- Pat Olney (Chair)
- Gerry Sansom
- Michael Frampton
- Jane Walker
- Tony Atkinson
- Adrian Randall
- Jette Randall
- Nicholas Saunders
- Rob Musgrave
- Michael Carr
- Paul Leinster
Oakley Neighbourhood Development Plan
A VISION FOR OAKLEY BEDFORDSHIRE
To protect the village community & the landscape within which it sits.
The Parish Council has registered with the Borough Council to produce its own Neighbourhood Plan and has set up a sub-group consisting of Parish Councillors and interested residents. The sub-group will develop the Neighbourhood Plan over the next 2 years.
THE FINAL CONSULTATION ON THE DRAFT OAKLEY NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN WILL TAKE PLACE FROM 19TH SEPTEMBER TO 31ST OCTOBER 2018
FEEDBACK FORMS ARE BEING DELIVERED WITH THE AUTUMN NEWSLETTER AND AVAILABLE HERE. PLEASE EMAIL THE COMPLETED FORM TO .
COPIES OF THE DRAFT PLAN WILL BE ON THE WEBSITE, IN THE POST OFFICE, CHURCHES AND BEDFORD ARMS FROM 19th SEPTEMBER
SEE NEWSLETTER ARTICLE HERE FOR MORE DETAILS
THE DRAFT NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN CONSULTATION CAN BE DOWNLOADED FROM HERE
It is proposed that Oakley’s NDP will have 6 policy areas:
- Overall Growth
- Business and Employment
- Design and Heritage
Explanation of Oakley Housing Allocation
- The government has said through the National Planning Policy Framework that all Local Plans must contain housing growth.
- All Neighbourhood Plans also need to show growth if required by the Local Authority in our case, Bedford Borough.
- If there is not an up to date Local Plan all growth is uncontrolled and any landowner and developer can submit plans and if turned down, they can appeal and at appeal permission.
- The Borough Local Plan comes to an end in 2021 and therefore there is a need for a new one. The Borough is at present going through the process of producing a plan from 2021 to 2035.
- The Borough through this process had a consultant assess housing need in the Borough.
- The Borough then looked to the urban and rural area for where growth should be sited with the largest amount in the urban area, the rest in the villages.
- Oakley was designated a category 2 village and was allocated between 25-50 houses.
- Oakley had already started its Neighbourhood Plan so that the village could manage any growth proposed for the village.
- At consultation events residents supported the need for more housing in Oakley. The preference was between 20-50 dwellings.
- Residents also showed a preference for small developments (10-/+) rather than one big one.
- At consultation all residents were concerned about traffic and resources, as no development site is free of these issues.
- Oakley Parish Council commissioned a housing survey which stated there was a need for approximately 40 houses.
- All the sites put forward by developers/landowners were audited by a consultant commissioned by the Parish Council, and those results set against the Village Road Assessment and our policies.
- There were two possible sites that met the criteria.
The Parish Council and the Neighbourhood Development Plan Group when considering all these issues have selected these two sites, one of 20 houses and one of 30 houses to have the least impact on Oakley as a whole.
The two sites still need planning permission, must comply with the Neighbourhood Plan, the Borough Local Plan and the Government National Planning Framework and address such issues as drainage, highways, landscaping etc.
The Parish Council and the Neighbourhood Development Plan Group have, by making a balanced assessment of the sites always recognised the impact on individual residents. Their judgement was based on what the residents told us, the planning system from government, the impact on individual residents and the impact on the whole village. If we do not as a village manage the growth, then growth will still be imposed on us but we will have no influence over where it is located or what it looks like, this will be decided by the Borough Council.
Developer Plans for Proposed Sites
Site layouts are indicative only and that type, size, etc of dwellings has not yet been determined
Oakley Neighbourhood Development Plan Reports
Oakley Neighbourhood Development Plan
ONDP Housing Needs Survey report 2016 - Completed by Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity:
ONDP Oakley Road Study 2016 - Completed by J A C Edwards MA CEng FICE
Consultant - Urban Vision reports
Oakley Neighbourhood Plan Local Green Space assessment February 2018 – Completed by consultants Urban Vision - LGS report 2018
Oakley Neighbourhood Plan Site Assessments report – Completed by consultants Urban Vision - UVE Oakley site assessments report
Launch Event 2014