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Local Plan - overview

Local Plan Submission (Regulation 22)

The Central Bedfordshire Local Plan was submitted to government on 30 April 2018 and will now be subject to an independent examination by a Planning Inspector. This part of the local plan process is called Regulation 22.

Who oversees the process now

The Planning Inspector's task is to consider the soundness of the submitted plan, based on the criteria within paragraph 182 of the National Planning Policy Framework. The inspector will also consider whether the plan has been prepared in accordance with the duty to co-operate and meets the legal and procedural requirements.

The Programme Officer, who works on behalf of the Planning Inspector, will organise and manage the administrative and procedural matters of the examination process and is the point of contact for any queries in relation to the examination or correspondence with the Inspector.

What is the process

The examination is likely to include a series of hearings on what the Inspector deems to be critical issues affecting the Plan. Respondents who made representations proposing changes to the Plan during the consultation on the Plan (Regulation 19) may be invited to take part in a hearing.

Those selected will be contacted by the Programme Officer once the hearing ti­­metable has been finalised.

During the examination period, the submission and examination material will be available to be viewed by the public.

What documents are available, and how can I view them?

View list of Local Plan documents

Submission documents

The following links will take you to folders which contain PDF documents relating to each topic:

Printed copies

A printed copy of the submission materials will also be available to view at the Council Offices at Priory House, Chicksands and the Local Plan will be at libraries around the authority area.


You can view representations made during the two Local Plan consultationsby selecting the relevant document and click the magnifying glass icon next to each chapter, section or comment point.

What happens next?

The examination of the plan will begin with initial checks to make sure it meets regulatory requirements. After this stage, the hearing timetable will be finalised and published and any participants requested by the Inspector will be contacted.

The Programme Officer will also contact all those who responded to the last consultation (Regulation 19 which ran from January to February 2018) to provide further detail on the examination process.