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A / AIMS, OBJECTIVES & POLICIES

THIS APPENDIX SHOWS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES THAT THE BOROUGH COUNCIL SET FOR THE REVIEW OF THE LOCAL PLAN AND THE POLICIES THAT HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED AS A RESULT.

AIM 1
To move towards more sustainable forms of development.
POLICIES

1a

Concentrating development on existing centres, and on the strategic corridor south west of Bedford, avoiding the encouragement of ribbon and scattered development.

S1, S2, S4, S6, S7, H2, H3, H4, H5, H6, H7, H8, H10a, H10b, H11, H12, H13, H14, E2, E3, E4, E5, SH2, SH4, SH5, SH6, SH8, SH9, SH10, SH11, T11, LR6,

1b

Encouraging mixed use development.

S2, BE1, BE2, BE3, BE4, H6, H7, H8, H9, H11, H12, H14, H21, H15, H17, E14, E15, SH2, SH7, SH8, SH9, TC6, TC7, TC8, TC9

1c

Reducing distances between housing areas and employment, retail, open space and community facilities in order to discourage vehicle trip generation.

S1, S2, BE1, BE2, BE3, BE4, H2, H3, H4, H5, H6, H7, H8, H9, H11, H12, H13, H14, E14, E15, E17, SH2, SH5, SH6, SH7, SH8, SH9, SH10, TC7, TC8, LR6, LR13, LR15, LR16, LR17

1d

Re-using vacant or derelict sites before greenfield sites.

S1, S2, H2, H9, H14, H16, E9, E10, E11,

1e

Giving greater emphasis to public transport, walking and cycling in new developments.

BE3, BE30, H2, H3, H4, H5, H6, H7, H8, H9, H10a, H10b, H11, H12, H13, H14, H15, H19, H20, H22, E2, E3, E4, E5, E9, E10, E15, SH1, SH4, SH7, SH10, T10, T13, T14, T15, LR10

1f

Encouraging greater energy efficiency in development and the use of renewable energy sources.

BE6, BE7, BE8

AIM 2
To protect and enhance the existing built and natural environment and the landscape.
POLICIES

2a

Giving greater emphasis to the conservation and protection of the Borough's buildings, spaces, ancient monuments and areas of archaeological interest.

NE8, BE9, BE10, BE11, BE12, BE13, BE14, BE15, BE16, BE17, BE18, BE19, BE20, BE21, BE22, BE23, BE24, BE25, BE26, BE27, BE34a, H2, H9, H16, E23, TC1, TC2, LR2, LR13, LR14

2b

Highlighting and taking action over buildings identified as being 'at risk'.

BE17

2c

Preventing the coalescence of settlements.

S3, S6, BE5, H26

2d

Identifying village envelopes, outside which, development will be resisted.

S6, H26, E27

2e

Securing major environmental improvements through the implementation of the Marston Vale Strategy.

S5, H7, H11, H12, H13, H14, E3, E4, E5, E7

2f

Seeking developer contributions towards the Forest of Marston Vale

NE21, H7, H11, H12, H13, H14, E4, E7

2g

Protecting open spaces and allotments from development.

S3, S6, NE17, H24, H25, LR8, LR10, LR13, LR14,

2h

Protecting and enhancing areas of landscape quality within the Borough.

S3, S6, NE4, NE5, NE6, NE7, NE8, NE12, NE13, NE14, NE15, NE17, NE18, NE20, NE24, E23, E25, SH1, T4, LR5, LR12

2i

Protecting and enhancing the river valley, its ecology and landscape.

LR9, NE16, NE23, NE24

2j

Safeguarding and promotion of areas of natural/wildlife importance.

NE1, NE2, NE3, NE4, NE5, NE6, NE7, NE8, NE9, NE10, NE18, NE24, NE27, BE30, H9, H16, H19, H26, H35, H36, E7, E23, E25, LR5, LR11

2k

Protecting high grade agricultural land as a major resource.

