Community planning in Central Bedfordshire
What are community plans?
Community plans are being developed in partnership with town and parish councils, residents and local interest groups to understand and identify what services or infrastructure issues exist in local areas and equally, what unique characteristics or spaces need to be protected or could be enhanced.
Community plans are being started as part of the process for developing a Local Plan for the whole of Central Bedfordshire.
The Local Plan provides the overall approach to sustainable growth and some allocations for community facilities, infrastructure, housing, employment etc. across Central Bedfordshire.
Community plans focus on these needs at a more local level.
How will the information be used?
This information will be used to help shape the future of the area.
The information from the community plans will help to inform the Draft Local Plan (currently being developed). The Local Plan will set out how our area will develop in the future, up to 2035, and how we will make sure this growth happens in a structured and sustainable way - by using the information from the community planning.
The information from community planning will also be used to help us make decisions about planning applications and what conditions we might put in place around certain developments.
Sometimes developers have a duty to give financial contributions which are used to help provide schools, roads and other infrastructure in the area where new homes are to be built. The community plans can be used to inform where that money could be best spent in the local area.
What will happen at a community planning event?
Central Bedfordshire has been grouped into 15 community areas. Each area includes a number of town or parish councils.
Community planning events are being held in each area between November 2016 and April 2017.
Each event is designed, using interactive techniques, to draw out relevant issues and opportunities to support future growth. We will explore six themes; local character; growth and infrastructure; transport; jobs and business; environment and homes.
Our video explains how the event works and what you can expect.
What happens after the community planning event?
The feedback from the events will be analysed and a report summarising the feedback will be produced and published on this website.
Our vision is that these events are the start of an ongoing dialogue with the local community about development and local needs.
The information collected will be updated as some areas develop and grow and therefore their needs and issues change.
We very much see the “life” and use of community plans will extend beyond the process for developing the Local Plan.
Some communities may also choose to take their community plan and feed it into the background evidence for their neighbourhood plan. In these cases, the community themselves will very much start to take ownership of the plan and more control over shaping where they live.
What is the difference between this and a neighbourhood plan and a community plan?
Neighbourhood plans enable local communities to shape the development and growth of their neighbourhood as they have full weight as planning policy, that is planning decisions are made using the neighbourhood plan and the Local Plan. Neighbourhood planning is not a legal requirement but is a right which communities can choose to use. Some areas in Central Bedfordshire have neighbourhood plans and some areas are developing them.
Community plans are similar to neighbourhood plans but they cover a larger area than a neighbourhood plan. Although community plans do not hold any weight in planning policy terms, they will be used to inform the Local Plan for Central Bedfordshire which absolutely does.
Existing neighbourhood plans or those that are currently being produced will be used to inform the community plans.
Local Plan community planning events in 2017
Each event will run between 2:30pm - 7:30pm.
||Community plan area||Venue|
|1 February 2017||Leighton Buzzard, Eggington, Hockliffe, Heath and Reach, Battlesden||Leighton Buzzard Theatre, Lake Street, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7 1RX|
|9 February 2017
||Arlesey, Astwick, Stotfold, Fairfield||Oak Hall, Greenacre Centre, Buttercup Road, Stotfold, SG5 4PF|
|23 February 2017||Clophill, Haynes, Houghton Conquest, Maulden||Haynes Village Hall, Northwood End Road, Haynes, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK45 3QB|
|2 March 2017||Clifton, Campton and Chicksands, Henlow, Stondon, Meppershall, Shefford||Shefford Baptist Church, 4 Bedford Road, Shefford, Bedfordshire, SG17 5DJ
|9 March 2017||Dunstable, Houghton Regis||Bedford Square, Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire, LU5 5ES|
|16 March 2017||Ampthill, Steppingley, Flitwick||The Rufus Centre, Steppingly Road, Flitwick, Bedfordshire, MK45 1AH|
|22 March 2017||Eaton Bray, Studham, Hyde, Kensworth, Stanbridge, Billington, Tilsworth, Totternhoe, Slip End, Caddington, Whipsnade||Studham Village Hall, 2 Dunstable Road, Studham, Bedfordshire, LU6 2QG|
Local Plan community planning events held during 2016
||Community plan area
||Northill, Old Warden, Southill
||Northill Village Hall
||Flitton and Greenfield, Gravenhurst, Pulloxhill, Shillington, Silsoe, Barton-le-Clay, Streatley
||St. Nicholas' Church Hall, Barton-le-Clay
||Moggerhanger, Blunham, Tempsford, Sandy
||Community Room, Sandy Town Council, 10 Cambridge Road, Sandy, Bedfordshire, SG19 1JF
||Potton, Sutton, Wrestlingworth and Cockayne Hatley, Eyeworth, Everton, Dunton
||Potton Town Cricket Club, The Hitchinson Hollow, Biggleswade Road, Potton, Bedfordshire, SG19 2LX
||Biggleswade, Edworth, Langford
||Biggleswade Town Council offices, The Old Court House, 4 Saffron Road, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 8DL
||Chalgrave, Chalton, Harlington, Sundon, Tingrith, Toddington, Westoning
||Guide Hall, Toddington Guiding HQ, St. George's Close, Toddington, Bedfordshire, LU5 6AT
||Marston Moretaine, Cranfield, Hulcote and Salford, Ridgmont, Brogborough, Lidlington, Millbrook
||Marstone Moretaine Village Hall, 94 Bedford Road, Marston Moretaine, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK43 0LD
||Woburn, Potsgrove, Milton Bryan, Eversholt, Husborne Crawley, Aspley Guise, Aspley Heath
||Woburn Village Hall, Crawley Road, Woburn, Bedfordshire, MK17|