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.”

River Festival 2020

2020 is River Festival Year!

2020 has arrived which means it is River Festival year here in Bedford Borough.

There are so many things that visitors to the ever-popular River Festival can expect to see and do at Bedford’s biggest event, returning on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 July 2020.

Bedford River Festival is one of the largest outdoor events of its kind, with around a quarter of a million visitors expected at this free Festival on our beautiful river and Embankment.

This weekend brings activities on and off the water, with dragon boat and raft racing, river parades with over 100 boats on the river, and water sports demonstrations. On dry land, there will be music, entertainment, stalls to browse, the funfair, heritage village, sports activities, hovercraft rides, fireworks, and much more.

The River Festival is a fantastic community event, with clubs, groups, and companies all coming together to take part in the dragon boat or raft races, and in other events and activities throughout the weekend. If you are a trader, community group, or would like to take part in the Bedford River Festival please contact the River Festival team at or visit the website

Mayor Dave Hodgson said “It is always great to have a River Festival to look forward to and as always, it is expected to be a spectacular weekend in our town. We know that people come back again and again to the River Festival, so we work to keep the old favourites and well as always looking to bring new things for visitors to see and do.

“There will be more announcements as we get closer to the big weekend, so keep an eye out for updates and get planning your River Festival weekend.”