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Local Plan 2040 Draft Plan - Strategy options and draft policies consultation

Representation ID: 3426

Received: 30/06/2021

Representation Summary:

Why not continue with on line meetings?

Full text:

Why not continue with on line meetings?

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Local Plan 2040 Draft Plan - Strategy options and draft policies consultation

Representation ID: 3444

Received: 11/07/2021

Representation Summary:

You identify changes in work and lifestyle practice within councils but have failed to recognize that this also applies to the community at large. There are and will be wide spread changes as a result of he Covid pandemic. These need to be assessed and factored into any future plans for the area. The current plan does not consider: changes in home working, the very rapid increase in on-line shopping with home delivery and increase in warehouse and delivery logistics and the impact on health service provisions. The impact of factors like these on community needs should be considered.

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You identify changes in work and lifestyle practice within councils but have failed to recognize that this also applies to the community at large. There are and will be wide spread changes as a result of he Covid pandemic. These need to be assessed and factored into any future plans for the area. The current plan does not consider: changes in home working, the very rapid increase in on-line shopping with home delivery and increase in warehouse and delivery logistics and the impact on health service provisions. The impact of factors like these on community needs should be considered.

Object

Local Plan 2040 Draft Plan - Strategy options and draft policies consultation

Representation ID: 3897

Received: 28/08/2021

Representation Summary:

Covid has caused problems for many. However, this cannot be used as an excuse to increase the Dennybrook site by 25% 8 months after the call for sites deadline and only one month before the consultation opened.

Full text:

Covid has caused problems for many. However, this cannot be used as an excuse to increase the Dennybrook site by 25% 8 months after the call for sites deadline and only one month before the consultation opened.

Support

Local Plan 2040 Draft Plan - Strategy options and draft policies consultation

Representation ID: 4040

Received: 30/08/2021

Representation Summary:

Covid-19 has resulted in widespread changes to working practices and deadlines

Full text:

Covid-19 has resulted in widespread changes to working practices and deadlines

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Local Plan 2040 Draft Plan - Strategy options and draft policies consultation

Representation ID: 4052

Received: 30/08/2021

Representation Summary:

This Consultation is very difficult to respond to as a resident of Bedford Borough - very complicated. So much complex information to understand and don't feel it is clear and transparent. Option for 2500 homes land west of Wyboston appear as 10,000 + homes west of Wyboston (Dennybrook) in supporting transport supporting documents for example.


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This Consultation is very difficult to respond to as a resident of Bedford Borough - very complicated. So much complex information to understand and don't feel it is clear and transparent. Option for 2500 homes land west of Wyboston appear as 10,000 + homes west of Wyboston (Dennybrook) in supporting transport supporting documents for example.


Support

Local Plan 2040 Draft Plan - Strategy options and draft policies consultation

Representation ID: 4092

Received: 30/08/2021

Representation Summary:

I have supported this statement as it is heartening to hear the BBC's very late acknowledgement that Covid has had a massive impact on previous plans. It is a shame that the BBC has not apparently transferred this revelation to its supposed consideration of the disastrous EWR vanity project, but there is still time to do the right thing and consult properly on that - including ROUTES.

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I have supported this statement as it is heartening to hear the BBC's very late acknowledgement that Covid has had a massive impact on previous plans. It is a shame that the BBC has not apparently transferred this revelation to its supposed consideration of the disastrous EWR vanity project, but there is still time to do the right thing and consult properly on that - including ROUTES.

Object

Local Plan 2040 Draft Plan - Strategy options and draft policies consultation

Representation ID: 4156

Received: 30/08/2021

Representation Summary:

due to covid 19 we have been unable to respond to the 25% increase in the area of the Dennybrook (site 977) site because it was made public at short notice 8 months after the call for sites deadline closed and only one month before the consultation opened. The increase in size changes our lifestyle from rural with the nearest neigbour 1/2mile to edge of town comprising 10700 dwellings 30meters away.

Full text:

due to covid 19 we have been unable to respond to the 25% increase in the area of the Dennybrook (site 977) site because it was made public at short notice 8 months after the call for sites deadline closed and only one month before the consultation opened. The increase in size changes our lifestyle from rural with the nearest neigbour 1/2mile to edge of town comprising 10700 dwellings 30meters away.