S6, NE26, H26, H27,

2l

Safeguarding non-renewable and natural resources including aquifers, soil, air etc.

S1, S2, S3, S6, NE24, NE25, NE26, NE28, LR12

AIM 3
To meet the needs of the Borough's residents.
POLICIES

3a

Meeting the targets for housing and employment land as set out in the County Structure Plan 2011.

H1 to H23, H39, E1, E7, E8

3b

Providing a range of housing sites and tenures.

S1, S2, H1 to H24, H30, H31,H32, E2, E14

3c

Providing a range of employment sites which will encourage investment and create jobs.

S1, S2, E1, E2, E3, E4, E5, E7, E9, E10, E11, E12, E15, E16, E17, E18, E19, E20, E21

3d

Creating greater integration between residential and employment uses.

S1, S2, BE3, BE4, H6, H7, H8, H9, H11, H12, H14, E6, E14, E15, E17

3e

Seeking developer contributions towards the provision of education, community, leisure, open space and other facilities in tandem with new development.

S9, BE3, BE30, LR10, LR15, LR16, LR17, LR19

3f

Providing a range of housing to meet the needs of as many client groups as possible including those with disabilities, the homeless, ethnic groups, low income groups etc.

BE3, H6, H7 , H30, H31, H33, H35, H36, H37

3g

Ensuring that additional open space is provided to meet the needs of all the client groups within the Borough.

BE3, E6, LR1, LR15, LR16, LR17

AIM 4
To maintain and enhance the economic and social well being of the Borough.
POLICIES

4a

Creating the physical framework to attract inward investment in new homes, jobs and infrastructure.

S1, S2, S3, S4, S6, S7, E1, SH2, SH3, TC1, TC2, TC3

4b

Attracting significant levels of investment in highway improvements, improvements in public transport, park and ride etc., in order to significantly reduce congestion in and around the urban area.

H6, H7, H8, H9, H11, H12, H13, H14, E2, E3, E4, E5, E7, T1, T2, T13, T14, T15, T17

4c

Marketing and exploiting the area's potential for tourism related activity.

E18, E23, E24, E25, E26, LR7, LR9

4d

Encouraging rural communities to become more self-sustaining through the encouragement of a wider range of employment uses.

E1, E17, E18, E19, E21

4e

Regenerating parts of the town centre which appear run-down and derelict, whilst ensuring full integration with the existing built fabric.

S1, S2, SH2, SH4,TC1, TC2, TC7

4f

Safeguarding the resource of Thurleigh Airfield against piecemeal development and for maximum community benefit.

E11

4g

Taking steps to prevent the loss of community facilities in the rural area, and promoting new facilities where opportunities arise.

LR14, LR15, LR16, LR17, LR18, LR19, SH7, SH8, SH9, SH10, SH11, LR2, LR5

AIM 5
To protect and enhance Bedford's role within the sub-region.
POLICIES

5a

Devising a marketing strategy to improve the image of Bedford Town Centre.

E23

5b

Improving the range of shopping in both quantative and qualitative terms.

SH2, SH3, SH4, SH6, SH7, SH8, SH10, SH11

5c

Maintaining and enhancing a compact primary shopping core in Bedford town centre.

SH2, SH3, SH4

5d

Encouraging a greater diversity of uses in the town centre, particularly those which generate activity outside shopping hours.

S1, S2, BE1, BE2, E23, TC6, TC7, TC8, LR2, LR6

5e

Giving greater emphasis to the creation of high quality public spaces which support a wide range of activities.

BE30, BE43, BE44, TC3

5f

Conserving and enhancing the town's architectural heritage and open spaces.

BE9, BE11, BE12, BE13, BE14, BE16, BE17, BE18, BE19, BE20, BE21, BE22, TC1, TC2, LR2, LR13, LR14,

5g

Fully exploiting the riverside environment created by the River Great Ouse.

NE23, NE24, H2, H3, TC5, T12, LR7, LR9, LR10

5h

Exercising more control and promoting higher quality advertisements and shop fronts in the town centre.

