Central Bedfordshire are progressing a Full Local Plan Review in accordance with the revised Local Development Scheme (LDS)  under the new legislation.  The LDS sets out the high-level timeframe for the development of an updated Local Plan. At a recent launch event the Council shared the following key milestones:

  • Informal/non-statutory engagement and evidence review:  Currently in progress
  • Early public and stakeholder engagement – Issues and Options: June 2024 – Sept 2024
  • Call for Sites: End of 2024
  • Outcomes of evidence, site assessment, drafting of plan – Jan – Dec 2025
  • Public and stakeholder engagement – Draft Local Plan Formal Consultation (Regulation 18): February 2026 – April 2026.
  • Publication of the proposed submission (Pre-Submission) plan for representations (Regulation 19): September 2027 – October 2027.
  • Submission of Plan to Secretary of State for Examination (Reg 22): February 2028
  • Examination Period: March 2028 – August 2028.
  • Inspector’s Report: September 2028
  • Adoption: December 2028

For the purposes of decision making, the current Local Plan will remain relevant until a new Local Plan is adopted.

If you would like to know more about the Central Bedfordshire Local Plan Review please contact us now for further advice.