We will be posting information about the Neighbourhood Plan over the next few months. Keep an eye out for regular updates.
- The Neighbourhood Plan represents your priorities for the future. It is based on information provided by local residents over three years through a series of consultations. The plan covers issues like protecting heritage, green space and housing design.
- If a vote of residents supports the Neighbourhood Plan, it will bring more funding into the village. Locations with a Neighbourhood Plan will receive 25% of community infrastructure levy funds compared to 15% in areas without a Neighbourhood Plan.
- A decision will be made on the location for housing and a school in June 2018. There are two potential locations and there will be a chance to share your views up to the end of May on the options.
- A public meeting will be held on Saturday 12 May so that residents can look at the options about where homes will be built and share their views. If you would like someone from the Neighbourhood Plan group to attend your group or event and outline the options, between now and June, please let us know.
- If we don’t adopt a Neighbourhood Plan for Clapham, Bedford Borough Council will decide where development will happen. If we have a Neighbourhood Plan the decision will rest with the Parish Council.
Bedford Borough Council Local Plan 2035 Consultation
The consultation deadline for the Borough Local Plan has been extended to 29th March.
You can respond to this consultation online at www.bedford.gov.uk/localplan2035, or by completing a response form available at local libraries and the Customer Service Centre on Horne Lane.
Responses can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent by post to Local Plan 2035, Planning Policy Team, Bedford Borough Council, Borough Hall, Bedford MK42 9AP.
Neighbourhood Development Plan
Thank you to everyone who completed the recent survey on the policies in the Clapham Neighbourhood Plan. There was a majority in favour of all the policies and a summary is below. The most important factor for siting new development was to minimise traffic in the High Street and a breakdown of the responses is below.
87% or more of respondents supported all the housing policies except for the preservation of local gaps between Clapham & Bedford and Clapham & Twinwood Business Park which was backed by 67%. Transport and Infrastructure policies were supported by 84% or more of respondents with the incorporation of Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems to prevent flooding the most important and favoured by 99%. 88% or more supported the facilities and amenities policies with 70% advocating building a new community centre behind the existing Village Hall.
More than 85% were in favour of the green space policies and the protection of existing green areas was overwhelmingly the key policy. Around 80% supported the maintenance of the gaps between Clapham & neighbouring villages and Clapham & Bedford town with 53% considering the gap to Bedford most important and 47% the gap to surrounding villages. All the business and economy policies were supported by 86% or more of respondents except the provision of a new business park which was backed by 76%. Policies that would provide employment for Clapham residents and extra care housing or a care home were considered the most important.
Apart from traffic issues, the siting of the new school is a major consideration. When the responses were broken down by area, there were 135 from south east Clapham and 67 from the north west of the village and their views on the school are summarised below. The remaining responses were from outside the village.
Outside consultants are currently undertaking a technical assessment of the sites put forward for development and we expect to receive their report by the end of this year. Residents’ feedback and the consultant’s report will then be used to shape the NDP and Parish Council’s approach to development, including the location.
Neighbourhood Plan Policies Consultation
The consultation on the Neighbourhood Plan policies will be closing on 25th September. Please let us know what you think by completing the survey at Clapham NDP September 2017 Consultation Survey
Your village, your voice.
Neighbourhood Plan Policies Consultation
The Neighbourhood Plan Group is currently consulting on the policies to be included in the Neighbourhood Plan. These set out the type of housing the village wants, what green space is needed and measures to ameliorate traffic and parking issues. There are also questions about new developments. Please complete the questionnaire at is Clapham NDP September 2017 Consultation Survey by 25th September.
Your village, your voice.
Local Plan 2035 Consultation
Bedford Borough Council is asking residents for their views on where growth and housing development should take place in the borough over the coming years as part of the Local Plan 2035.
The Local Plan 2035 will set out how much growth and development there will be in Bedford Borough until 2035. As well as building houses and flats, this also includes providing jobs and the development of facilities such as schools, transport and shops to support new communities.
Central government expects councils to produce Local Plans to demonstrate how the need for housing will be met. The consultation is therefore not about the scale of development, but on how and where it will take place.
