Local Plan - FAQs
Does the Local Plan include provision for Gypsies and Travellers?
Yes this is a requirement. We need to plan for all sections of the community including Gypsies and Travellers and Travelling Show People.
The Local Plan sets out the need for provision in terms of number of new pitches (Gypsy and Travellers) and plots (Travelling Show People) require over the next 20 years. We need to plan for 71 Gypsy and Traveller pitches and 31 Travelling Show People plots over the next 20 years.
The locations for these are not defined in the Local Plan because they will be delivered through planning applications.
Why is Central Bedfordshire including homes for Luton?
We are required to consider housing need from surrounding areas under the Duty to Co-operate. This is legislation that governs how local authorities and other bodies co-operate on cross boundary issues in the preparation of Local Plans. This means that in order for our Plan to be ‘sound’ we must consider any housing need that cannot sustainably be met in neighbouring authority areas; this is a standard approach.