Planning in Bedfordshire – updated April 2022

This part of the River Great Ouse is a boundary between two administrations for Planning in Bedfordshire, the boundary between Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire. The current Strategic Planning position in Bedfordshire is as follows: Bedford Borough The Local Plan 2030 was adopted in January 2020 and sets out how much growth there should be in the borough (housing, jobs and associated infrastructure) up to 2030 and where it should take place. In some settlements the Council is now looking to Neighbourhood Plans to allocate housing sites, generally in and around the defined Settlement Policy Area boundaries. The Bedford Borough Allocations and Designations Local Plan was adopted in July 2013 and covers the period until 2021.  The Plan identifies sites for development to meet the Council’s needs to 2021. A number of other supplementary documents form the basis for decision making when planning applications are submitted to the council. A [...]

By |April 5th, 2022|Categories: NEWS UPDATES|1 Comment

2022 Planning News Update – Q1

2022 has certainly started with numerous changes in the Planning and Housing arena. Some latest news and updates are set out in our quarterly update below: National Planning The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities published the Levelling Up White Paper early in 2022. There are now only a few of the changes previously proposed by the Planning White Paper that the government appear to be taking forward. These include: A new approach to contributions towards infrastructure including affordable housing; Digitalisation of the planning system; Encouraging more neighbourhood planning including local design codes. Following the finalisation of the Environment Bill the government are currently consulting on how the requirement for 10% net biodiversity gain will be implemented. Omission of the Oxbridge Arc from the Levelling Up White Paper has led to scepticism that the government are not continuing with the Spatial Framework. However, the director of the Arc [...]

By |March 25th, 2022|Categories: NEWS UPDATES|0 Comments

Central Bedfordshire Local Plan Review commenced

Following the adoption of the Central Bedfordshire Local Plan in 2021 and in accordance with  Local Plan Policy SP1a which undertakes that the Council will commence a Partial Review of the Plan within six months of adoption, the Council have now published a draft timetable for the Review as follows: Commence evidence gathering for Local Plan update and report: September 2022 Informal and non-statutory engagement and evidence review: January 2023 – January 2024. Public and stakeholder engagement consultation (Regulation 18): September - November 2024. Publication of the (Pre-Submission) plan for representations (Regulation 19): June - July 2025. Submission of Local Plan to Secretary of State for Examination (Reg 22): November 2025 Examination Period: January 2026– June 2026 Inspector’s Report: August 2026 Adoption: October 2026 This programme is included within a revised draft Local Development Scheme which was approved by the Councils Sustainable Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 28th [...]

By |February 18th, 2022|Categories: NEWS UPDATES|1 Comment

2021 Planning News Update – Q4

As 2021 draws to an end it will be interesting to see how the government proposes to move forward with Planning and Housing in 2022. News and updates are set out in our quarterly update below: National Planning The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities are expected to publish a White Paper early in 2022. There are various issues being debated and we will update our website as the Government proposals move forward. The Environment Bill was granted royal assent on 9 November. It includes measures that will, two years on, introduce a legal requirement for developments to deliver a ten per cent net gain in biodiversity Local Plan Update Central Bedfordshire Local Plan The Central Bedfordshire Local Plan 2015 to 2035 was formally adopted in July 2021. A review of the Local Plan is expected to commence early in 2022. Bedford Borough Local Plan Bedford Borough are [...]

By |December 23rd, 2021|Categories: NEWS UPDATES|0 Comments

Holiday Opening times

Best wishes to all our loyal clients for a Happy Holiday period and a Prosperous New Year. Our Holiday opening times are set out above. We look forward to working with new and existing clients in 2022.

By |December 3rd, 2021|Categories: NEWS UPDATES|0 Comments

2021 Planning News Update – Q3

As we approach the finish of Q3 of 2021 its good to see that Planning and Housing remain a focus of the current government. News and updates are set out in our quarterly update below: National Planning Michael Gove has been appointed as the new Secretary of State for the renamed Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities. The Planning Bill is expected to be delayed following the changes in the Department and there are reports that it is being redrafted. In July 2021 a revised National Planning Policy Framework was published. This includes increased focus on design quality following the publication of the National Model Design Code. The Environment Bill is currently progressing through the House of Lords and is currently due to achieve royal assent this autumn. Natural England have now launched three new tools to help developers measure biodiversity net gain (BNG). These are intended to [...]

By |October 1st, 2021|Categories: NEWS UPDATES|0 Comments
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