CBC are currently consulting on the local plan and now is time to have your say.

Log on to Central Bedfordshire web page and the local plan technical consultation will come up on front page. Click on this, then on item 6 scroll down and click on 'Have your say on the consultation.'

The technical assessment is not very clear but we would urge that you do try and complete, and if you find it not that clear or easy to understand that you state this in the comments boxes provided 'in your own words please', it's very important that they don't think we have filled in many by the same person. Also make it clear if it's very important to you.

Thank you

Stanbridge PC

Technical assessment consultation



We launched the Local Plan in February 2016 and the ‘Call for Sites’, which ran until April 2016, was one of the first steps. The Call for Sites was an opportunity for agents, landowners and developers to submit land which they believe could be developed to meet future demand for homes and jobs. The full list of approximately 830 sites that were submitted was published on 25th May 2016.

What is being consulted on?

Technical site assessment criteria have been produced so that we can evaluate all of the sites that have been submitted. We are asking for comments on these three sets of criteria. 

  •          Site Assessment Criteria for Housing 
  •          Site Assessment Criteria for Gypsy and Traveller Sites 
  •          Site Assessment Criteria for Strategic Employment Sites

How do residents and stakeholders give feedback?

Comments can be made by completing the online survey form before 5pm on 29th July 2016.

There was a previous consultation on the housing assessment criteria from February – April 2016 How have these comments been used?

The comments that we received in response to this initial consultation were used alongside comments from officers internally to shape the criteria that are being consulted on now. A schedule of changes will be available on the website showing how these responses have been taken into account.

How will the Housing Site Assessment Criteria be used?

The housing site assessment criteria will be used to assess sites to see whether they are ‘suitable’, ‘available’ and ‘achievable’. National guidance requires us to do this and the outcomes of this will be collated in an evidence document called the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA).

Crucially, the sites that come through this process will not then automatically become the draft housing allocations in the Local Plan as the SHLAA is just one of a number of technical evidence documents that will be used determine the most sustainable locations for growth. The evidence base includes the results of public consultation, the Sustainability Appraisal and the strategic growth options studies. 

How will the Gypsy and Traveller and Employment Site Assessment Criteria be used?

Like the housing criteria, these two sets of criteria will be used to provide a technical assessment of the sites. The sites that are selected for development will also be informed by the wider evidence base for the Local Plan.

Next Steps

The opportunity for residents and stakeholders to comment on the options for growth will begin in December when the first draft of the Local Plan is published for comment. Please see the Questions and Answersfor further details about the Local Plan process.


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Crime Reduction Advice : Home Security Whilst You Are On Holiday

Everyone needs a holiday some time and there is nothing like a change of scenery to recharge the batteries - but we all want to come home and find everything as we left it.  By following the advice set out below, you can help to make your home more secure while you are away.  Read the tips here and plan ahead.  Tick off the items before you go.

  • Make sure your home looks occupied. Ideally, ask a trusted neighbour or a friend to look after it (collecting mail, watering plants, feeding your pets, open/close curtains, etc).
  • Let them have the spare keys but don’t put your name or address on the fob in case they fall into the wrong hands.
  • Don’t leave your curtains closed in the daytime as this shows the house is empty. Use automatic timer-switches to turn your lights on when it gets dark.
  • Cancel any regular deliveries such as newspapers or milk.
  • Cut the lawn before you go and trim back any plants that burglars could hide behind.
  • Uncollected mail is a sign that you are away. The Royal Mail’s ‘Keepsafe’ service will keep your mail for up to two months while you are away.
  • Avoid discussing holiday plans on social media where strangers may discover your address and absence from home.  Post your photos once you get home, not while you are still away.
  • Consider leaving important documents and valuable items with other family members or a bank, or lock them in a safe.
  • Do not put your home address on your luggage when you are travelling to your holiday destination. Rather put the address of the person looking after your house or a family member.
  • If you normally leave valuable pedal cycles or similar items in your shed, consider putting them in the house.
  • Finally, don’t forget to lock all external doors and windows. If you have a burglar alarm, make sure it is set. If it’s a monitored alarm, ensure the alarm company has the details of your temporary keyholders.
  • And just before you set off, it’s worth spending a couple of minutes checking that you’ve done all you had to do and taken everything you need with you. Don’t forget your passport and tickets!

It’s a good idea to get help from your neighbours. You could ask them to collect post, sweep up leaves, mow the lawn, open and close curtains, and so on. They could even occasionally park their car on your driveway. Anything to make the place look lived in. You can repay the favour by doing the same for them.

Let your neighbour know when you will be away and, if you can, give them details so that they can contact you, or someone who can act on your behalf, in an emergency.

Is there a Neighbourhood Watch scheme where you live? You can look on the internet at www.bedfordnhw.ourwatch.org.uk. It could help you make your home more secure while you’re away and has many other crime-prevention and community benefits.


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Upgrade Fraud

Fraudsters are impersonating telephone service providers and contacting their clients offering a phone upgrade on a low monthly payment contract. The fraudsters will glean all your personal and financial details which will then be used to contact the genuine phone provider and order a new mobile phone handset. The fraudsters will either intercept the delivery before it reaches the victim’s address or order the handset to a different address.

