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PART ONE
INTRODUCTION

THE BEDFORD DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK

1.1 The next 15 years are set to be a time of change for the borough. By 2021 the urban areas of Bedford and Kempston and the northern Marston Vale should be very different having experienced a major growth in population, housing and jobs.

1.2 The Bedford Development Framework will replace the policies in the adopted Local Plan during the coming few years. This new approach to policy making was introduced in September 2004 in accordance with the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004.

1.3 Whilst the Bedford Development Framework is being produced, the adopted Local Plan is 'saved'. As of 27th September 2007, some Local Plan policies ceased to be 'saved'. See Appendix C for details. The remaining 'saved' policies in the Local Plan will not be replaced all at once, as the Bedford Development Framework will be a series of separate documents. Thus, as each document is produced, different Local Plan policies will be replaced. Eventually, all the policies of the Local Plan will be replaced by other Development Plan Documents. Planning decisions will continue to be made in accordance with 'saved' Local Plan policies until such time as they are replaced.

WHAT THE CORE STRATEGY AND RURAL ISSUES PLAN IS ABOUT

1.5 The purpose of the Core Strategy and Rural Issues Plan is to set out the long term spatial vision for the borough, spatial objectives and the spatial policies needed to deliver the vision.

1.6 In summary the Core Strategy and Rural Issues Plan aims to assess:

  • Where we are now
  • Where we want to be by 2021
  • How we can get there.

The plan does not include site-specific allocations, for example housing or employment sites.

These will be contained within other documents that form part of the Bedford Development Framework.

1.8 The other documents in the Bedford Development Framework and their relationship to the Core Strategy and Rural Issues Plan are listed in the table below.


DOCUMENT IN THE BEDFORD DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK RELATIONSHIP TO THE CORE STRATEGY AND RURAL ISSUES PLAN
Bedford Town Centre Area Action Plan Development Plan Document This document will conform with the Core Strategy and Rural Issues Plan
The Bedfordshire Community Safety Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document Adopted 16th Nov 2005 No relationship – this document will conform with saved Policy BE45 of the adopted Local Plan
Shopfronts and Advertisements in Conservation Areas Supplementary Planning Document Adopted 16th Nov 2005 No relationship – this document will conform with saved Policies TC4 and BE16 of the adopted Local Plan and is consistent with policy TC33 of the emerging Town Centre Area Action Plan
Land north of Bromham Road Biddenham Design Code Supplementary Planning Document Adopted 16th Nov 2005 No relationship – this document will conform with saved policy H8 of the adopted Local Plan
Statement of Community Involvement Adopted 17th May 2006 Future changes are required to be in conformity with the SCI.

1.9 The documents referred to in the table above were included in the Council’s first Local Development Scheme. The revised Local Development Scheme (September 2007) includes an Allocations and Designations DPD, to be commenced in 2007. The Allocations and Designations DPD will allocate land required for future development in the Borough up to 2021. It will designate areas where particular controls on development  will apply and review the boundary of Settlement Policy Areas and the urban area.


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