Finally, after many years of hard work by numerous individuals within the Parish and Wilstead Parish Council, the Neighbourhood Development Plan, which was agreed by the recent referendum, has been made into law by Bedford Borough Council. The decision statement can be seen here, and a copy of the final plan is here. We'd like to thank everyone involved in the process and hope this gives us an element of protection against overdevelopment and the Borough's Local Plan.
IT'S HERE WILSTEAD NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN
After more than five years of painstaking work by a dedicated group of villagers, the Wilstead Neighbourhood Plan is to be put to the vote in the village by Referendum.
Voting will take place at a Polling Station probably towards the end of November or early in December 2022 when electors will be asked to approve the final document.
It is particularly important that we receive a “Yes” vote in advance of the issue of the Bedford Borough Local Plan 2040 so as to ensure the planning principles outlined in the Neighbourhood Plan are legally enforceable.
To view the final document please look here.
Historic Updates can be found below.
The final draft of the Wilstead Neighbourhood Plan has now been submitted to an independent Examiner. A link to the Examiner's acknowledgement is included here.
A further link to the completed draft plan and further details may be found below. You will find the Plan on the Borough Council's website at: https://www.bedford.gov.uk/neighbourhoodplanning
The Examiner is to consider whether the Neighbourhood Plan has been properly prepared, ask any questions that may arise and decide if any modifications need to be made as a result of comments received. An Examiners Report will then be issued stating if the Plan can proceed to a Referendum, subject to any modifications.
Bedford Borough will then start the process of organising a referendum which will be held in the Parish (similar to normal election arrangements) at the normal polling station. Voters will be asked if the Neighbourhood Plan should be used to determine planning applications in the Parish. If there is a majority of YES votes then the plan will be 'made' by the Borough Council. Once made, the policies in the Plan will hold as much weight as the Bedford Borough Local Plan.
A letter from the Examiner and intial questions can be seen here, and here, here, and the map is here!
Latest update letter here.
The final neighbourhood plan has been submitted and has gone for consultation and further information may be found here.
The documents may be found here.
Hello and welcome to the Wilstead Neighbourhood Plan. Thanks for taking the time to look at this page of the website.
You can download a copy of the Draft Plan here.
After having read the Plan, it would be great if you could take the time to comment or respond.
The document is accompanied by a number of Annex's and the drafts may be found below.
Annex A relates to Consultation and Survey Results
Annex B details Green Spaces
Annex C is for Historical and Important Buildings
Annex D is the Design Guide
Annex E covers Footpaths and Bridleways
For any queries or comments on the draft plan please get in touch with Eric Benton, whoes contact details may be found on the Councillors page.
The next stage of the process is to consider and, where appropraite, take on board all the comments received from villagers, businesses and land owners before submitting the final draft to Bedford Borough for circulation and ratification.
As part of that process it will then be:
* Passed to an independent inspector for examination, and (provided no changes are necessary)
* Subject of a referendum of those on the electoral register in the village where the following question will be asked "Do you want Bedford Borough to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Wilstead to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?" The referendum will require a majority of those voting to be in favour of the Plan.
The minutes of previous meetings may be found below.
26th October 2021
27th July 2021
27th April 2021
29th March 2021
8th March 2021
1st February 2021
16th November 2020
5th October 2020
24th August 2020
17th February 2020
27th January 2020
18th November 2019
21st October 2019
30th September 2019
16th September 2019
19th August 2019
15th July 2019
24th June 2019
20th May 2019
18th March 2019
18th February 2019
21st January 2019
17th December 2018
19th November 2018
2nd October 2018
4th September 2018
9th July 2018
11th June 2018
23rd April 2018
19th March 2018
1st June 2017
24th May 2017
19th April 2017
5th April 2017
15th March 2017