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
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.