A new Neighbourhood Plan for Bletchley and Fenny Stratford

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. Please see the map for the new proposed Neighbourhood plan below. 


 

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 has submitted a request to Milton Keynes Council for the area shown above to be used as the neighbourhood area for the new plan. Before we can develop the plan Milton Keynes Council must consult on this area and then decide whether to “designate” this area.

 A copy of the consultation statement can be viewed below:

 /_UserFiles/Files/Consultation statement.pdf

 

Please be aware that this is not a consultation on the Neighbourhood Plan, merely an opportunity to comment on the proposed neighbourhood plan area.

This consultation will run between Friday 21st February and Friday 3rd April.

You can comment by emailing Milton Keynes Council at neighbourhoodplanning@milton-keynes.gov.uk

You can also send your response in writing by post to the following address:

UDLA, Growth, Economy and Culture, Milton Keynes Council, Civic Offices, 1 Saxon Gate East Central Milton Keynes, MK9 3EJ

Any representations must be made to Milton Keynes Council by 5pm on Friday 3rd April.

You can also view this information on Milton Keynes Council's website: https://bit.ly/39O2fi4

 

Pdf files of the Plan application and of the map of the proposed area can be viewed and downloaded below:

/_UserFiles/Files/Neighbourhood Plan Application.pdf

/_UserFiles/Files/Proposed Neighbourhood Plan Map.pdf

 

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 NP newsletter listing.

You can sign up to the NP 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 NP newsletter.

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