This Plan seeks to:
- Build on our existing and emerging economic strengths in key sectors and deliver a minimum of 24,000 new jobs.
- Deliver around 39,350 new homes through new villages, moderate extensions to existing towns and villages in line with the provision of new infrastructure and to meet identified housing need close to key transport corridors (East-west, A1/East Coast Mainline and M1/Thameslink). This includes 23,845 homes that are already planned for or built.
The key challenge it addresses is to manage growth so that as far as practicable it can avoid damaging the role and special value of Central Bedfordshire’s market towns and villages, for example through policies on coalescence, whilst at the same time directing growth to the larger towns and locations where it can make a real difference in improving local services and employment opportunities; for example the A1 corridor towns where there are regeneration opportunities which would improve economic offer and enhance the town centres.
Government Housing targets have recently been increased. This would see CBC having to supply many more houses per year. This is why CBC aim to submit their plan to the planning inspectorate by April as, if they do, they can keep to the lower figures.