Object

Local Plan 2040 Draft Plan - Strategy options and draft policies consultation

Representation ID: 4176

Received: 30/08/2021

Representation Summary:

As a resident, I feel I have not been very well informed this plan at all. Particularly with Covid, we, as a parish have not been able to meet fully. The Dennybrook site (977) was only made public 8 months after the call for sites deadline and we have only been given about a month to respond to a complicated consultation.

Full text:

As a resident, I feel I have not been very well informed this plan at all. Particularly with Covid, we, as a parish have not been able to meet fully. The Dennybrook site (977) was only made public 8 months after the call for sites deadline and we have only been given about a month to respond to a complicated consultation.

Object

Local Plan 2040 Draft Plan - Strategy options and draft policies consultation

Representation ID: 4222

Received: 30/08/2021

Representation Summary:

Unacceptable to rush such important plans.

Full text:

Unacceptable to rush such important plans.

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Local Plan 2040 Draft Plan - Strategy options and draft policies consultation

Representation ID: 4233

Received: 30/08/2021

Representation Summary:

Covid has caused problems for many. However, this cannot be used as an excuse to increase the Dennybrook site by 25% 8 months after the call for sites deadline and only one month before the consultation opened.

Full text:

Covid has caused problems for many. However, this cannot be used as an excuse to increase the Dennybrook site by 25% 8 months after the call for sites deadline and only one month before the consultation opened.

Object

Local Plan 2040 Draft Plan - Strategy options and draft policies consultation

Representation ID: 4290

Received: 31/08/2021

Representation Summary:

The increase in the proposed Dennybrook site (977) was made known to us by the quiet (and in my view underhand) release of the 'Vision Document' in late May 2021. We had no reason to continue to consult the relevant BBC website as we understood that the time limit for submission was over - we did not know that it was 'flexible'. The Parish Council was unable to set up group meetings because of the pandemic and not everyone in the Parish has a computer, sufficient confidence to use Teams or adequate connectivity to support such a platform.

Full text:

The increase in the proposed Dennybrook site (977) was made known to us by the quiet (and in my view underhand) release of the 'Vision Document' in late May 2021. We had no reason to continue to consult the relevant BBC website as we understood that the time limit for submission was over - we did not know that it was 'flexible'. The Parish Council was unable to set up group meetings because of the pandemic and not everyone in the Parish has a computer, sufficient confidence to use Teams or adequate connectivity to support such a platform.

Object

Local Plan 2040 Draft Plan - Strategy options and draft policies consultation

Representation ID: 4313

Received: 31/08/2021

Representation Summary:

Covid has caused problems for many. However, this cannot be used as an excuse to increase the Dennybrook site by 25% 8 months after the call for sites deadline and only one month before the consultation opened.

Full text:

Covid has caused problems for many. However, this cannot be used as an excuse to increase the Dennybrook site by 25% 8 months after the call for sites deadline and only one month before the consultation opened.

Object

Local Plan 2040 Draft Plan - Strategy options and draft policies consultation

Representation ID: 4348

Received: 31/08/2021

Representation Summary:

Covid has caused problems for many. However, this cannot be used as an excuse to increase the Dennybrook site by 25% 8 months after the call for sites deadline and only one month before the consultation opened.

Full text:

Covid has caused problems for many. However, this cannot be used as an excuse to increase the Dennybrook site by 25% 8 months after the call for sites deadline and only one month before the consultation opened.

Object

Local Plan 2040 Draft Plan - Strategy options and draft policies consultation

Representation ID: 4447

Received: 31/08/2021

Representation Summary:

Staploe Parish could be profoundly and permanently affected by the decisions made in this plan and yet we have been unable to meet with residents in public to discuss this until very recently. However, we found it particularly difficult to respond to the 25% increase in the area of the Dennybrook (site 977) site because it was made public at short notice 8 months after the call for sites deadline closed and only one month before the consultation opened.

Full text:

Staploe Parish could be profoundly and permanently affected by the decisions made in this plan and yet we have been unable to meet with residents in public to discuss this until very recently. However, we found it particularly difficult to respond to the 25% increase in the area of the Dennybrook (site 977) site because it was made public at short notice 8 months after the call for sites deadline closed and only one month before the consultation opened.

