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

Representation ID: 5922

Received: 08/09/2021

Representation Summary:

Town Centre policies should support the rejuvenation of Bedford Town Centre as a place to visit and shop. With the decline over recent years we now never use Bedford, preferring St. Neots (1.5 miles from my village compared to Bedford at 12 miles) and Cambridge (much better shops and a more attractive place)
Policies should encourage change of use to allow more residential use in the town centre to encourage people back into the town.
Tourism should be encouraged by BBC actively supporting projects such as the Bedford to Milton Keynes Waterway that will bring a completely new cohort of visitors by boat to visit the most attractive part of Bedford – the Embankment and the adjacent town centre.
Development of a new settlement at a distance from Bedford i.e. Dennybrook (12 miles away), will not support Bedford town centre and will in fact detract from the town. With 10,800 houses, the approx. 25,000 residents of Dennybrook will use St. Neots in preference, spending their money and supporting businesses in St. Neots – all to the loss of Bedford and its economy.

Object

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

Representation ID: 6431

Received: 13/09/2021

Representation Summary:

If we use numbers (2,1,0,0,-1,-2) to replace Bedford Borough Council’s “scoring” (++,+,0,?,X,XX) and assume that all criteria have equal weight, the options can be totalled and compared. Option 2a is best and scores 7. Option 6 is worst and scores -9.

The other points are of note:
1. Of the 15 criteria, 7 criteria have the same score for all options, so make no difference to the assessment. These include 2. Protecting and maintain biodiversity and 8. Landscape character.
2. Of the remaining 8 criteria where scores vary between options, 3 are effectively the same: 1. Air Quality; 3. Reduce CO2; 15. Reduce travel/promote sustainable transport. So in reality, of the 15 criteria only 6 criteria make a difference. We do not believe this is reasonable or sufficient.
3. In the favoured options 2a to 2d, we believe that Bedford Borough Council have failed to properly consider the true impact of new settlements (incl. Dennybrook (site 977)) on:
a. Promoting Bedford as a town centre – all options 2 and 3 score the same, but new settlements such as Dennybrook will push people to St. Neots, not Bedford. However this issue is recognised in options 4, 5 and 6.
b. Landscape character – all options score the same and the words fail to fully recognise the impact of new settlements on the existing landscape.
c. Max development on brownfield/avoid loss of agricultural land – despite the loss of agricultural land at Wyboston being highlighted in the words, this is not recognised in the scoring of 2b and 2d as these are the same as 2a. Shockingly the words say for all options “Although most new development is likely to be on greenfield land” – it seems that Bedford Borough Council readily accept this and have made no effort to maximise use of their stock of brownfield land (eg. 70ha at Twinwoods) – contrary to the NPPF.

Object

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

Representation ID: 6855

Received: 13/09/2021

Representation Summary:

If we use numbers (2,1,0,0,-1,-2) to replace Bedford Borough Council’s “scoring” (++,+,0,?,X,XX) and assume that all criteria have equal weight, the options can be totalled and compared. Option 2a is best and scores 7. Option 6 is worst and scores -9.

The other points are of note:
1. Of the 15 criteria, 7 criteria have the same score for all options, so make no difference to the assessment. These include 2. Protecting and maintain biodiversity and 8. Landscape character.
2. Of the remaining 8 criteria where scores vary between options, 3 are effectively the same: 1. Air Quality; 3. Reduce CO2; 15. Reduce travel/promote sustainable transport. So in reality, of the 15 criteria only 6 criteria make a difference. We do not believe this is reasonable or sufficient.
3. In the favoured options 2a to 2d, we believe that Bedford Borough Council have failed to properly consider the true impact of new settlements (incl. Dennybrook (site 977)) on:
a. Promoting Bedford as a town centre – all options 2 and 3 score the same, but new settlements such as Dennybrook will push people to St. Neots, not Bedford. However this issue is recognised in options 4, 5 and 6.
b. Landscape character – all options score the same and the words fail to fully recognise the impact of new settlements on the existing landscape.
c. Max development on brownfield/avoid loss of agricultural land – despite the loss of agricultural land at Wyboston being highlighted in the words, this is not recognised in the scoring of 2b and 2d as these are the same as 2a. Shockingly the words say for all options “Although most new development is likely to be on greenfield land” – it seems that Bedford Borough Council readily accept this and have made no effort to maximise use of their stock of brownfield land (eg. 70ha at Twinwoods) – contrary to the NPPF.

