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CPRE Bedfordshire’s response to Bedford Borough Council’s new Local Plan 2030 Draft for Submission Consultation.

Thursday, 01 November 2018 09:19

Growth Growth Helen Flack

 

Read CPRE Bedfordshire’s response to Bedford Borough Council’s (BBC’s) new Local Plan 2030 Draft for Submission Consultation.


In line with the advice that we and all other consultees have received from BBC, our response covers the changes that have been made to the Local Plan 2035 Draft for Consultation which has now been withdrawn in favour of this new Local Plan 2030.


This CPRE response, which can be downloaded at the bottom of this page, should therefore be read in conjunction with our response to the Local Plan 2035 Draft for Consultation dated 7 March 2018 which remains valid. It can be found here.


In summary, our response to the Local Plan 2030 covers the following issues:


The Local Plan 2030 is not legally compliant due to:


1. The introduction of para 1.6b which states that BBC intend to undertake an “immediate review” of the Local Plan once adopted.
New Towns at Sharnbrook/Colworth, Twinwoods, Thurleigh Airfield and Wyboston remain open for consideration when the “review” takes place.
Local Democratic process undermined by BBC.


2. Period of Consultation of 6 weeks too short to allow the proper assessment of changes made compared to the Local Plan 2035. BBC did not provide detailed information on changes made. Note: there may still be significant changes that we are not aware of.


The Local Plan is not “Sound” due to:


1. Policy 25 “Stewartby New Village (1,000 dwellings) – Brownfield Site”. Just 100 new homes planned to be built by 2030.


2. Policy S3 “Amount and distribution of housing development”. New allocation of 500 homes to Sharnbrook is too high representing a +50% increase in the size of the village.


3. Policy S3 “Amount and distribution of housing development”. Excessive new contingencies incorporated into the housing numbers. Breakdown of Urban/Rural split is unsustainable – too many homes planned for the rural area.


4. Policy 94S “Transport Infrastructure and network improvements”. Key East/West Rail developments excluded from the Local Plan. Situation regarding new Wixams station still unclear.

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