Bedford Borough Local Plan 2035

This is to make you aware of some important information about the preparation of the Bedford Borough Local Plan.

You will recall that at the end of 2015, several documents were made available for consultation and at the same time there was a second opportunity for people to put forward sites for development.

The list of newly submitted sites includes several large-scale proposals for new settlements and as a result the timetable for the preparation of the local plan has been updated to provide sufficient time for their evaluation. This will now happen during 2016, and in early 2017 a consultation will take place to invite comments on the outcome of that work. Consultation responses will help to inform the Council’s decision about whether or not to include one or more new settlements as part of the plan’s strategy for accommodating future growth.

As the local plan needs to look forward 15 years from the date of adoption, changes to the plan’s timetable mean that the end date of the plan has moved from 2032 to 2035. The technical documents that have already been published will be updated to take account of this change and the amended documents will be available for comment in due course.

More detail about the plan’s new timetable can be found in the Local Development Scheme 2016 which can be viewed on the council’s website

If you have any questions about the Local Plan 2035 please contact the planning policy team

Planning Policy Team
Bedford Borough Council
‘ 01234 718070
* 4th Floor, Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AP

All general planning information is available on our website:

However, if the information is not available online, you will need to complete a request for advice on our pre-application enquiry form and pay the appropriate fee. Full information of this service and the online enquiry form can be found via this link

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