Executive To Consider ‘Local Plan 2035’ for Public Consultation

A meeting of Bedford Borough Council’s Executive will next week consider Bedford Borough’s Local Plan 2035 for public consultation.

Published on: 2018-01-04 11:46:00

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On behalf of Bedford Borough Council:

A meeting of Bedford Borough Council’s Executive will next week consider Bedford Borough’s Local Plan 2035 for public consultation.

 

The Council is required by the Government to plan for the ‘Objectively Assessed Need’ for housing in the Borough to be met in full.

 

This requirement means that the Council must plan for 19,000 dwellings to be built by 2035. However, with allocations and permissions already in place for the majority of this number, new sites are required for just under 8,000 of these dwellings.

 

The Council must also make sure that sites are available for new jobs to be created alongside housing. Employment sites identified in earlier plans provide enough space for future requirements. For this reason no new strategic employment land needs to be found at this stage to meet the Borough’s needs.

 

The focus for housing growth continues to be urban area of Bedford and Kempston, with brownfield sites accounting for around 80% of the new homes planned in the urban area.

 

In order to limit the impact on existing communities, the Plan also includes a proposal for one new settlement- Colworth Garden Village- which would provide around 2,500 homes by 2035. The proposals include a new parkway rail station to help ease congestion on the A6, alongside two new access roads from the A6 one of which would provide a new access to Santa Pod Raceway and Colworth Science Park thereby taking traffic away from existing villages and rural roads.  

 

The Plan includes a range of provisions to ensure sustainable growth including infrastructure requirements, green energy, and local employment.

 

Portfolio Holder Cllr Colleen Atkins said “This Plan will set out how our Borough will grow and develop in the coming years and, if approved by the Executive next week, this Plan will go out to its fifth public consultation in recent years, each of which has helped to shape the emerging Local Plan 2035.”

 

 

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For further information please contact:

Kasia Juraszek, Corporate Communications             

Tel: 01234 276084