Why bother with a Neighbourhood Plan?

  • A Neighbourhood Plan will give Cardington residents some say in a wide range of issues related to future development in our village
  • The Neighbourhood Plan can:
    • Influence and manage the type and location of new building in the village
    • Protect against inappropriate development
    • Include policies that will maintain the character of the village, and
    • Protect green spaces
  • A Neighbourhood Plan can also:
    • Set out improvements needed to infrastructure and services
    • Be used by Bedford Borough Council to secure finance where evidence of need or deficiency has been demonstrated
    • Reflect the needs of residents and aid discussions with developers on housing type and mix
    • Help ensure that the recreational and social needs of local people are considered in future developments, and
    • Specify areas of Cardington for employment and commercial use