2024 Q1 Planning Updates

May 07, 2024

Here are the latest planning updates

Kirkby Diamond’s Planning and Development Team specialises in providing tailored advice and representation to landowners and developers at any and all points throughout the entire planning and development process.

Established since the partnership started in 1980, the department now enjoys an extensive client base of landowners, developers, family trusts and public sector clients, along with an unrivalled reputation throughout Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire for client focus and the drive to ensure timely completion of the deal.

In any circumstance, the optimisation of your land or development is assured. Whether you are a landowner or developer with interest in a small or extensive area of land, with or without planning permission, our broad range of knowledge and in-depth experience will ensure that your ambitions are met.

Kirkby Diamond’s Land Planning and Development Team pride themselves on securing the best opportunities available and advising on the best course of action. The Team can be contacted on 01908 678800.


Milton Keynes Local Plan

Milton Keynes Council are continuing to prepare for a new local plan, The New City Plan. The Call for Sites which was undertaken in early 2022 has been re-opened as of 13 February 2023 to enable further submissions to be made. The Council are in the process of carrying out the Stage 2 assessment of all sites within the Land Availability Assessment, a date for publishing the results is yet to be confirmed. A Regulation 18 consultation is programmed for summer 2024 and Regulation 19 in early 2025.

If you think your land has development potential contact the Land Planning and Development Team for a discussion.


Central Bedfordshire Local Plan

The Local Plan was adopted at Full Council on the 22nd of July 2021, the adopted plan can be found here.

Central Bedfordshire Council have approved the new Local Development Scheme whereby the Council outline their timeline for undertaking a Full Local Plan Review. Public and stakeholder engagement on Issues and Options is scheduled to start in April 2024.

If you have been contacted by a developer regarding your land, Kirkby Diamond would be happy to discuss the options available to you.


Bedford Borough Local Plan 

Bedford Borough Council has submitted the draft Local Plan 2040 to Secretary of State in January 2023, with the Examination Period ending on the 21st September 2023. The Post Hearing letter dated 27th November 2023 sets out the Inspector’s concerns over the soundness of the Plan preventing the Plan from moving to the main modifications stage.

Following the request from the Council on the 7th March the Inspector has agreed to a full pause of the Examination Process as of the 13th March 2024, providing all works continue at pace with monthly updates given on their webpages.

If you have been contacted by a developer regarding your land, Kirkby Diamond would be happy to discuss the options available to you.


South Oxfordshire Local Plan

South Oxfordshire and the Vale of the White Horse (VOWH) are creating a Joint Local Plan 2041, which will supersede the SODC Local Plan 2035 and VOWH Local Plan 2031.

The Council have undertaken a public consultation on issues and scope as well as the Preferred Options Public Consultation, the results of both of these are now being analysed with a Full Draft for the Joint Local Plan scheduled to be published in Autumn 2024 before submitting the draft and attached comments for an independent examination.


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