Monday, 7 January 2013

Have Your Say on Development Strategy

Help shape the way our towns, villages and communities develop over the next 20 years. Have Your Say.

The draft Development Strategy, setting out how the Central Bedfordshire Council will deliver 28,700 new homes, 27,000 new jobs and the supporting infrastructure to meet demand across Central Bedfordshire to 2031, received unanimous support from full Council on 29th November.

Now, local residents and businesses will have the opportunity to comment on the document before it is submitted to the Secretary of State in May. It will then be passed to an independent Planning Inspector for consideration and could be adopted in February 2014.

Cllr Nigel Young, Executive Member for Sustainable Communities, Strategic Planning and Economic Development says the area must move with the times to assure a successful future.

"Our priority as a council is to build great communities. We are not changing for changes sake but to make certain that we have homes for residents at all stages of their lives whether they are young people trying to get on the housing ladder, growing families or our elderly population. We need to make that we have a sound infrastructure in place that will ensure good access to jobs, services and facilities such as schools, healthcare and leisure and excellent transport links."

"We appreciate that there are concerns about our local environment but the council is committed to ensuring that we will meet this demand in a way that respects and protects the natural environment and local heritage."

"This is a really exciting time for Central Bedfordshire, with key projects and proposals emerging that will bring major economic benefits and regeneration to the whole area."

The Development Strategy has had input from residents, investors, developers and businesses. Earlier this year around 3,250 comments were made by approximately 330 individuals or groups.

For more information about the Development Strategy visit http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/strategic-planning.

The Development Strategy consultation starts today (Monday 7 January) for 6 weeks, ending on Monday 18 February. At this point people will be able to give their feedback on line. Copies of relevant documents will also be available at council customer service centres and libraries.