About the Bedford Group of Drainage Boards

Development Control

Internal Drainage Boards are operating authorities as referred to in Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government Guidance “Flood Risk and Coastal Change” and flood risk management authorities as described in the National Planning Policy Framework.

Although IDB’s are non-statutory consultees, Local Planning Authorities will consult with IDB’s in relation to drainage matters. The IDB’s have their own statutory powers which may prevent development proceeding.

For more information, please see our Consent & Planning page


To request physical copies of the Marston Vale Surface Waters Plan, Executive Summary and Appendices please email contact@idbs.org.uk or telephone 01234 767995

To download a pdf version please click on the links below:

Marston Vale Surface Waters Plan – Executive Summary

The Surface Waters Plan

The Surface Waters Plan – Appendices