JB Planning Associates have secured outline planning permission for up to 80 dwellings in the village of Bromham, a key service centre in the new Bedford Borough Local Plan and required to provide residential development sites for some 500 dwellings.
The allocation of sites was down to the emerging Neighbourhood Plan and JBPA attended a number of Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Meetings and a Public Consultation and Exhibition in March 2018.
Quoting from the Neighbourhood Plan “it is a site preferred by the local community for new development, well placed to access the A428 Bromham By-Pass with good access to public transport”.
Bedford Borough Council originally resolved to grant outline planning permission in October 2019. As the authority could not demonstrate a 5-year land supply of deliverable housing sites, the ‘tilted balance’ in favour of sustainable development within Paragraph 11 of the NPPF applied.
In December 2019, the new Bedford Borough Local Plan was adopted such that the Council can demonstrate a deliverable supply of housing sites and policies in the new local plan came into play.
During Spring and Summer 2020, the Bromham Neighbourhood Plan was studied by and independent examiner and found to meet the Basic Conditions of soundness. Following sign off by the Borough Council Executive, the Neighbourhood Plan was given “significant weight” such that it could go forward to referendum. However, this has been postponed under central government (Coronavirus Postponement of Elections and Referendums) Regulations until 6 May 2021.
The outline scheme was approved subject to a Section 106 securing a policy compliant provision of affordable housing and planning conditions.
During the course of the outline application, a number of changes were made to the illustrative layout and the proposal is clearly a case where the Parish, residents, in conjunction with a willing applicant, were able to produce a superior scheme than was originally proposed and is a good example of collaborative working.< back