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What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

Neighbourhood planning gives communities direct power to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and shape the development and growth of their local area. They are able to choose where they want new homes, shops and offices to be built, have their say on what those new buildings should look like and what infrastructure should be provided, and grant planning permission for the new buildings they want to see go ahead. Neighbourhood planning provides a powerful set of tools for local people to ensure that they get the right types of development for their community where the ambition of the neighbourhood is aligned with the strategic needs and priorities of the wider local area.

What period will the Neighbourhood Plan cover?

The Plan is expected to be completed by 2017 and it will cover the period from 2017 to 2032.

What sort of things can a Neighbourhood Plan include?

Typical things that a Plan can include are:


Development of housing including affordable housing – how much, what type and location;


Provision for local businesses;


Transport and access - including issues around roads, cycling, walking, buses and access for disabled people;


The development of schools, health & leisure facilities, community and youth centres;


The design of new buildings;


Protection and creation of open space, nature reserves, allotments, sports pitches, play areas, parks, planting of trees;


Protection of buildings and historic assets;


Renewable energy projects;

What is a Neighbourhood Plan not allowed to do?

A Neighbourhood Plan cannot conflict with strategic policies in the Bedford Borough “Local Plan”. It cannot be used to prevent development that is included in the “Local Plan”.

Who will be involved in the Neighbourhood Plan?

It’s our objective that all residents will have the opportunity to have their say and participate in the Plan making process. There will be a very wide consultation process through public meetings and events, workshops and questionnaires, notices in these web pages, Ouse News, notice boards, meetings with community organisations and leaflets.
We really hope that residents will join us to help create Felmersham and Radwell for the future.

Neighbourhood Plan Steering Committee, left to right:
Iain Billing, Brian Gee , Rosemary Drewery (Chair), Dave Oliver, Luke Gardiner, Ian Kimsey, Jane Carwithern. Other members not in the photograph: Janet Cook, Janet Barbour, Susan Aykin and Ken Shrimpton.

If you would like to find out more or want to get involved please contact:
Rosemary Drewery:  Tel: 0779296004;  email:

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Page Last updated: 06 November 2018