Bedford Borough’s Local Plan 2030 Approved

A meeting of Bedford Borough’s Full Council has approved the Bedford Borough Local Plan 2030.

The Local Plan 2030 sets out proposals for growth and development in Bedford Borough over the next decade. As well as allocations for the building of new homes, it also includes provision for jobs and the development of facilities such as schools, transport and shops to support new communities.

Objectives of the Plan include providing the right amount and type of housing for communities across the Borough; supporting a strong economy; improving transport infrastructure; developing a green infrastructure network; and high quality, inclusive, and safe built communities which value the local landscape and the historic environment.

This approval followed a number of modifications by the Planning Inspectors, as part of the statutory Local Plan Process, which were approved by the meeting of Full Council. One of these modifications requires the Council to review the Plan and either update it or issue a new one within three years of this adoption, in response to longer-term projects such as the Oxford-Cambridge Arc.

Mayor Dave Hodgson said “The approval of this Local Plan means that as a Council we have the power to deliver housing and growth in accordance with our vision. This Local Plan has been through public consultation, review and examination and my thanks go to everyone who took part, had their say, and for all the hard work that was required to bring us to this moment.”