Campton & Chicksands





Central Beds Local Plan
 could have a HUGE impact on our Parish




In February 2016 (as part of Local Plan) Central Bedfordshire District Council (CBDC) issued a  'Call for Sites' which was an opportunity for agents, landowners and developers to submit land which they believe could be developed to meet future demand for homes and jobs (this ran until April 2016).
More information can be found on the Council's website

On 25th May CBDC  issued a full list of sites with accompanying parish maps.

As you will see from the maps this could have a huge impact on our Parish as The Glebe, land to the South East of Greenway (reaching to the River Hit), land at Kiln Farm and land at Beadlow Manor have all been put forward as possible future development land.


How does this affect you?

CBDC informs us that at the moment the sites have not been considered or selected for development so there is no impact on any residents. They state that only an estimated 4-6 per cent of the total land that has been submitted will need to be allocated to deliver the new homes that are needed. See questions and answers for more information.

CBDC will be holding public events over the summer, where you can find out more about the Local Plan. In addition, there will be a consultation on the site assessment criteria from 30 June – 29 July. Once approved, the criteria will be used to shortlist the sites.

March 2017

The Draft Local Plan for Central Bedfordshire will be published for consultation, subject approval, at the end of June 2017.

January 2017

Learn more and have your say at Community Planning exhibition on 2nd March 2017 from 2.30 - 7.30 p.m. at Shefford Baptisit Church

December 2016

Pause to the Central Bedfordshire Local Plan



CBC is temporarily pausing the process of publishing our draft Local Plan for consultation, in anticipation of the Government’s long-awaited Housing White Paper.

They had planned to consult next month but the White Paper, originally expected to accompany November’s Autumn Statement, is now expected to be published during the same timeframe. Deferring this consultation will therefore allow us to fully consider its implications.

Whilst CBC cannot be certain what these implications will be for Central Bedfordshire, we are aware that there is the potential for significant changes in relation to housing numbers and other matters relating to the preparation of local plans. Publishing a plan without a proper understanding of these could mean they have to revisit parts of the process, leading to further delay.

In this context, they have concluded – as have other local authorities across the country – that it would be inadvisable to continue with the planned release of our draft Local Plan next month.

However, they do regard this only as a pause in our process and they remain confident that they will still be able to deliver a draft plan in 2017.

This pause also allows us to ensure that they can align the outcomes of all of our current community planning activities with the draft Local Plan.

While CBC cannot be specific about dates at the moment, they anticipate the draft Local Plan will be issued for consultation in April 2017.

If you have any further enquiries, email localplan@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk


At this stage, they state that sites have not been considered so the published list of sites has been provided for information only. The opportunity to comment on the shortlist of sites will begin in December 2016 when the first draft of the Local Plan is published for comment.

You can sign up for email alerts (using the Local Plan option), so that you can be notified when these opportunities begin.


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September 2016

CBDC are carrying out a consultation on Shaping Central Beds, if you would like to take part  see
www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/localplan
The purpose of this consultation is to help shape “big picture” options for growth which will then be set out in the initial draft of the Local Plan, to be published at the end of 2016.

You can comment upto 1st November 2016.

August 2016

Sustainability Appraisal - Scoping Report Consultation

The Sustainability Appraisal is an integral part of the plan making process. CBDC must carry out an appraisal of the plan proposals to identify how sustainable development is being addressed.

There are a number of stages involved in the Sustainability Appraisal process. The first stage is the preparation of this Scoping Report. 

The Scoping Report identifies environmental, economic and social issues of particular importance to Central Bedfordshire that should be considered when preparing the Local Plan and sets the framework against which the Local Plan will be assessed as it is prepared. Both the policies and site allocations within the Local Plan will be assessed against this framework.

Have your say 

CBDC are asking for your comments on the first stage in the preparation of the Sustainability Appraisal - the draft Scoping Report (PDF 676.6KB) .

You can make comments by either emailing or writing to us before Thursday, 1 September 2016




July 2016


CBDC have now issued the criteria that they suggest they should use to assess the suitability of the sites,
see  http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/planning/policy/local-plan/call-for-sites/assessment-criteria/consultation.aspx

 You can make comments on the criteria by completing the online form before 5pm on 29 July 2016.


July 2016

Sustainability Appraisal - Scoping Report Consultation

The Local Plan will set out the planning policies to guide the development and use of land in Central Bedfordshire up until 2035. 

The Sustainability Appraisal is an integral part of the plan making process. We must carry out an appraisal of the plan proposals to identify how sustainable development is being addressed.

There are a number of stages involved in the Sustainability Appraisal process. The first stage is the preparation of this Scoping Report. 

The Scoping Report identifies environmental, economic and social issues of particular importance to Central Bedfordshire that should be considered when preparing the Local Plan and sets the framework against which the Local Plan will be assessed as it is prepared. Both the policies and site allocations within the Local Plan will be assessed against this framework.

Have your say

CBDC is asking for your comments on the first stage in the preparation of the Sustainability Appraisal - the draft Scoping Report (PDF 676.6KB) .

You can make comments by either emailing or writing to us before Thursday, 1 September 2016. 

Email: localplan@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk

Write to us

Local Plan
Priory House
Monks Walk
Chicksands
Shefford
Bedfordshire
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Next steps

Once all the comments on the draft Scoping Report have been collected, the Scoping Report will be updated where necessary, finalised and published on our website.

We will use this appraisal framework to test the Local Plan policies and site allocations.

We will provide information and analysis of issues, details of how alternative approaches were identified, why any alternatives were not considered reasonable and a comparison of the potential impacts of those alternative approaches. This will be undertaken alongside the preparation of the Local Plan and consulted on together with the Local Plan as the Sustainability Appraisal Report. The first draft of the Sustainability Appraisal Report will be consulted on with the Local Plan in December 2016.






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