Protect yourself

  • Never provide your personal information to a third party from an unsolicited communication.
  • Obtain the genuine number of the organisation being represented and verify the legitimacy of the communication.
  • If the offer is too good to be true it probably is.
  • If you have provided personal information and you are concerned that your identity may be compromised consider Cifas Protection Registration.

If you have been a victim of fraud report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

Ditch Maintenance

We would like to bring it to your attention that Central Bedfordshire Council do not own any land drainage ditches, unless they are adjacent to or abut Council owned land. (This does not include highways)

Therefore if you own land adjoining, above, or with a watercourse running through it, you have certain rights and responsibilities and in legal terms you are a ‘riparian owner’. If you rent the land, you should agree with the owner who will manage these rights and responsibilities.

The riparian owner of a ditch running between the public highway (including pavements) and a field is the owner of the field. They are required to maintain the whole ditch and ensure they meet their riparian responsibilities.

Flooding could occur if a Riparian owner fails to maintain their section of a ditch/culvert. It can have devastating consequences up stream by causing flooding to homes, transport infrastructure and increase the risk of injury. This could result in prosecution or costs as the riparian owner would be liable if they have not met their responsibilities and maintained the ditch/culvert. 

Please ensure that if you are responsible for a ditch, that it is kept clear and maintained on a regular basis.

In view of the recent weather and flooding in the village we would ask that you ensure a check is carried out as quickly as possible and remedial work undertaken where necessary.

If you require any further clarification then please let us know (contact@stanbridgeparishcouncil.org.uk). 


Parish Council Meetings

Stanbridge Parish Council meetings are normally held at 7:30 pm on the second Tuesday of the month, in the Stanbridge and Tilsworth Community Hall. See Events Calendar for details. 


Central Bedfordshire Council Highways Department

In view of the recent issues highlighted by several concerned residents, regarding the installation of the speed humps in Tilsworth Road, please note you can raise any concerns or complaints on this matter, other speeding or highways issues including pavements, on the following number and email:

Central Bedfordshire Council Highways Department, tel: 0300 300 8049 or click on the following link to their website: http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/travelling/roads-safety-and-highways/report-highways-fault/default.aspx

The Parish Council are also in communication with CBC regarding this issue and other speeding problems. You can also raise any Central Beds Council issues with our Ward Councillor Mark Versallion, tel: 0300 300 8555 or email: mark.versallion@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk  or see his Councillor page: http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/modgov/mgUserInfo.aspx?UID=5231

Andrew Selous, MP also has regular Surgeries, see link for details: http://www.andrewselous.org.uk/surgery-dates


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Would You Like To Volunteer For Street Watch?

Bedfordshire Police is keen to hear from residents concerned about anti-social behaviour and crime in their area and would like to join forces to tackle these issues. Street Watch enables residents to promote good citizenship by patrolling their own streets. Members liaise with the force to encourage positive information sharing and partnership working. Juliet Wright, the force’s Watch Scheme Development Coordinator, said: “Our Street Watch volunteers provide visible reassurance and appropriately engage in local issues that matter most to their communities. They commit two hours every month to patrol in small groups, providing that vital link between their communities and the force. “We are looking for volunteers who either want to join a scheme that’s already set up in their area, or anyone who would like to start one.” Bedfordshire has Street Watch schemes in: Ampthill, Barton-Le-Clay, Biggleswade, Caddington, Clifton, Marston Moretaine, Harlington, Houghton Regis, Maulden, Shefford and Wootton, but schemes can be set up in any area. Volunteers are vetted at the same level as police volunteers, and Bedfordshire Police will provide training for any new members or groups. To find out more about becoming a volunteer, please email Juliet.Wright@Bedfordshire.pnn.Police.uk More information is also available at: www.street-watch.org  


Bedfordshire Police is on the hunt for more Speedwatch volunteers.
Community Speedwatch allows members of the public to get actively involved in monitoring the speed of vehicles travelling through their neighbourhoods.
It is used in areas where residents have identified speeding as a priority and aims to educate motorists about the dangers of speeding, rather than enforcing as a first option.
Last year the police’s Speedwatch volunteers sent out 7,613 letters for speeding in the county.
Chief Inspector for Community Safety Neill Waring hopes more volunteers will come forward across the county.
He said: "The mere presence of a team of volunteers in a village has an immediate effect on the behaviour of drivers and our teams report a notable change in driver attitude to speed limits where they operate.
"Most drivers will understand the objectives of the scheme is to slow drivers to or below the posted speed limit and for those that don't respond accordingly, the registered owner of any vehicle seen exceeding the speed limit is sent an advisory letter by the police, explaining that speeding is unacceptable to the local community.
"Any driver who accumulates more than two warnings will have a personal visit by a police officer asking them to respect the quality of life for the communities they drive through.
"These visits send a clear message to those that think it is OK to speed."
Anyone can participate, volunteers must be 18 or over and full training will be given.
To find out more about becoming a volunteer, email