Frequently Asked Questions

Why are Stevington Parish Council preparing a Neighbourhood Plan?

The Localism Act 2011 provides local communities such as Stevington with a unique opportunity to positively influence the how the Parish may evolve and develop in the future

Unlike previous initiatives, once finalised the Neighbourhood Plan has statutory status meaning that the wishes of the village must always be taken in to consideration for all new development within the Parish boundary, any planning application which doesn’t conform to our Neighbourhood Plan would be refused

What if we don’t want a Neighbourhood Plan?

If a neighbourhood decides not to create a plan, then there will effectively be a planning “free for all”. Any developer can purchase a piece of land and can propose a development. If they can show that it is “sustainable” and broadly sensible, then it will be very hard to refuse the application, the village would effectively lose any say in how planning decisions are influenced going forward

How long will the production of the Neighbourhood Plan take?

Depending on the outcome of the consultation phase and the scope of changes proposed or the NDP we would expect the Plan to be submitted for Inspection by Spring 2020

What has happened so far?

The Parish Council created a Working Group who were responsible for the administration of the plan creation process.  The Working Group has passed the draft Plan to the PC in order for it to be shared with the village. 

What happens next?

Once the Consultation Phase is completed then the Plan will have any final edits or updates and then be submitted for review by our LPA for validation to the core NDP principals and alignment to the Local Plan.  Bedford Borough Council will then appoint an independent inspector who will confirm the Plan is fit for purpose prior to the referendum stage.


Need more information?

Please see the Plan Documents page of this website that provides access to all of the Neighbourhood Plan related documentation






Stevington Parish Council Neighbourhood Plan

Working Group

 Stevington Neighbourhood Plan



Consultation Phase


9th December to 27th January 2020