Three consultations have already taken place to establish the scope of the plan and collect evidence on options for where future sustainable growth should be located. This fourth stage of the Local Plan 2035 consultation primarily focuses on the development of housing across Bedford Borough.
The calculation of Bedford Borough’s future housing needs is set in the Strategic Housing Market Assessment. This document shows that as a local area we will need an additional 19,000 homes in the borough by 2035. Over half of the housing need can already be met by existing planning permissions or allocations, meaning that the Local Plan 2035 needs to allocate land for around an additional 8,000 new homes.
The consultation offers an opportunity for residents to comment on a preferred development strategy that includes one or more new settlements; development of the former Stewartby Brickworks site and expansion of selected villages. Comments will also be invited on a range of new and updated technical documents following the release of new national population and household projections in 2016.
Portfolio Holder, Councillor Colleen Atkins, said, ‘The Local Plan 2035 is important for the future of growth and housing in Bedford Borough. It will set out where development will take place in the borough over the coming years, and will have an effect on many of our residents. I encourage everyone to look at the proposals and to get in touch and give us their thoughts and suggestions.’
Further information as well as questions about key issues we would like your views on can be found on the Bedford Borough Council website. Please be aware that it is not necessary to answer all questions.
The consultation will run from 24th April – 9th June 2017. The easiest way to complete these questions is by using our on-line consultation page www.beford.gov.uk/localplan2015. (Which will be available from Monday 24th April.)
You will be able to save a copy of your response for your own records and you will receive an acknowledgement so you know we have received your submission.
Alternatively, comments can be made by filling in the Word format questionnaire available on the website. If you prefer this method, please attach the completed Word document and send it to email@example.com.
If you cannot do this you can print and post your completed questionnaire or write a letter. Please attach a stamp and post it to:
Local Plan 2035 Consultation
Planning Policy Team
Or call our Local Plan phone number on 01234 718300; leave a message and we will return your call.
All comments should be received by 5pm on 9th June 2017. Responses will be acknowledged and published.
Local Plan 2032 Council Response
Clapham Parish Council and Neighbourhood Plan Group accept in principle that a number of houses will be needed in the village by 2032.
Residents object to 800 – 900 houses as they would result in the loss of Clapham’s rural nature and village identity. The proposal would not therefore encourage local identity or a sense of place.
Bedford already has a very low level of sustainable transport and 800 – 900 houses would result in a significant increase in the number of car journeys. Fewer car journeys is one of the criteria for sustainable development but because of its proximity to Bedford new residents are likely to travel to the station or to Bedford for work.
Bedford Road/Clapham Road is already at capacity during the rush hour and there are long tailbacks on the southbound A6. 800 – 900 new houses would increase pressure on both these roads.
Because of the proximity to Bedford 800 – 900 houses would result in very few new jobs being created in Clapham and would have very little effect on maintaining village services.
The site proposed for 800 – 900 houses is a green field site which would require significant new infrastructure including a new school and community centre.
Twinwood Business Park is a brown field site which has been put forward in the Call for Sites for development and the infrastructure could be upgraded for 800 – 900 dwellings.
The Borough Economy and Land Study notes that Twinwood Business Park is not a good opportunity site for growth and increasing employment capacity. It has been under-utilised for many years, its location and road connections limit its ability to compete with employment sites closer to the A421/M1 and there is no public transport. The study concludes that the most appropriate business/employment sites are along the A421.
Clapham Parish Council and Neighbourhood Plan Group therefore recommend that Twinwood business Park is considered as an alternative site for a new residential settlement.
To see the data from the questionnaire click on the link below.
The Clapham Neighbourhood Plan questionnaire is now online at
Each member of your household is welcome to complete a questionnaire and the results will be used to help determine housing and business needs in the village; the green spaces and important structures that need protecting and the facilities residents want.
Please complete the questionnaire by 31st March 2015.
