Community planning in Central Bedfordshire
What are community plans?
We produce community plans, working in partnership with town and parish councils, residents and interest groups to inform the emerging Local Plan.
The Local Plan will provide the overall approach to sustainable growth and some allocations for community facilities, infrastructure, housing, employment etc.
The community plans will focus on these needs at a more local level. They will consider how to plan for sustainable growth, local infrastructure (open spaces, education provision, transport links, health provision etc.) and new homes, recognising what is important to them and capturing their needs for facilities and infrastructure up to 2035.
What will happen?
Towns and parishes have been grouped into 15 community areas.
An event will be held in each area using interactive techniques to draw out relevant issues and information around sites for development, growth, facilities etc. Growth ‘themes’ (Local Character, Growth and Infrastructure, Transport, Jobs and Business, Environment, Homes) will be explored during this process.
The output from the events will be put together to produce a community plan for each area.
How will they be used?
These documents will be used to inform and support the development of the Local Plan and published as background documents. Although the community plans themselves do not hold any status in planning terms they will be used to add local information to development decisions.
Part of their purpose is to bring together information about required infrastructure (both large and small) for a specific geographical area.
What is the difference between this and a neighbourhood plan or town/parish plan?
Community plans cover a larger area then a neighbourhood plan and have no legal weight in the determination of planning decisions because they will not be subject to external scrutiny (i.e. by a planning inspector). However, they will be used to inform the Local Plan and as a source of information for planning decisions where appropriate.
Neighbourhood plans have full weight as planning policy following a successful local referendum and been ‘made’ by us. Existing neighbourhood plans or ones that are currently being produced along with any town and parish plans will be used to inform the community plans.
Why they are important?
Although they have no legal status, they provide an opportunity for town and parish councils and the local residents to input information which will help shape the Local Plan as opposed to just responding to consultation or giving a view.
In the future, these documents can also be used to inform where Section106 or Community Infrastructure Levy money (financial contributions resulting from new development) should be spent in the local area.
Local Plan community planning events in 2016 / 2017
Each event will run between 2.30pm - 7:30pm. Dates and venues for 2017 will be confirmed shortly.
|Dates (2017 dates are provisional only)||Community plan area||Venue|
|20 October||Northill, Old Warden, Southill||Northill Village Hall|
|26 October||Flitton and Greenfield, Gravenhurst, Pulloxhill, Shillington, Silsoe, Barton-le-Clay, Streatley||St Nicholas Church Hall, Barton-le-Clay|
|3 November||Moggerhanger, Blunham, Tempsford, Sandy||Sandy Town Council - Community Room, 10 Cambridge Road, Sandy, Bedfordshire, SG19 1JF|
||Potton, Sutton, Wrestlingworth and Cockayne Hatley, Eyeworth, Everton Dunton||Potton Town Cricket Club, The Hutchinson Hollow, Biggleswade Road, Potton, Bedfordshire, SG19 2LX|
|16 November||Biggleswade, Edworth, Langford||Biggleswade Town Council Offices, The Old Court House, 4 Saffron Road, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire. SG18 8DL|
|23 November||Chalgrave, Chalton, Harlington, Sundon, Tingrith, Toddington, Westoning||Guide Hall, Toddington Guiding HQ, St. Georges Close, Toddington, Bedfordshire, LU5 6AT|
|1 December||Marston, Cranfield, Hulcote and Salford, Ridgmont, Brogborough, Lidlington, Millbrook||Marston Moretaine Village Hall, 94 Bedford Road, Marston Moretaine, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK43 0LD|
|8 December||Woburn, Potsgrove, Milton Bryan, Eversholt, Husborne Crawley, Aspley Guise, Aspley Heath||Woburn Village Hall, Crawley Road, Woburn, Bedfordshire, MK17 9QD|
|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|