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We will be posting information about the Neighbourhood Plan over the next few months. Keep an eye out for regular updates.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 planningforthefuture@bedford.gov.uk 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 planningforthefuture@bedford.gov.uk.

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

Borough Hall

Bedford

MK42 9AP

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.

 

 

Questionnaire Results

To see the data  from the questionnaire click on the link below. 

documents/neighbourhood plan/questionnaire data.zip

 

 

The Clapham Neighbourhood Plan questionnaire is now online at 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KBN2LDJ

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 claphampc@btinternet.com 

 

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

 




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