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Technical supporting studies for the Local Plan

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The Central Bedfordshire Local Plan is supported by a range of technical evidence studies. Some of these technical studies have already been prepared and been subject to consultation, including the Design Guide and the Environmental Framework.

Some studies were consulted on as part of the draft Local Plan. The consultations which have guided preparation of this new technical evidence are detailed below, alongside the next steps for these documents.

Sustainability Appraisal

A sustainability appraisal must be carried out during the preparation of every local plan. The aim of a sustainability appraisal is to promote sustainable development; it does this by judging the emerging plan against the reasonable alternatives. It considers the Local Plan against environmental, economic and social objectives, highlighting potential improvements and any adverse effects which are likely to need addressing. The sustainability appraisal tests the evidence underpinning the Local Plan and ensures that the proposals put forward within the Local Plan are the most appropriate ones when compared against the reasonable alternatives.

Download the Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report (PDF 1.1MB)
Download appendix II (PDF 742.3KB)

Next Steps

We asked for your comments on our proposed approach to preparing the sustainability appraisal via our draft Scoping Report in August 2016. As a result of this consultation, some alterations were made and a final scoping report was published in October 2016. The resulting Sustainability Appraisal Report was published for consultation in July 2016 alongside the draft Local Plan. This included a non-technical summary which summarised all the key findings of the sustainability appraisal.

Other technical reports

The following technical reports are published alongside the pre-submission Local Plan. You can view these reports online (link opens in new window).

  • Level 1 Strategic Flood Risk Assessment
  • Level 1 Strategic Flood Risk Assessment: Appendix A-F
  • Level 2 Strategic Flood Risk Assessment Vol 1
  • Water Cycle Study
  • Water Cycle Study: Appendices A-C
  • Water Cycle Study: Maps 1-7
  • Central Bedfordshire Retail Study
  • Gypsy & Traveller Accommodation Assessment (GTAA)
  • Functional Economic Market Assessment & Employment Land Review
  • Central Bedfordshire & Luton Stage 1 & 2 Green Belt Study
  • Central Bedfordshire & Luton Stage 1 & 2 Green Belt Study: Appendices 1-3
  • Central Bedfordshire Stage 3 Green Belt Study
  • Urban Capacity Report
  • Luton HMA Growth Options Study
  • Luton HMA Growth Options Study: Appendix
  • North Central Bedfordshire Growth Options Study
  • North Central Bedfordshire Growth Options Study: Appendix 1-5
  • Residential Development Viability Report
  • Local Plan Viability Assessment (Update)
  • Development Gain & Economic Benefit from East West Rail
  • Infrastructure Delivery Plan
  • Important Countryside Gaps Study
  • Important Countryside Gaps Study: Appendix
  • Central Bedfordshire Local Plan Stage 1C & 1D Transport Modelling
  • Central Bedfordshire Local Plan Stage 2A Transport Modelling
  • Windfall Topic Paper
  • Sustainability Appraisal
  • Sustainability Appraisal: Non-Technical Summary
  • Sustainability Appraisal: Appendices
  • Habitats Regulation Assessment (HRA)
  • Equality & Diversity Impact Assessment (EqIA)
  • Central Bedfordshire & Luton Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) (Dec 2017)
  • Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA)
  • Housing Implementation Strategy (HIS)
  • Consultation Statement
  • Settlement Envelope Review
  • Settlement Envelope Review: Appendices
  • Proposed Submission Policies Map
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