Object

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

Representation ID: 8052

Received: 02/09/2021

Representation Summary:

Shortstown is dependant on the A600 for professionals to commute to work either
North towards the A421 and Bedford or to the South. However this single link has
proven to be vulnerable to disruption going as it does through an accident blackspot
at the junction with Harrowden Lane. Public transport is currently insufficient
except for accessing Bedford for occasional shopping. This creates a tension between
the notional Borough policy to reduce car use with transport infrastructure that
discourages public transport use for commuters.

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

Representation ID: 8613

Received: 13/09/2021

Representation Summary:

If we use numbers (2,1,0,0,-1,-2) to replace Bedford Borough Council’s “scoring” (++,+,0,?,X,XX) and assume that all criteria have equal weight, the options can be totalled and compared. Option 2a is best and scores 7. Option 6 is worst and scores -9.

The other points are of note:
1. Of the 15 criteria, 7 criteria have the same score for all options, so make no difference to the assessment. These include 2. Protecting and maintain biodiversity and 8. Landscape character.
2. Of the remaining 8 criteria where scores vary between options, 3 are effectively the same: 1. Air Quality; 3. Reduce CO2; 15. Reduce travel/promote sustainable transport. So in reality, of the 15 criteria only 6 criteria make a difference. We do not believe this is reasonable or sufficient.
3. In the favoured options 2a to 2d, we believe that Bedford Borough Council have failed to properly consider the true impact of new settlements (incl. Dennybrook (site 977)) on:
a. Promoting Bedford as a town centre – all options 2 and 3 score the same, but new settlements such as Dennybrook will push people to St. Neots, not Bedford. However this issue is recognised in options 4, 5 and 6.
b. Landscape character – all options score the same and the words fail to fully recognise the impact of new settlements on the existing landscape.
c. Max development on brownfield/avoid loss of agricultural land – despite the loss of agricultural land at Wyboston being highlighted in the words, this is not recognised in the scoring of 2b and 2d as these are the same as 2a. Shockingly the words say for all options “Although most new development is likely to be on greenfield land” – it seems that Bedford Borough Council readily accept this and have made no effort to maximise use of their stock of brownfield land (eg. 70ha at Twinwoods) – contrary to the NPPF.

Object

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

Representation ID: 8680

Received: 13/09/2021

Representation Summary:

If we use numbers (2,1,0,0,-1,-2) to replace Bedford Borough Council’s “scoring” (++,+,0,?,X,XX) and assume that all criteria have equal weight, the options can be totalled and compared. Option 2a is best and scores 7. Option 6 is worst and scores -9.

The other points are of note:
1. Of the 15 criteria, 7 criteria have the same score for all options, so make no difference to the assessment. These include 2. Protecting and maintain biodiversity and 8. Landscape character.
2. Of the remaining 8 criteria where scores vary between options, 3 are effectively the same: 1. Air Quality; 3. Reduce CO2; 15. Reduce travel/promote sustainable transport. So in reality, of the 15 criteria only 6 criteria make a difference. We do not believe this is reasonable or sufficient.
3. In the favoured options 2a to 2d, we believe that Bedford Borough Council have failed to properly consider the true impact of new settlements (incl. Dennybrook (site 977)) on:
a. Promoting Bedford as a town centre – all options 2 and 3 score the same, but new settlements such as Dennybrook will push people to St. Neots, not Bedford. However this issue is recognised in options 4, 5 and 6.
b. Landscape character – all options score the same and the words fail to fully recognise the impact of new settlements on the existing landscape.
c. Max development on brownfield/avoid loss of agricultural land – despite the loss of agricultural land at Wyboston being highlighted in the words, this is not recognised in the scoring of 2b and 2d as these are the same as 2a. Shockingly the words say for all options “Although most new development is likely to be on greenfield land” – it seems that Bedford Borough Council readily accept this and have made no effort to maximise use of their stock of brownfield land (eg. 70ha at Twinwoods) – contrary to the NPPF.