Local Plan Consultation
The next version of the Local Plan for Central Bedfordshire is now published and has been approved for consultation by Central Beds Council
The plan is a technical document and therefore it is by nature a long and complex document. CBC recognise how critical it will be for local people and stakeholders to engage with the plan and have developed a range of briefings and summaries, which can be accessed by clicking below.:
- a briefing which summarises the Local Plan;
- a map showing the locations for growth; and
- some frequently asked questions.
In terms of Flitton and Greenfield, the map showing the location(s) for growth in the Central Beds area is important as there are no longer any sites being proposed in the Plan for housing development in the Parish. This does not mean that there will not be any planning applications in future, but the presumption would be that they need to be ‘exceptions’ if outside the adopted Local Plan. As we have also been re-designated a small village, we would not expect high numbers of dwellings in any applications to be made.
In addition, there is an additional section in the Plan which seeks to protect the important gaps between settlements and our Parish has been named twice here for gaps between Wardhedges and Flitton and Flitton and Greenfield. We are very pleased that our views on this seem to have been taken into account and copies of these buffer maps can be accessed by clicking above.
It is still important for residents to comment on the Plan and to support these proposals if in agreement with them. There may be arguments to retain the original 6 sites in the last Plan and argue against the buffer zones, so it will be important to show all residents views.
The Parish Council will be discussing its response to the Plan at the Council meeting on Weds 24 January at 19.30h in the Church Hall and the first part of the meeting will be set aside for any public discussion. If you would like to have a say on that day, you are welcome and can just turn up
To see further information about the Plan the CBC website is up to date and includes maps of the sites which are now being proposed www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/localplan
CBC timetable for the consultation is as follows:
Local Plan timetable
11 January - Consultation opens
Public drop in events (3pm-7.30pm):
- Thursday 18 January – Barton Rovers Football Club
- Thursday 25th January - Lidlington Village Hall
- Tuesday 30th January - Arlesey Village Hall
- Thursday 8th February - Biggleswade Orchard Centre
22 February - Consultation closes
Any further information will be posted on this website as it becomes available.