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NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN 

  • Neighbourhood Plan Updates
  • Neighbourhood Plan Survey
  • A Neighbourhood Plan for Biggleswade "Your views matter" -  Events March 2019
  • Decision Notice
  • Area Plan


Neighbourhood Plan Survey

The survey for Biggleswade Neighbourhood Plan is available to complete online.

Following an initial review of the survey published in February 2019 we would like to receive more responses and have reopened the survey in a more streamlined form.

Please take the time to complete the survey - your views matter!


A Neighbourhood Plan for Biggleswade

                                                                                  

Your views matter

Biggleswade Town Council has decided that a Neighbourhood Plan is required for Biggleswade. If approved by residents in the town it will become Planning Guidance and will shape the way that various aspects of the town develop. We would like to know more about the priorities you think should be included in the plan.

Neighbourhood plans are a way for local communities to influence planning policy within the area in which they live and work. They can be used to develop a shared vision for the neighbourhood including where new homes, shops and other facilities should be built and what they look like.

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.

There are national plans for infrastructure which will have a massive impact on East Bedfordshire – the Oxford/Cambridge Expressway, East/West Rail and possible improvements to the A1.  We already have the East Coast Main Line. This infrastructure will inevitably lead to further demand both for housing and for business premises in our part of the county.

The Town Council recognises this and, whilst not welcoming the prospect unreservedly, wishes to work with all the relevant organisations to plan for future growth in the parish whilst preserving and enhancing the town’s character and role as a Market Town.

The Neighbourhood Plan must work with, and not contradict, Central Bedfordshire Council’s Local Plan so we must take into account the housing numbers which are allocated in the Draft Plan which CBC has submitted to Government.  We also realise that, although currently unallocated, the land for a further 4,500 houses has been designated by CBC as ‘Future Development Land’ and is likely to be allocated when the Local Plan is revised.  Three thousand of those houses will be in neighbouring parishes, Sutton and Dunton, but they will have a massive impact on Biggleswade, particularly for access to the town centre, to the railway and the A1.

Neighbourhood Plans can be far-reaching but the Town Council's aim is to concentrate on those aspects of planning which are of most immediate concern and are brought up most often by local people.

Five themes have been identified to be covered in the Neighbourhood Plan for Biggleswade. Your views are important to help shape the way that the Neighbourhood Plan will develop.

  1. Town Centre
  2. Transport & Parking
  3. Design Guide
  4. Green Spaces
  5. Leisure & Recreation

 

Neighbourhood Plan Engagement Events

· Wednesday 20th March, 4-8pm at the Old Court House, 4 Saffron Road, Biggleswade SG18 8DL

· Thursday 21st March, 4-8pm at the Orchard Community Centre, Sullivan Court, Erlensee Way, Biggleswade SG18 8SZ

This Neighbourhood Plan survey is available to complete online here.

A paper version of the survey is also available and can be collected from the Town Council offices on Saffron Road or from the Orchard Community Centre.

The deadline for responses is 26th March 2019.