A new Neighbourhood Plan for Bletchley and Fenny Stratford

Update May 2020: The area put forward by the Town Council for designation as a neighbourhood plan area has now been approved by Milton Keynes Council.

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

Progress with this neighbourhood plan has been delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but the Town Council hopes to hold consultation events as soon as practicable.

Image of Neighbourhood Plan

Bletchley and Fenny Stratford Town Council intends to initiate a new Neighbourhood Plan* for our community. 

*In very simple terms, a neighbourhood 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 Newton Leys. 


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 (and the possible development of the Expressway) 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.

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.

You can sign up to the Neighbourhood Plan newsletter, by emailing info@bletchleyfennystratford-tc.gov.uk

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.

A community meeting will be held in due course to move things forward whilst we wait for formal designation of the area.