What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

A Neighbourhood Plan allows a community to play a more prominent role in its future, giving it the power to create a shared vision and policies that will shape the development and growth of the area.

The Neighbourhood Plan, once made, will sit alongside the Local Plan prepared by Central Bedfordshire Council.  The policies contained within the Neighbourhood Plan will then be used to decide on future planning applications for Biggleswade.  A made Neighbourhood Plan carries significant weight in determining future planning applications.

If you would like to be involved in the creation of our Neighbourhood Plan please look out for the current Public Engagement to 3rd May and a more formal consultation in the summer.

For further information on Neighbourhood Plans please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/get-involved/take-part/make-a-neighbourhood-plan

Designation of Neighbourhood Area

The Town Council decided to prepare a Plan in January 2018 and Central Bedfordshire Council formally designated the plan area in July 2018.  The Plan area is coterminus with the parish boundary (see map). 

Initial Development of the Plan

A steering group was formed to progress the Plan.  Regular meetings of the group determined that the Plan would not be all-encompassing but that it should address the following areas: Green Spaces, Design Guides, Leisure and Transport/Town Centre/Parking.  An outline document was produced setting the wish for a Neighbourhood Plan in context, showing the areas which the plan would cover and ways in which the wider community would be involved.  This was approved by Council in December 2018.  (Click here for Council report)

A Vision for Biggleswade

The December 2018 Council meeting also agreed the following vision for the Plan:

Our vision for Biggleswade is that it should be a thriving, large market town with individual shops, services and leisure offer in the town centre, retail and business parks to the south of the town and plenty of green spaces to enjoy the open air.

Various maps have been produced to highlight different aspects of the developing plan and are available below: 

Maps

A first public engagement exercise was held in March 2019 and a second Public Engagement exercise was held in March 2021. Please find below the analysis to the questionnaires from both of these engagement events.

The pre-submission version of the Plan was taken for a further round of formal consultation in the autumn of 2021. 

Present Position

The Neighbourhood Plan Regulation 15 Submission document and supporting documentation was submitted to Central Bedfordshire Council in February 2022. Central Bedfordshire Council will now begin the six-week Regulation 16 Consultation. 

The documentation submitted can be viewed below: