The emerging Bedford Borough Local Plan 2030 adopts a spatial strategy which supports the distribution of development to the Borough’s sustainable rural settlements but defers the allocation of sites to meet these strategic growth requirements to Neighbourhood Plans. This presents local groups and all stakeholders with a challenging timetable to identify appropriate opportunities for development. DLP acted on behalf of two various clients to promote sustainable opportunities for mixed-use residential-led development during the preparation and Examination of the Local Plan 2030.
DLP are instructed by clients to coordinate the necessary technical evidence to prepare and present sustainable opportunities at Key Service Centres including Great Barford and Sharnbrook. DLP have produced master plans and tested the sites in terms of flood risk and highways/movement and also coordinated other technical inputs including ecology, landscape and heritage as necessary.
The pace of work to meet the requirements for Neighbourhood Plan preparation has increased substantially in recent months. Since August 2019, we have been actively engaged with promoting our client’s interests as part of this process. This has included attendance at public exhibitions as well as meeting with Neighbourhood Plan Steering Groups to provide responses to their questions on the proposals in addition to making details available to the wider public through social media.
We anticipate a busy work programme throughout 2020 representing client’s sites in the various stages of the preparation and Examination of Neighbourhood Plans and assisting groups with the assessment and selection of the most appropriate opportunities for growth.