Have your say on future housing, jobs and roads

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Feedback on a plan to create 31,000 homes, 27,000 jobs and new roads during the next 17 years is needed by Central Bedfordshire Council.

The council is holding a public consultation of its pre-submission draft, which identifies key housing, employment and environmental sites as well as highlights infrastructure improvements and areas of Green Belt.

The draft strategy also sets out key policies which will help determine planning applications.

All feedback will be summarised and sent to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for consideration along with the plan, prior to a public examination next spring.

If it is considered sound, the council will be asked to adopt it next summer.

The plan is an update to the previous draft strategy, which the council consulted on during 2012 and 2013.

This document had a housing target of 28,700. A council spokesman said this has been revised in response to latest population data.

He added of the 31,000 new homes now being planned, more than half have already been built or had sites identified.

The majority of the rest are planned for sites near Wixams, Houghton Regis, Luton and Leighton Linslade.

Comments can be submitted until Tuesday, August 26. Copies are available at www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/devstrat or at council customer service centres and libraries.