In accordance with Regulation 19 of The Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Act 2012, Central Bedfordshire Council is publishing its Pre-submission Local Plan. The consultation will begin Thursday 11th January 2018 for a period of six weeks until 5pm on Thursday 22nd February.
What is the Pre-submission Local Plan?
The Local Plan plans positively to shape Central Bedfordshire up to 2035. It identifies how many homes and jobs will be provided, outlines the strategy for growth and also sets out more detailed policies which will be used to determine planning applications. The Pre-submission Local Plan will ensure that the growth we need is delivered in the right place, is of the right character and quality, and is delivered with the supporting roads, schools and services such as health, as well as retail, leisure and community facilities. A number of supporting documents including the Sustainability Appraisal are being published alongside the Local Plan as technical documents.
All of the documents will be available to view on the CBC website: (www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/localplan) from 10am on Thursday 11th January, and at the Council Offices in Chicksands (opening times from 8:30 to 17:00 Mon -Thurs and 8:30 – 16:00 on Friday). In addition, the Local Plan will be available to view at the Customer Service Centres in Biggleswade and Leighton Buzzard, and the main libraries across Central Bedfordshire (opening times vary).
You can submit feedback online by following the links on the CBC website at www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/localplan or in writing to CBC at:
Central Bedfordshire Council
The Bedfordshire LNP has been consulted as a statutory consultee and will be submitting a response, please contact Jon Balaam (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Friday 9th February if you would like to flag any issues or points you feel the LNP should be including within its representation. Please note the LNP representation will be strategic in nature and will not go into specific details, and resources for collating and producing comments are limited, so please be as concise as possible and highlight the top 5 key issues or points you wish to make.
What happens next?
Following the consultation, CBC will collate all representations they receive and these will be forwarded to the independent Planning Inspector alongside the Local Plan at Submission in accordance with regulation 22 of The Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Act 2012.