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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Bedford Borough Council 2032 Local Plan, Call for Sites 2015

Latest News – Bedford Borough Council 2032 Local Plan, Call for Sites 2015.

You will be aware that Bedford Borough Council (BBC) are developing a local development plan for the borough. As part of this process land owners were asked (in 2014) to identify land with the potential for development, termed, ‘Call for Sites’. BBC have recently renewed their Call for Sites and have now published the 2015 results.

You will have seen the 2014 outline map of sites as part of the recent Neighbourhood Development Plan questionnaire. One of these sites encompassed the Twinwoods area, however, there was little detail provided as to how the site might be developed.

The 2015 Call for Site plan is viewable on the BBC website. The following web address will take you to the relevant page and hard copies will be posted on Parish Council notice boards.

Simply copy the below and paste into your internet browser.

It should be noted that none of these potential sites have as yet been assessed or agreed by BBC.

The Parish Council wish to bring all of these potential sites to your attention and in particular would draw your attention to sites 164 and 608 (Twinwoods and surrounding area).

The site owners have submitted a proposal for a new settlement. The settlement is predicted to grow to 6,000 dwellings, with schools, shops and employment areas. The proposal, also available via the BBC 2032 planning website, includes a re-routing of the A6.

Background detail for all potential sites within Milton Ernest can be accessed via the below web address:

Again we need to state that this is not a planning application. It is an expression of interest by the landowner/agent.

The sites listed have been put forward by land owners and developers so that the Borough Council can consider them for inclusion in the Local Plan 2032. Not all the submitted sites will be allocated for development. The council is now assessing all of the sites to enable the most appropriate sites to be selected for inclusion in the draft plan for submission. Site submissions have been published for information only. Please do not send us your comments on these sites at this stage. (source BBC Website)

The Parish Council are continuing to develop a Neighbourhood Plan, which will include key outcomes gathered from local views and opinion. The Parish Council are seeking to meet with representatives of the Twinwoods submission and will continue to communicate further information when it becomes known.

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Do You Like To Play Table Tennis?

Presidents Division Table Tennis Flyer

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Superfast Broadband for Milton Ernest

Most of Milton Ernest Parish has now access to superfast broadband. The exceptions are farms and other individual or clusters of premises towards the edge of the parish.  These areas will be in the Borough Council’s second broadband project. Keep in touch at

Contact your ISP provider for access – prices will vary.  To find out more – contact the website above.

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14/00815/FULWM Land adjacent Milton Rd and Old Milton Road Thurleigh

Amended/Additional plans have been submitted for this application for the construction of a green waste and wood waste recycling facility.  They are V1A, V7A, V9A, V11, V12. V13 and technical data.  Comments must be in by 3rd July.

To look on line go to and put application number in the box.

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