Bromham's Neighbourhood Plan
Click here to see the information from our Neighbourhood Plan Event on 2 & 3 March 2018
Since the last issue of the Broadsheet, the steering group has confirmed with Bedford Borough Council the preferred development sites in Bromham. We are currently considering a proposal from one of the developers that their preferred sites could be deployed in a slightly different way, which would be more efficient and preserve a greater area of land for agricultural purposes. Instead of the land to the south of Stagsden Road between Bromham Brook and the A428 roundabout being the reserve site, they propose that the much larger area of land to the south of the Northampton Road should be the reserve site. The proposal would still meet residents’ concerns about development sites having good access to the By-pass, but we are still considering what other implications of the proposed change might be.
We have also begun to discuss with the prospective developers what new facilities and amenities could be provided to enhance the village’s infrastructure.
At the same time, we have started the process of writing the draft neighbourhood plan, which we plan to complete later this year, with further consultation of residents early in 2018.
We are aware that this must have seemed a lengthy process, but our progress has been constrained in part by the delay in producing the Local Plan 2035, about which Bedford Borough Council went out to consultation earlier this year.
You may be aware that two large-scale planning applications have been made in relation to sites that did not ultimately feature in our list of preferred development sites. The first relates to land north of Lower Farm Road. An application for planning permission for 90 homes was made last year and opposed by the Parish Council and refused by Bedford Borough Council. The application has gone to appeal. The hearing was on 22nd - 25th August, and the Parish Council applied to speak in opposition to this site. Although, Bromham currently has only an emerging Neighbourhood Plan, we considered that the planning inspector should be made aware of the consultation findings about which development sites residents preferred.
The second application relates to proposals for 200 new houses on the site on the north side of Northampton Road and Grange Lane. This is at the initial planning application stage. The Parish Council has also objected to this application because it is not on our list of preferred development sites. A number of residents have also objected to the application, which will be heard by Bedford Borough Council in September.
6 June 2017 - Bromham Parish Council/Neighbourhood Plan Group response to Local Plan Consultation - Click here
29 March 2017
This week residents have received a consultation from Cerda Planning/Kler Group in connection with Land North of Northampton Road, Bromham.
Bromham Parish Council and Bromham Neighbourhood Plan Group are NOT connected with, and knew nothing about this consultation. This site is not a preferred site for development in Bromham as is clear from the two consultation exercises the Neighbourhood Plan Group has undertaken with residents. We believe it is important that residents were able to compare and consider all of the sites under consideration and so can form a rounded view about the location of development within the village. The Northampton Road site was included in both of the consultation exercises along with all of the other sites proposed within the village.
Bromham Neighbourhood Plan Group, 29 March 2017
Statement from Neighbourhood Plan Group re Cerdo/Kler Group Consultation, Land at Northampton Road
Issues & Options Site 46
A few people have mentioned that our Issues and Options document shows Site 46 Bedford North Station in Figure 1 but it does not appear in the document subsequently in the list of preferred sites for housing. This is because it is a site for the proposed Bedford North railway station. We included the site in the 2015 questionnaire because it was not clear at the time whether it would also include housing. We subsequently learned that it would not. There was a similar issue in relation to Stie 45, Molliver's Field, which is proposed as a site for a school and/or a solar energy farm.
We have explained these changes in previous neighbourhood planning documents and at the Village Hall event in April when we set out the questionnaire findings. However, we accept that we could have made the point more clearly in the Issues and Options paper. Nevertheless, site 46 does not provide a credible alternative site for housing developments. it is not a housing site and so cannot be in our preferred sites for housing.
Our Issues & Options Consultation is now available online (home page of this website) or you can complete questionnaire that has been delivered to your home. The Consultation has now closed. See Issues & Options below to see the preferred sites map.
Thank you to everyone who attended our Questionnaire Results Event. Approximately 220 people attended to view the results. Information from this event is available at the bottom of this page.
Now the sites have been analysed and rated the group will be assessing the preferred sites further. Once this has been done the NHP group will share the information.
Thank you for responding to the Neighbourhood Plan questionnaire. The consultation period has now closed and the responses are being assessed. We have now received almost 600 responses to the questionnaire - a very good response for a large village.
Since the closing date we have received Bedford Borough Council's Local Plan 2032 consultation paper, which proposes that Bromham, as a major service centre, should be allocated an additional 400-500 houses in the period 2032. The parish is considering its response to this proposal.
Whatever the ultimate number of additional houses, this proposal is useful to the NHP Group, which is meeting landowners and developers to discuss numbers and types of houses on particular sites. This will be helpful in deciding where new development should be located.
20-21 February 2015, Launch Event
Approximately 250 people attended our Launch Event. We recruited 12 volunteers at the event to help on the Steering Committee and we received over 500 'post-it notes'. These notes/comments gave us our fist feel for how residents felt about a range of issues. These issues will help to form part of our questionnaire.
Click here to read the responses from the Launch Event.