Saturday, 25 October 2014

CBC Submit Plans to Deliver 31,000 New Homes To Meet Local Demand Up to 2031 -

On Friday 24th October 2014, The Council submitted the development plan for Central Bedfordshire and all of its supporting documents to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. The plan sets out plans for delivering 31,000 new homes over the next 20 years and 27,000 jobs to meet local needs up to 2031.

The Council received more than 1600 individual comments to the most recent consultation which ran for eight weeks from 30th June to 26th August.  All of these responses will now be considered by an independent Planning Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State to determine whether the Plan is ‘sound’ and legally compliant.

What Happens Next?

It is expected that the Inspector will hold a Public Examination in spring 2015. Individuals who made objections and sought changes to the document during the formal consultation over the summer and requested to attend the hearings will be invited to attend the hearing sessions to present their argument to the Planning Inspector verbally.

For those who do not wish to attend the hearing sessions, the Planning Inspector will still consider their written comments.  All comments, whether made in writing or verbally at the hearings, will carry the same weight.

Further information will be available on a dedicated examination webpage which will be updated frequently as the examination proceeds. In addition we will be writing to respondents to notify them of the dates of the Examination when they have been set.

For more information about the Development Strategy and to see the Submission documents visit: Copies of the Submission documents can also be viewed at the Council's Offices in Priory House Chicksands and Watling House, Dunstable during opening hours.

Those consultees wanting to stay in touch can sign up to the council’s email bulletins at If you have any queries about the Development Strategy contact the Local Development team by email at or by calling 0300 300 4353.

Friday, 24 October 2014

"Lest We Forget" Tickets - Event on Nov 8th at All Saints Church - Tickets £5

Tickets from All Saints Church, Houghton Regis Library, or Houghton Regis Town Council Offices

Children Centres in Central Bedfordshire to Stay Open

It has been agreed that all nine Children Centres in Central Bedfordshire should stay open and should have a greater focus on helping new mums and dads during the critical first 12 months of their child's life when positive parenting support can make the most difference.

Central Bedfordshire Councillors made this decision at their Executive meeting this week.

The new model service will include:
A universal service up until a baby’s first birthday.
Access to valued services such as breast feeding, weaning and health advice.
A parenting course will be offered to all families during the first year.
Signposting and access to other community groups and services.
A universal service for families with children up to five including health Visitor Clinics, two year old checks, advice on diet and oral hygiene and speech and language drop in.
Targeted work for families with specific identified needs.

For more information about support for families in Central Bedfordshire, visit:

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

One Arrest Out of Five CCTV Incidents in the Past 3 Months

A report to Houghton Regis Partnership Committee this week revealed that from June to September 2014 there were 5 recorded CCTV incidents that resulted in one arrest being made.

On July 8th male youths followed and assaulted another male near Bedford Road. On July 11th 3 camper vans and vehicles failed to gain access to the cemetery. On August 5th a sexual assault resulted in an arrest. On September 29th 2 young males damaged a late night pharmacy in Tithe Farm Road and made off. On September 29th details of a vehicle involved in a GBH incident at Morrisons were captured.

A report to the committee also looked at crime figures for the past year ( October 2013 and September 2014). Total recorded crimes fell by 14 to 1527, serious acquisitive crimes increased by 5% to 407, while domestic burglaries increased by 25% to 114.

The Houghton Regis Partnership Committee is a meeting of Houghton Regis Town Councillors, Central Bedfordshire Councillors, and officers from both councils.

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