuals can comment at this stage. Anyone who has made representations during the development of the plan will be invited to add further information and/or appear at the hearings which are public sessions where evidence can be considered by the inspector. The inspector will then write a report with recommendations, and after this the council is able to adopt the Local Plan.
Download the engagement timeline (PDF 30.1KB) to see the process for making the plan and the consultations and opportunities to get involved. You can also download the engagement strategy leaflet (PDF 402.6KB) , which explains the engagement approach.
News to date
December 2016: We intend to hold fire on publishing our Draft Local Plan (originally scheduled for January 2017). This is due to an anticipated Housing White Paper from the government, scheduled for January, which may have implications – for all local authorities – in terms of the number of homes we may be required to accommodate and on the process for development of the Local Plan. Read more about this decision under Local Plan 2015-2035.
November 2016: The Shaping Central Bedfordshire consultation closed 1 November. We will now collate this feedback and use it to inform the draft Local Plan.
October 2016: We began the first two of 15 community planning events, which take place across Central Bedfordshire.
August 2016: Following the release of the ‘call for sites’ we gave agents and landowners a limited period of time in which to check that their submissions had been recorded accurately on the maps and schedules that were published on the website.
This process threw up a small number of changes in proportion to the overall number of sites and we have now updated the maps and schedules accordingly. Sites have been added to the parishes of:
- Marston Moretaine
- Old Warden
July 2016: We held a workshop for town and parish councils on 13 July. Download the town and parish council presentation slides (PDF 1.6MB) .
July 2016: We held a workshop for stakeholders on 14 July. Download the stakeholder presentation slides (PDF 1.3MB) .
July 2016: The Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report (PDF 676.6KB) has been published for consultation.
June 2016: The draft site assessment criteria have been published for consultation (have your say on the criteria consultation). Once approved, these criteria will be used to assess the sites received through the 2014/2015 and 2016 call for sites.
May 2016: List of all sites submitted to 2014/15 and 2016 Calls for sites released.
February to April 2016: Call for Sites to landowners in Central Bedfordshire.
February 2016: Local Development Scheme (PDF 835.3KB) showing the programme for the New Local Plan approved for publication under delegated powers.
February 2016: New Local Plan for Central Bedfordshire launched.
November 2015: Development Strategy withdrawn at full Council.