Progress on the Bletchley and Fenny Stratford Neighbourhood Plan during 2020 has been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. The Town Council also chose to delay some work in order to avoid consulting with the public at the same time as the Bletchley and Fenny Stratford Town Deal Board. During 2021 we hope to make more progress and will be updating this page accordingly.
The designated area for the new Neighbourhood Plan was agreed in May 2020. For a copy of the report on this decision please follow this link to their website: Milton Keynes Council's Planning Hub. You can also view a PDF of the report: Neighbourhood Plan Decision Report May 2020
What is a Neighbourhood Development Plan?
In very simple terms, a neighbourhood development plan is:
- A document that sets out planning policies for the neighbourhood area (planning policies are used to decide whether to approve planning applications)
- Written by the local community, the people who live and work in the area, rather than the Local Planning Authority
- A powerful tool to help the community to get the right types of development, in the right place.
The Lakes Estate Neighbourhood Plan was made in 2015 and it covers part of Bletchley and Fenny Stratford. This plan has influenced the planned redevelopment of the Lakes Estate especially the location of future housing developments and has protected green space on the estate. The new neighbourhood plan will cover all the rest of the Bletchley and Fenny Stratford Town Council area, including the parts of Newton Leys and Eaton Leys within our area .
Why do we need a new Neighbourhood Plan now?
Bletchley and Fenny Stratford sits at the intersection of strategic east-west and north-south rail routes at the centre of the Oxford-Cambridge arc. The planned development of the East West rail link could result in extensive future development in Bletchley both business and residential. If so this will affect the people and the infrastructure of the whole of Bletchley and Fenny Stratford. The government has allocated funding of over £20 million from the Towns Fund to the Bletchley and Fenny Stratford Town Town Deal and it is hoped that this will attract additional investment to our area. Our community is changing and we are already seeing new developments which are altering the face of the area.
A neighbourhood plan cannot prevent development but it will allow the community to express their views and have more influence in how development happens. We need this new plan as soon as possible.
Designation of Neighbourhood Area
Bletchley and Fenny Stratford Town Council submitted a request to Milton Keynes Council for the area shown above to be used as the neighbourhood area for the new plan. In May 2020, the area put forward by the Town Council for designation as a neighbourhood plan area was approved by Milton Keynes Council. View the Neighbourhood Plan Area Decision Report.
A copy of the consultation statement can be viewed: Consultation Statement. You can also view this information on Milton Keynes Council's website.
PDF files of the Plan application and of the map of the proposed area can be viewed and downloaded below:
How will the new Neighbourhood Plan be developed?
Although the Town Council has begun started the process of developing the new plan the Neighbourhood Plan belongs to the neighbourhood area. The plan must be made by the community itself - with the support of the Town Council and Milton Keynes Council, as well as any planning consultants and other experts we decide to use.
A group composed of local people and businesses will be set up to steer the preparation of the plan and to seek the views of local people. For more information on joining the steering group or getting involved in devising the plan please watch this website and sign up to our Neighbourhood Plan newsletter listing. We are looking for volunteers to join the Steering Group which will oversee production of the plan. We are also looking for local people who want to be involved in the community consultations or those who can bring specific expertise or knowledge of minority and under-represented groups.
You can sign up to the Neighbourhood Plan newsletter, by emailing email@example.com
Please put 'Neighbourhood Plan Newsletter' in the subject line of the email. In the email itself, please tell us your name and contact information, including your address and telephone number. By emailing us this information, you are giving the town council permission to contact you and to send you the Neighbourhood Plan newsletter. If you are interested in joining the Steering Group or any of the working groups please tell us in your email.
We hope to be launching a new website for the Neighbourhood Plan soon.