Sites submitted for the Local Plan
We launched the Central Bedfordshire 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 they believe could be developed to meet future demand for homes and jobs. The full list of sites that were submitted was published on 25 May 2016.
Why are the sites being published?
We received approximately 830 submissions to our Call for Sites from both rounds (2014 and 2016). We have published the full list of sites that have been submitted with accompanying parish maps, so that everyone has the chance to see the sites that will be considered through the Local Plan process.
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. Please see the questions and answers for more information.
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.
How will the sites for new homes be chosen?
We recently consulted on our draft Site Assessment Criteria for housing, employment and gypsy and traveller sites. We are now reviewing all responses received during this consultation and will make any required changes to the forms. Once these forms have been finalised, each site will be assessed and this will provide us with a shortlist of suitable sites that could accommodate growth. This assessment will be summarised in the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment that will be published at the end of the year.
A range of other technical evidence will then be used to develop options for growth in the plan; this includes the growth options study, the strategic green belt review and the sustainability appraisal. These will be considered within a draft Local Plan which will be published for consultation at the end of 2016 / early 2017.
Please see the questions and answers for further detail on this process.
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