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Did you know that you can view and comment on planning applications online?

January 11, 2018 in Uncategorized

Did you know that you can view and comment on planning applications online?

This note explains how you can do this. It also explains how regular users can set up alerts when the status of applications changes and filter their searches to areas of particular interest such as wards or villages or if you have breach of planning enquiry. For assistance you can ring 01234 718068, email planning@bedford.gov.uk or refer to HOW TO GUIDES at www.bedford.gov.uk/searchplans

• go to www.bedford.gov.uk/searchplans

There are two ways of searching for Records from 1995: Please use option 2 if you have the application number

Option 1. on the map by address
• Please click on the map
• Click on the magnifying glass and type in the address click on the search button
• Click on the map on the site you are looking at
• A box will appear click on the arrow and all the History and some of the constraints will automatically appear for you to scroll through. Click on the LEGEND icon to identify those constraints that show automatically
• You can see all constraints by clicking on the LAYER LIST icon (3 squares on top of one another) and you can select or deselect any of the planning constraints.
• Click on For more information click here to be taken into the database for all the application details
• Click on the Down arrow to be returned to the map

Option 2. or by using the database directly as follows

• Click on the link To VIEW AND COMMENT ON PLANNING APPLICATIONS
• Use the following:
• Select Applications (planning), Appeals or Enforcement cases.
• ADVANCED SEARCH to locate applications by, for example: App No / Address / postcode / Ward / Parish / Decision / Application type or any combination of the criteria shown.
• SIMPLE SEARCH for application number or the first line of the address.
• PROPERTY SEARCH followed by the ADDRESS SEARCH to search on the address (please use the help with this page before conducting a search) this will then reveal all records on the site
• WEEKLY / MONTHLY LISTS to see those applications determined or registered
• PLANS and DOCUMENTS can be seen by clicking DOCUMENTS – VIEW ASSOCIATED DOCUMENTS
• You can also track applications and be sent automated emails when the status changes.
• FILE CORRESPONDENCE: is held in electronic format from 1995 – To Date at the Customer Services Centre only.

For whether or not something requires planning permission or for planning advice please refer to www.bedford.gov.uk/planningenquiries the interactive house provides a lot of information.

How to make comments on an application
• Online:- Go to www.bedford.gov.uk/searchplans Click on To VIEW AND COMMENT ON PLANNING APPLICATIONS link. Type in the application number and click on search then click on make a comment.

• By email to:- planning@bedford.gov.uk Please submit your comments as an attachment to the email (which does not contain your personal email address, phone number or signature) and quote the application reference number in the title and the word Object, Support or Comment so this can be recorded accurately (an automated email will confirm we have received this email). A paper acknowledgement with additional application specific information will be sent to the Customer’s home address once entered onto our planning database (this currently cannot be done by email))

• By Writing a letter:- to Planning, 4th Floor, Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford,

Central Bedfordshire Pre-Submission Local Plan Consultation

January 11, 2018 in Uncategorized

Central Bedfordshire Pre-Submission Local Plan Consultation

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, and is inviting members of the public to express their views by taking part in the consultation.

The consultation will begin at 10am on 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. A number of supporting documents including the Sustainability Appraisal are being published alongside the Local Plan as technical documents.

How you can view the Pre-submission Local Plan and supporting documents
All of the documents will be available to view on the Central Bedfordshire Council 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).

Have Your Say
Only the comments (representations) submitted during this consultation will go forward to the independent Planning Inspector to review before the Public Examination on the Local Plan. In addition, only those who have made a comment can speak at the Public Examination sessions.

During the consultation, you’ll be able to submit feedback online by following the links on the website at www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/localplan or in writing to:

Local Plan
Central Bedfordshire Council
Priory House
Monks Walk
Chicksands
Shefford
SG17 5TQ

Opportunities to talk to Council Officers about the Pre-submission Local Plan
It is appreciated that the Local Plan may raise lots of questions, so there will be a number of drop-in-sessions for members of the public and other interested parties to talk to Council Officers and ask questions; there’s no need to book, just come along.
Public drop in sessions will be held at the following locations (3pm – 7:30pm):

• Thursday 18 January – Barton Rovers Football Club
• Thursday 25th January – Lidlington Village Hall
• Tuesday 30th January – Arlesey Village Hall
• Thursday 8th February – Biggleswade Orchard Centre

What happens next?
Following the consultation, the Council will collate all of the comments received and these will be forwarded to the independent Planning Inspector alongside the Local Plan in accordance with regulation 22 of The Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Act 2012.