Help shape the future of Central Bedfordshire

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Don’t miss out on your chance to have your say over plans for development across Central Bedfordshire.

Central Beds has produced a draft strategy that sets out a vision for the future of the area – including plans for new homes, jobs and infrastructure up to 2031.

The Pre-Submission Draft of the strategy was published on Monday, and is now available for comment for an eight week period.

The Development Strategy is a planning policy document that will play a huge part in shaping the future in Central Bedfordshire.

It plans for the delivery of 31,000 new homes and 27,000 new jobs over a 20 year period from 2011.

It provides a development map for Central Bedfordshire identifying key housing, employment and environmental sites as well as highlighting key infrastructure improvements, plans for settlements and areas of Green Belt.

The strategy also sets out the key policies that will help determine planning applications.

There is an opportunity for you to have your say on the document until Tuesday, August 26.

Background information on the strategy, a summary document and a questionnaire is available online at

Copies of the documents are also available to view at council customer service centres and libraries.

The council is looking for feedback on whether the Development Strategy is ‘sound’. Comments made will be summarised by council officers and then sent to the Secretary of State to be considered alongside the council’s plan and supporting documents, prior to the public examination next spring.

If the plan is considered ‘sound’, the council would be asked to adopt it in summer 2015.

Cllr Nigel Young, said: “This Development Strategy is pivotal to our ambitions to make Central Bedfordshire a great place to live and work.

“It’s about creating homes and jobs where they’re most needed and making sure that existing and future communities benefit from developers investing locally in roads and transport, schools, leisure and open spaces.”

Jason Longhurst, Director of Regeneration and Business Support said: “This final round of public scrutiny is really important before it goes to the Planning Inspector. We need to show that it will meet the test of time – presenting a sustainable development vision for our market towns, villages and communities.”