Bedford Borough Local Plan 2032 – Public Consultation

The Council has prepared a second consultation paper about the Bedford Borough Local Plan 2032.

Since we last consulted on Issues and Options in early 2014, a number of important studies have been completed and we are now seeking your views on them and on how we have interpreted their findings. The questions in the consultation paper invite your comments on a vision for the plan, the levels of housing, employment and other development required, the general locations for growth (the development strategy) and a methodology for how we propose to select sites for development.

We are also inviting people to send to us details of any sites suitable for development that were not submitted during last year’s ‘Call for Sites’ and there is an opportunity to comment on a methodology for selecting Local Green Spaces; a new designation permitted by the National Planning Policy Framework.

Once this consultation is closed and responses have been analysed we will start to write the plan itself.  The Local Plan timetable can be found in the Local Development Scheme (

You will find further details about the consultation process below. Please note that responses must be received by 5pm on 14th December 2015. All responses may be made public.

Consultation Details

How to find information
To view the consultation documents, please go to  Paper copies will be available to view at the Customer Services Centre in Bedford (Horne Lane) and at the following libraries in the borough during normal opening hours: Bedford Central, Bromham, Kempston, Wootton, Putnoe, Bedford Borough mobile library, and also libraries outside the borough in Biggleswade, Flitwick, Rushden and St. Neots.

Making comments
We prefer to receive your comments electronically. You can either complete the on-line form (you will be able to print a copy for your records) or download a WORD version of the questionnaire to complete and return to us in WORD format attached to an email to

Alternatively you can send a letter (please attach a stamp) to:

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

Or fax to 01234 325671.

Drop in Sessions
We have organised a series of ‘drop-in’ sessions. If you would like to speak to a council officer in person or find out more about the Local Plan 2032 then please come along. You do not need to make an appointment.  Drop in sessions will be held at the following locations:

Date and time

Bromham Village Hall
Monday 26th​ ​October, 2pm to 9pm

Great Barford Village Hall
Wednesday 28th​ ​October, 2pm to 9pm

Sharnbrook Village Hall
Thursday 29th​ ​October, 12.30pm to 4.30pm

Sharnbrook Methodist Church
Thursday 29th​ ​October, 5.30pm to 9pm

Wootton New Life Methodist Church Hall
Wednesday 4th​ ​November, 2pm to 9pm

Riseley Village Hall
Friday 6th​ ​November, 11am to 6.30pm

Wilstead Village Hall
Monday 9th​ ​November, 2pm to 9pm

Clapham Village Hall
Friday 13th​ ​November, 2pm to 9pm

Howard Centre (TK Maxx / New Look)
Wednesday 18th​ ​November, 11am to 4pm

Keysoe Village Hall
Friday 27th​ ​November, 6pm to 9pm

Bedford Market (near BHS)
Saturday 28th​ ​November, 11am to 4pm

Closing date for the receipt of comments (paper and electronic) is 5.00pm 14 December 2015. Please note that all comments received may be made public.

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