Object

Local Plan 2040 Draft Plan - Strategy options and draft policies consultation

Representation ID: 4528

Received: 01/09/2021

Representation Summary:

The councils proposal will have a massively negative impact on the rural parishes of Staploe and Colmworth.
Because of Covid restrictions we have been unable to meet as a community to discuss the plan and formulate responses until very recently.
It also came as a huge shock to discover a proposed huge 25% increase in the area of the Dennybrook (site 977) site. This was only made public at very short notice, only one month before the consultation opened and a full 8 months after the call for sites deadline closed.

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The councils proposal will have a massively negative impact on the rural parishes of Staploe and Colmworth.
Because of Covid restrictions we have been unable to meet as a community to discuss the plan and formulate responses until very recently.
It also came as a huge shock to discover a proposed huge 25% increase in the area of the Dennybrook (site 977) site. This was only made public at very short notice, only one month before the consultation opened and a full 8 months after the call for sites deadline closed.

Object

Local Plan 2040 Draft Plan - Strategy options and draft policies consultation

Representation ID: 4601

Received: 01/09/2021

Representation Summary:

Staploe Parish could be profoundly and permanently affected by the decisions made in this plan and yet we have been unable to meet with residents in public to discuss this until very recently. However, we found it particularly difficult to respond to the 25% increase in the area of the Dennybrook (site 977) site because it was made public at short notice 8 months after the call for sites deadline closed and only one month before the consultation opened.

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I have severe Parkinson’s and cannot type easily. Please duplicate all of Staploe Parish Councils responses for my views.

Object

Local Plan 2040 Draft Plan - Strategy options and draft policies consultation

Representation ID: 4647

Received: 01/09/2021

Representation Summary:

Staploe Parish could be profoundly and permanently affected by the decisions made in this plan and yet we have been unable to meet with residents in public to discuss this until very recently. However, we found it particularly difficult to respond to the 25% increase in the area of the Dennybrook (site 977) site because it was made public at short notice 8 months after the call for sites deadline closed and only one month before the consultation opened.

Object

Local Plan 2040 Draft Plan - Strategy options and draft policies consultation

Representation ID: 4730

Received: 01/09/2021

Representation Summary:

The increase in the proposed Dennybrook site was made known to us by the stealthy release of the 'Vision Document' in late May 2021. There was no reason to continue to consult the relevant BBC website as we understood that the time limit for submission had ended. No indication was given that the deadline was 'flexible'. The Parish Council was unable to set up group meetings because of the pandemic and not everyone in the Parish has a computer, sufficient confidence to use Teams or adequate connectivity to support such a platform.

Full text:

The increase in the proposed Dennybrook site was made known to us by the stealthy release of the 'Vision Document' in late May 2021. There was no reason to continue to consult the relevant BBC website as we understood that the time limit for submission had ended. No indication was given that the deadline was 'flexible'. The Parish Council was unable to set up group meetings because of the pandemic and not everyone in the Parish has a computer, sufficient confidence to use Teams or adequate connectivity to support such a platform.

Object

Local Plan 2040 Draft Plan - Strategy options and draft policies consultation

Representation ID: 4849

Received: 02/09/2021

Representation Summary:

Local residents could be profoundly and permanently affected by the decisions made in this plan and yet we have been unable to meet in public to discuss this until very recently. However, I feel disadvantaged by the 25% increase in the area of the Dennybrook (site 977) site because it was made public at short notice 8 months after the call for sites deadline closed and only one month before the consultation opened.

Full text:

Local residents could be profoundly and permanently affected by the decisions made in this plan and yet we have been unable to meet in public to discuss this until very recently. However, I feel disadvantaged by the 25% increase in the area of the Dennybrook (site 977) site because it was made public at short notice 8 months after the call for sites deadline closed and only one month before the consultation opened.

Object

Local Plan 2040 Draft Plan - Strategy options and draft policies consultation

Representation ID: 4907

Received: 02/09/2021

Representation Summary:

Staploe Parish could be profoundly and permanently affected by the decisions made in this plan and yet we have been unable to meet with residents in public to discuss this until very recently. However, we found it particularly difficult to respond to the 25% increase in the area of the Dennybrook (site 977) site because it was made public at short notice 8 months after the call for sites deadline closed and only one month before the consultation opened.