HAVE YOUR SAY
Copies of the Launch Event posters and comments received to date are below. If you have any comments on the questions or suggestions please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Launch Poster - Business
Launch Poster - Housing
Launch Poster - Community
Launch Poster - Environment
Launch Poster - Youth
Launch Poster - Infrastructure
New houses on new estates must have adequate parking not 1½ cars
Need more accommodation for elderly. Don’t have Tesco at Club, make that into block of flats for elderly
If any new housing developments come keep them away from any potential flood risk, including open drains
Housing for the elderly
Strong sense of sustainability in new builds. Solar panels must be included on any viable house/business
Can Clapham support more housing? I think not
Would be lovely to see alms type housing for long term Clapham residents. Also affordable housing for children of residents
Knock down the flats and build small family homes
Utilise land at back of Milton Road from hospital to cemetery
Twinwood Road access to land at back of Milton Road is privately owned. Therefore there is no access owned by the above landowners who presumably made the suggestion about their land
Please keep Clapham a village not a sprawling town with no community
Housing for rent (not private) for local families not able to buy
Housing and community infrastructure to north west of village e.g. new village hall and school
No more housing. Housing is sufficient for facilities in village
Affordable starter homes/shared ownership for younger Clapham residents who wish to stay in village
Clapham has enough houses for existing infrastructure
Stop building houses until all the new ones are sold
No more houses
Stop building houses or village is turning into a town
There will be more housing. The question is whether the village will have a say in how many, what type and where
No more housing on the perimeter of the village behind the church
Pull down the flats and build small houses with gardens and parking
Please no more housing behind the church and the fields at the top of The Warren. They have been trying to do this for 60 years
More reasonably priced houses for families
We are lucky to have a doctor, dentist, Post Office, 6 small shops including a chemist. New houses have retained these facilities
No housing on field at top of The Warren
No more houses please – too much strain on schools, doctor’s etc. already
No more housing. We moved to a village and would like to continue living in a village. Clapham is already becoming a commuter area, some residents on new estates very rarely come into main village
Housing in Clapham – we are bursting at the seams and soon there will be no green spaces left
No more housing in Clapham
Pull down the flats we have and bring the area more up to date. Cotton End had the same style of building which has now been replaced with better quality housing
More appropriate homes for older people would be a good addition. Could the redevelopment of the Village Hall area provide for an extra care scheme area
Housing developments are inevitable – needs to be affordable – needs associated infrastructure such as Pre-school/nursery places
Our village school needs to stay a village school – more houses means more children – the school is at near maximum capacity now
We need starter homes or small bungalows. No more flats or large properties
Provision for older generation and younger generation. Sufficient support system for the village and community
No more housing estates. The village was very quiet when the bypass first opened. Now it’s as noisy as ever.
New estates must have visitor parking spaces
There are housing needs but remember Clapham is a village
Adequate parking. Mount Pleasant is prime example of poor parking provision/laziness
Where will our children live? New houses should be part of the village plan. Let’s make sure we get the right homes for the village
Retirement “village” with facilities to enable retired people to live an make use of existing medical facilities as required
No more houses, keep green land
Family houses to attract young families
No more houses
No more housing
No more houses, leave our green spaces alone
No more housing developments
No more housing
No more housing – too much pressure on school facilities
More houses that are cheaper to rent
More cheap rented homes
Business & Employment
Small start-up units for aspiring local business – good idea
Do everything possible to preserve local shops and pubs. Forthcoming Tesco development is a serious concern for these and will damage parking
No Tesco to put existing businesses out of being
Would like to see the return of proper shops/businesses to serve our community not takeaways. Also any employment opportunities from Tesco to favour local residents first
The shopping centre in the village is great but the geographic centre of the village has shifted. Do we need more facilities along Milton Road?
Clapham Club has river access and would be an ideal site for recreation with café and restaurant attached for family use. It seems a waste to turn it into a Tesco which will damage local shops.
