Despite the Government’s encouragement to local authorities to have their Local Plans at an advanced stage, we have been informed that Central Bedfordshire Council have taken the decision to ‘pause’ the process of their Local Plan. The document was due to be published for consultation this January, but has now been delayed until at least April 2017.
The reason given for the delay is due to the long-awaited Housing White Paper recently published by the Government. The White Paper has implications for population forecasts, housing targets and ultimately the development strategy, and could have immediately conflicted with the publication of the draft Local Plan.
The Council’s timetable continues to be an ambitious one. You may also be aware of the Council’s ongoing community planning exercise which will feed into the Local Plan and infrastructure requirements. This comprises a series of public exhibitions and consultations in each ward area.
As you know we continually review the progress of development and planning applications in Central Bedfordshire. There have been a number of appeal decisions recently where housing development has been allowed in the rural area, on the basis of the Council’s lack of a five year housing land supply.
We think there is good potential at the moment to pursue development. If you’re interested in knowing more or if you have a site which you think might be suitable then please do not hesitate to get in touch with one of our team.
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