Object

Local Plan 2040 Draft Plan - Strategy options and draft policies consultation

Representation ID: 5149

Received: 03/09/2021

Representation Summary:

Staploe Parish where my family and I reside, could be profoundly and permanently affected by the decisions made in this plan. Given the inability for the community to meet to discuss very recently, we found it particularly underhand that site 977 (Dennybrook) increased significantly in size, as far as the public/residents were concerned, 8 MONTHS AFTER the call for sites deadline closed and only one month before the consultation opened.

Full text:

Staploe Parish where my family and I reside, could be profoundly and permanently affected by the decisions made in this plan. Given the inability for the community to meet to discuss very recently, we found it particularly underhand that site 977 (Dennybrook) increased significantly in size, as far as the public/residents were concerned, 8 MONTHS AFTER the call for sites deadline closed and only one month before the consultation opened.

Object

Local Plan 2040 Draft Plan - Strategy options and draft policies consultation

Representation ID: 5255

Received: 03/09/2021

Representation Summary:

I think that because of the challenges that have been imposed on society should not mean that we take shortcuts when developing this plan. If there are sections which say that "suitable mitigation will be looked at" or developed, those mitigation options should be detailed, some of those have definitely been documented to give us the big picture.

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I think that because of the challenges that have been imposed on society should not mean that we take shortcuts when developing this plan. If there are sections which say that "suitable mitigation will be looked at" or developed, those mitigation options should be detailed, some of those have definitely been documented to give us the big picture.

Object

Local Plan 2040 Draft Plan - Strategy options and draft policies consultation

Representation ID: 5471

Received: 06/09/2021

Representation Summary:

We believe this should be grounds for an extension to the process to enable better consultation and public engagement. Staploe Parish could be profoundly and permanently affected by the decisions made in this plan and yet we have been unable to meet with residents in public to discuss this until very recently.

Object

Local Plan 2040 Draft Plan - Strategy options and draft policies consultation

Representation ID: 5568

Received: 06/09/2021

Representation Summary:

Staploe Parish could be profoundly and permanently affected by the decisions made in this plan and yet we have been unable to meet with residents in public to discuss this until very recently. However, we found it particularly difficult to respond to the 25% increase in the area of the Dennybrook (site 977) site because it was made public at short notice 8 months after the call for sites deadline closed and only one month before the consultation opened.

Object

Local Plan 2040 Draft Plan - Strategy options and draft policies consultation

Representation ID: 5618

Received: 07/09/2021

Representation Summary:

Late addition of 25% increase in Dennybrook site is not acceptable as it is 8 months after the call for sites deadline closed and one month before the end of the consultation .

Object

Local Plan 2040 Draft Plan - Strategy options and draft policies consultation

Representation ID: 5671

Received: 07/09/2021

Representation Summary:

Staploe Parish could be profoundly and permanently affected by the decisions made in this plan and yet we have been unable to meet with residents in public to discuss this until very recently. However, we found it particularly difficult to respond to the 25% increase in the area of the Dennybrook (site 977) site because it was made public at short notice 8 months after the call for sites deadline closed and only one month before the consultation opened.

Object

Local Plan 2040 Draft Plan - Strategy options and draft policies consultation

Representation ID: 5708

Received: 07/09/2021

Representation Summary:

The decisions which underpin this whole consultation are in themselves flawed as they describe this rural area as part of a BROWN option………this description lead to this area being an option chosen by people who did not want further development near to them and they will have assumed was a greener choice! it is solely classed as VERY GOOD Agricultural land…….the country is short of agricultural land and so destruction of it when there are Brownfield sites not being developed is totally against all Local and National government policies.

I therefore do not agree that this consultation was sound or fair. I agree with Staploe Parish Council who responded to question 4 as follows: “Staploe Parish Council object in the strongest terms to the suggestion in the brown option that our parish is a brownfield site or under utilised land. Our whole parish is classed as open countryside for planning purposes. Our three tiny hamlets are not even classed as a small settlement in the Local Plan 2030 definition (6.21) and we are therefore defined as open countryside. We feel that describing the brown option which would see the majority of our parish covered in a large scale, high density, urban development as using brownfield or under utilised land is very misleading. We believe this could compromise the validity of the consultation as those responding would logically propose development on brownfield or under-utilised land over greenfield sites.