Support local shops, don’t let supermarket chains take over
Only benefit of a Tesco might be getting a cashpoint back in the village
To bring in a branch of a superstore will kill local shops and limit our choice of goods
Consider ways in which to encourage new business and employment. Local jobs for local people, competitive rates, transport links, community benefits
Bus service extended to Twinwood Business Park to increase jobs and reduce traffic
It would be nice to have employment in the village
Shopping is better than most villages but takeaways have taken over. More variety and better shops 40 years ago
More community based workers
Ensure Tesco does not kill off existing shops/businesses in village. We should support existing businesses
Post Office and parade of shops highly valued. While Tesco will be convenient you will have killed off the other corner shops . Empty premises in due course
My son is a stone mason and the provision of small working units would fit a need for this type of profession
More business work and opportunities for small businesses
Nothing more if it will impact current businesses. Balance housing/employment/commercial in Clapham. There are enough shops, in my opinion, throughout Clapham, including near The Glebe
No large shops, we have enough
Mini supermarket near The Glebe area
Business development at Twinwood & Thurleigh preferable not in village
No Tesco, Morrisons etc. in village
Community Facilities & Village Amenities
Community Centre needs frontage. Knock down houses to open it onto the road
Protect the Playing Field as it is
More toys in the Playing Field. New zip wire & repair the tyre swing
Clean up river at peace gardens
Preserve current boundary and use of Clapham allotments & King George Playing Fields. Better security due to vandalism/break-ins on the allotments
How about an adult gym in the Playing Field. Would be a boon to the older generation
Please, please, please keep the dog exercise area
Allotments and Playing Field promote good health. Do not touch
Do not touch the allotments
Keep allotments and Playing Field to full size. Keep all pubs
Clean up the river in Clapham and Riverside Gardens
Protect Playing Field and allotments. Keep all pubs. Clean up River Gardens. Make community centre larger (try a second floor)
We need a new Village Hall/Community Centre. Let’s get on with it
Need a Village Hall with indoor sports facilities
Incorporate the new Village Hall with the park. Put the building at the back or side so that the park could become the village green. If it was more open to view there would be less vandalism
We need to really understand the population in the village and what the needs are especially social needs and care requirements
Is there any space to make more parking around the shops?
More consultation with outlying areas i.e. Peppercorn Park. We are part of the Clapham community
Keep pubs. No change of use
Sports centre. This would provide business, employment, youth inclusion and benefit the local community so more clubs can be formed. Would like to set up art club but can find nowhere
Make more use of Village Hall
Village Hall is well used. What do you want?
Electric car charging and car pool
A new Village Hall will provide lots of opportunities to reshape services. We should be bold & imaginative and not just replace what we currently have
Could we make Clapham a dementia friendly community like some towns have done?
New community centre is needed
We need more capacity at the village school
New school with off road parking
New school in more appropriate location away from main road
Interesting suggestion. Maybe somewhere around the Clapham hospital site
More volunteers need to come forward and offer their time. Most committees in the village struggle to keep going because younger people don’t come forward to help develop new ideas
New Village Hall. Recreation facilities
Community Centre facebook
Encourage more volunteering in the community
New Village Hall based on housing development money
New Village Hall
Trim trail where suitable area exists
New Village Hall and amenities office
Gym facilities in Clapham
Public toilet facilities in or near Playing Field
Assistance with support groups for grandparents/carers looking after small children
Environment & Green Spaces
The little park backing onto the river could be kept a little more maintained and more environmental. Also an information board such as is found in other locations
I would like to see the field known in Clapham as the gymkhana field become an open public picnic space.
Clapham park – ensure this is preserved as green field
Put a proper river crossing at The Ford to open up to the many walks in Bromham
Preserve green spaces
Keep all the existing green spaces, allotments, playing fields, Millennium Wood, Browns wood etc. as green spaces for the public
Protection for green spaces and woodland
Bridge across the river Ouse at The Ford so path to Bromham can be accessed. River too deep to cross
Green areas must stay green. None should be removed. The Playing Field would be more useful if a public loo could be provided
Keep our green spaces
Apart from existing proposal for solar farm in The Baulk, local papers have suggested a load coming all over the country. Do not let them take over
Keep allotments & Playing Fields
Preserve allotments & Playing Fields
Keep our Playing Fields, Allotments too – maybe tennis courts as there used to be
Stop locking up the King George Playing Field. It was put there to be used by the villagers. The disturbance to houses that back onto it should not be a reason for this.
