Issues & Options consultation Nov/Dec 2016

Outcomes – please find below the summary of outcomes following the Issues and Options consultation.

Issues and options – summary of results

Update 17Dec16 – Site 538 has been included in the Thurleigh NDP. However, this land is part of  the Parish of Keysoe and Bolnhurst and any information received concerning this site will not be included in the final NDP analysis.  Apologies are extended to the site owner.

We need you to complete another questionnaire for us. The details are below.

There are a couple of ways you can do this:

  1. Please complete the paper questionnaire which will be delivered to your door. This will be collected on the day stated on the envelope. Please leave out for collection if you are not going to be home, OR
  2. Complete the online questionnaire which you can find by clicking here:  

If you have any queries about any of this process please email to

Documents raised for this consultation:

Issues and Options consultation – representation forms (questionnaire)

Summary of options and mapping proposed

Site assessment summary

Issues and Options consultation document

Issues and Options report


Most of you will already have been involved with the Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) which has been gradually gaining momentum over the last 18 months. For those of you who are not aware of what the NDP is – here is a quick overview:

The Government need to build more houses nationally to deal with demand.  Each council/borough has been designated with building an allocated number of houses. Bedford Borough has already designated areas, through the local plan 2035, in the town as well as the villages for building.

The Government have also given local parishes the ability to create their own plan – the Neighbourhood Development Plan. This enables villages like Thurleigh to agree that if there is any building done in our village, we have already agreed through the NPD where that should be.

Once the plan has been agreed, and we are nearly there (hopefully by June 2017), then if there is any development the Parish Council will get a percentage of the CIL – the community infrastructure levy.  This could be quite substantial and would be used to support the issues that the village feel are necessary -issues that have been raised through the NDP. This could include traffic control/calming systems, better parking options and improved broadband.


We have already asked you to complete one large questionnaire last year plus other smaller consultations which highlighted the areas that are of concern to you but also the things that you value about Thurleigh.  Following the analysis of this data a further document – the Issues and Options questionnaire has been collated and for which we now need further feedback from you.

The Issues and Options document is large and wordy but it is necessary to ensure that you have all the information you need to make informed decisions.  Part of the requirements of the NDP is that we have to regularly consulted and can prove that we have done so, with you as residents of Thurleigh.  Unfortunately, there is not a lot we can do about this.  We need as many of you as possible to respond to this questionnaire.

Thank you from Thurleigh Parish Council