We believe the pros and cons list for the brown option is very inaccurate for our parish. A large development in Staploe parish would not support services etc in Bedford – we are 13 miles away and people would use services in St. Neots which are already under pressure due to large scale development on the eastern side of the town. There would be very little potential for residents here to make sustainable travel choices – we have one bus on Thursday and it would require huge investment to improve public transport. This would not reduce the need for growth in rural areas – we are a rural area and it proposes building all over our parish. Development in our parish would not improve viability of retail and leisure in Bedford Borough. People would go to St. Neots.”

We still feel that this is a fair reflection that the issues and options consultation was flawed because it led people to believe that our rural parish was urban with underutilised or brownfield land which is very far from the case.

It is unusual to for a draft Local Plan to attempt a review of the strategic growth for the borough whilst at the same time reviewing certain planning policies that will support the Local Plan going forward. It may be through deciding the strategic growth of the borough that additional or existing policies need reviewing. For example, should the growth strategy employ a rail based growth strategy (e.g. new settlement at Little Barford linking to the East West rail station to the south of St Neots) then there may be a need for a specific rail based policy. Policy 90S of the adopted Local Plan identifies the infrastructure that may come forward as part of the Oxford-Cambridge Arc as well as supporting identified allocations. However, a separate rail based specific policy intervention may be required should the growth strategy around rail as a ‘sustainable’ form of growth be selected. Nevertheless, BBC need to be confident that the growth options identified within the draft Local Plan, or indeed any other suitable growth strategy that might be applied, reflects the current policies within the adopted Local Plan and those that are currently subject to consultation.

In addition, the issues and options consultation was conducted during the covid pandemic when it was not possible to meet more than 6 people outside. We believe this was reflected in the responses: Number of respondents = 315
• 222 were from within the borough – out of a total estimated population of 174,687. This is a pitiful 0.12% response rate
• 93 were from outside the Borough or did not give a postcode
• 53% were from individuals.
Top areas for numbers of responses:
1. Bedford 46
2. Sharnbrook 23
3. Staploe 18 (a 6% response rate which was 50 times the Borough average)
By contrast – no other areas were in double figures. This brings into further question the validity of the consultation.

Object

Local Plan 2040 Draft Plan - Strategy options and draft policies consultation

Representation ID: 5738

Received: 07/09/2021

Representation Summary:

Staploe Parish could be profoundly and permanently affected by the decisions made in this plan and yet we have been unable to meet with other residents in public to discuss this until very recently. However, I have found it particularly difficult to respond to the 25% increase in the area of the Dennybrook (site 977) site because it was made public at short notice 8 months after the call for sites deadline closed and only one month before the consultation opened.

Object

Local Plan 2040 Draft Plan - Strategy options and draft policies consultation

Representation ID: 5830

Received: 08/09/2021

Representation Summary:

Staploe Parish could be profoundly and permanently affected by the decisions made in this plan and yet we have been unable to meet with residents in public to discuss this until very recently. However, we found it particularly difficult to respond to the 25% increase in the area of the Dennybrook (site 977) site because it was made public at short notice 8 months after the call for sites deadline closed and only one month before the consultation opened.

Object

Local Plan 2040 Draft Plan - Strategy options and draft policies consultation

Representation ID: 5896

Received: 08/09/2021

Representation Summary:

I reiterate my response to the 2020 consultation: I object to the process that BBC are using for this consultation:
The NPPF describes the Local Plan as being drawn up in consultation with the community. Simply publishing massive volumes of information on-line for members of the general public is totally insufficient. This discriminates against those who are unable to access or use online information and the consultation is therefore unfair and undemocratic. In the specific case of my parish (Staploe), broadband is not even available to many residents, so they are unable to take part in the process. Parishioners are therefore excluded from the BBC consultation process.
It should also be noted that the residents of Staploe parish have NO REPRESENTATION by a Borough Councillor. Our Borough Councillor, Tom Wootton, is conflicted regarding the proposed site at Dennybrook (site 977) as his family is offering land to the developers! I therefore request that an alternative Borough Councillor is permitted to represent Staploe and to vote on the matter in Tom Wootton’s place.
I attended the drop-in session on 11/08/21 – what a disappointment – hidden in the depths of the Howard Centre, hardly visible to anyone and just a display of the leaflet (which is incorrect and misleading) that was sent to my house. How was this intended to engage with the wider public to get their feedback? Surely a location outside in the centre of Bedford would have been far more effective? I hope that the BBC representatives recorded my comments?