Develop the park so that it could be used by adults. A track around the outside for running/walking. Adult exercise equipment in the middle. Seen in Spain and very popular with the retired
Value & keep park/field. Improve facilities at park – more social areas i.e. picnic tables for adults. Very well used area
Picnic benches in the park. Keeping in good repair all equipment and tarmac
Look at grants to improve play facilities. Natural play area?
Keep children’s play equipment maintained – fix the zip wire. Involve children in the design of play areas
Please can the path in Twinwood Road from the houses nearly up to Browns Wood be cleared as a lot of it is covered in dirt and pieces of bushes etc. from when hedges have been cut back
Make the field usable for mums
Protect Playing Field
Improve & maintain allotments & green space areas
More police patrols up Browns Wood to stop teens riding bikes, drinking, selling drugs up there
More value and need for improvement on the Millennium Park
Keep green spaces. More trees
Must keep allotments & Playing Field
Preserve green space between Bedford & Clapham
Preservation of green spaces. More public access to river
Keep allotments & green spaces
Keep allotments & dog park
Keep allotments & Playing Field
Keep allotments & Playing Field . Also preserve green space between Bedford & Clapham
Who does the bridle path walk belong to?
Find out who the unmade road in The Baulk belongs to and make it a proper road as it is unsafe to use
Pathway through Playing Field
Retain green space
More police in countryside
Equipment in Playing Field needs fixing and making bigger
Sewer maintained properly so that smell doesn’t overwhelm the village
More parking spaces
No buildings on green spaces
Children & Youth
Young persons’ Newsletter or internet site for social media
Skate park & picnic benches
Community coffee shop for teenagers
Would love to see maybe a youth café open in the evenings
Regular structured youth activities
Internet café and information centre for youth
More competitive sports events
More organised facilities for youth
Green spaces/footpaths (not tarmac) and play area with shade
Facilities for teenagers e.g. skate park
More youth activities
Playgrounds for kids with trees for shadow
More support for youth in Clapham
Youth Club (somewhere for teenagers)
More school places
More facilities for Children’s Centre
Better maintenance of park
More play items in the park and better upkeep
More play things at the park and on The Glebe. Tennis courts or a skate park on The Glebe
More parks and things for young children to do
More play areas/child friendly places
More play stuff for the children i.e. sandpit & climbing frames
More children’s activity places
Encourage more child minders in the village
More activities for teenagers – football goals/skate park- more access to activities
Turn Ursula Taylor into a primary school
Slow traffic down through the High Street
Ditto and Highbury Grove
Cycleway along Bedford Road for safety of people walking on pavement
Several resurfacing jobs need doing especially Knights Avenue where potholes are horrendous
Roads in Clapham are congested. Large buses can’t get through. Need smaller community buses
Cameras on bypass. Cars go far faster than limit. Also average speed cameras through village
Park & Ride possible off A6. Buy a field for a car park
Evening buses. Even a limited service
More conspicuous policing
Re. bus route 51. Do circular route up or down Milton Road to increase buses for top of Milton Road not just one an hour as at present
Parking at bottom of Mount Pleasant is an accident waiting to happen. Ban them
Improve footpath surfaces
Speed restrictions. 20mph in all roads except High Street. Keep High Street 30 mph but have calming measures or smiley face signs to encourage drivers
Why are there double yellow lines on High Street near school? Just encourages speeding
High profile local policing
Weight restrict HGV vehicles through the village
A new path for cycles
Better security to protect our village – vandalism a problem. Cameras/lighting
Hedges next to cycle routes need to be thornless
Bus service is very poor. Buses often overcrowded therefore well used
More police in area
Improvements in public transport – later buses
The 50 bus route Kettering to Bedford and the 51 route Bedford to Oakley need a shared stop somewhere along their routes such as outside Suzuki
Need average speed camera introduced to stop people speeding in their cars – unsafe
Better transport infrastructure – less cars, more green buses. We have new train links
More buses to serve Peppercorn Park & Milton Road. Service too limited at present
Create a cycle route in partnership with neighbouring parishes
Last bus from Clapham to town is 7.35pm approx.