BE16, BE41, SH2, TC4

AIM 6
To improve the quality of life for the Borough's residents.
POLICIES

6a

Preventing the creation of pollution whether it involves, air, water, soil, noise etc.

NE24, NE25, NE26, NE28, BE30, BE42 BE47, SH6, SH8, SH10, SH19, SH20, TC10, LR2, LR11, LR12, U3

6b

Providing for a wide range of both active and passive leisure and recreational opportunities.

NE11, NE24, H6, H8, H10a, E22, E23, E24, E25, LR1, LR3, LR4, LR5, LR6, LR9, LR10, LR11, LR12, LR14, LR15, LR16, LR17, LR18, LR19

6c

Creating environments which are fully accessible by all members of the community.

NE11, BE30, BE43, BE48, BE49, H34, T13, T14, T15, T19, T21, LR10

6d

Improving access to the countryside for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders.

T13, T14, LR5, LR10

6e

Achieving a more equitable balance between the needs of pedestrians and the motor vehicle.

BE43, H20, T13, T15, T20

6f

Creating more lively, safer environments through more mixed use development.

S1, S2, BE1, BE2, BE3, BE4, H6, H7, H8, H9, H11, H12, H14, E14, E15, TC7, TC8

6g

Reducing congestion.

SH6, SH8, SH7, SH9, SH10, T1, T2, T13, T14, T15, T17

AIM 7
To improve the quality of new development within the Borough.
POLICIES

7a

Striving for noticeably higher standards of design and finish in all developments and in the sensitivity of their setting.

S8, BE11, BE12, BE16, BE28, BE29, BE30, BE31, BE32, BE33, BE34, BE35, BE36, BE37, BE40, BE46, H29, H38, E4, E5, SH2, SH4, SH20, TC4, U4, U5,

7b

Ensuring that new developments are designed within a structural landscape framework, in addition to having extensive landscaping within the development.

NE4, NE6, BE30, BE38, BE39, BE40, H2, H6, H7, H9, H10a, H10b, H11, H12, H13, H14, H15, H16, H18, H20, H21,H22, E2, E3, E4, E5, E7, E9, E10, E11

7c

Ensuring that new development contains adequate space about buildings to provide amenity space, to accommodate vehicles and maximise both privacy and usage, the setting of buildings to avoid cramping and cramming etc.

BE30, BE35, BE36, BE37, SH2, SH4, T15, LR17

7d

Promoting new development based on the 'secured by design' principles.

BE35, BE45, T15

7e

Improving the quality of public spaces created by new development.

BE30, BE43

7f

To improve the quality of new development particularly on the periphery of the urban area and along main transport corridors.

BE32, BE33, BE34, T4

AIM 8
To improve communications and movement in and out of the Borough.
POLICIES

8a

Achieving significant improvements to the trunk road network.

H6, H7, H8, H9, H11, H12, H13, H14, E7, LR12, T1, T3

8b

Achieving significant improvements to the internal highway network in the urban area.

T1, T2

8c

Expanding and improving the park and ride facilities on the fringe of the urban area.

H6, H8, E3, T15, T17

8d

Extending provision for cyclists in all new development.

BE30, E2, E3, E4, E5, E7, T14, T15, LR10

8e

Wherever possible, giving priority to public transport.

BE30, E2, E3, E4, E5, T6, T7, T8

8f

Actively promoting the provision of railway stations.

H14

8g

Making provision for improved motorists facilities on the main trunk road network.

T5

8h

Making provision for commercial vehicle parking.

T18

8i

Seeking a major improvement of rail services especially the Marston Vale line and its possible diversion on to the main London Bedford Line.

T9

8j

Making provision for new telecommunications.

U5

AIM 9
To promote equal opportunities
POLICIES

9a

Ensuring that access to opportunities is not dependant upon culture, literacy or mobility.

BE45, BE48, BE49, H33, H34, T21, LR10

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