Sort out bad/thoughtless pavement parking
Parking on grass verges should be banned
Parking issues at the end of Fetlock Close. People have more than one car and just block or reduce access to garages
More off road parking areas
Build a proper cycle path into Bedford. The current one is downright dangerous
No more building in flood areas. Upgrade drainage to cope with existing building
A link road from Bedford Road to Manton Lane would be great
Ensure that parking on pavements is illegal where it blocks pavement so those in invalid buggies or wheelchairs can get past. More dropped kerbs to help crossing.
More protection required from flooding by river Ouse. Counteract silting up of the river and reduce flood threat
Better rural bus service
The Baulk always seems to be last on the list for road repairs
Build away from the flood plain. New roads – upgrade sewage & drainage system
Drainage – entrance to allotments and Village Hall (although this is being addressed)
Some means of traffic calming in Highbury Grove & High Street
Roundabout at Milton Road/Oakley Road opposite Fox & Hounds – dangerous turning
Land at rear of Highbury Grove very prone to flash flooding. Would require new drainage system before development
Traffic calming on High Street. Still used as preferred route from Oakley
Parking issues on Oakley Road. Speed of traffic, parking on bus stops. Danger to children outside Folly Stores. Safety of children on scooters or cycling to school
Buses should be more reliable. 15 – 20 minutes late is not acceptable
Residents’ parking on High Street. Several houses with double yellow lines in front and no car access
Crossing the road on Oakley Road from Folly estate dangerous
Parking is major concern. Grass verges on roads could be removed to make laybys. Maybe residents with garages could be encouraged to use them. Drainage also a major problem
Provide cycle track on Bedford Road & High Street to avoid danger from busy roads
More bus services. Last bus to Clapham 8.55pm
Take the yellow lines off the High Street – let people park and stop it being an easy route for speeding and boy racers. We do have a bypass
Sewage system & surface water drainage system in High Street. Would not cope with more housing on a large scale
Grass verges removed and replaced with dropped kerbs
Lack of control of street parking e.g. obstruction of driveways
Enable school parking off main road
Bypass A6 – A421
More rubbish bins especially on Glebe estate
Slow down traffic
Speed camera in Bedford Road
Improve road surface of Twinwood Road
Improve drainage on High Street & Bedford Road
Average speed cameras, High Street
More dog poo bins
No housing between village and waterworks – keep Clapham separate from Bedford
Better internet connectivity
Laybys along Highbury Grove
Continue cycle path along High Street to Oakley
More school places
Improve drainage/sewer in Oakley Road area
Zebra crossings in Highbury Grove and by Samras – supporting children’s independence
Connecting footpath to the play equipment on The Glebe. Route to Lincroft School. Footbridge is rather narrow by old Police House.
CLAPHAM NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN LAUNCH
PLANNING FOR OUR COMMUNITY
PLANNING TO DEVELOP OUR COMMUNITY
PLANNING TO MAINTAIN OUR UNIQUE COMMUNITY
WHY IS THE PLANNING SYSTEM IMPORTANT TO YOU?
WITH YOUR LOCAL KNOWLEDGE AND YOUR SENSE OF WHAT NEEDS TO BE PROTECTED AND WHAT NEEDS TO CHANGE
YOU CAN REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE
HAVE YOUR SAY ABOUT WHAT DEVELOPMENT TAKES PLACE IN THE FUTURE
WHAT IS NEIGBOURHOOD PLANNING?
DEVELOPING A SHARED VISION FOR OUR NEIGHBOURHOOD
CHOOSING WHERE NEW HOMES, SHOPS, OFFICES AND OTHER DEVELOPMENT SHOULD BE BUILT
IDENTIFYING AND PROTECTING IMPORTANT LOCAL GREEN SPACES
INFLUENCING WHAT NEW BUILDINGS SHOULD LOOK LIKE