Oakley's Neighbourhood Development Plan

Oakley's Neighbourhood Development Plan

Committee Members

  • 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

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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.

Latest News: 

The Oakley Neighbourhood Development Plan Group have nearly completed the plan. They have devised policies based on how you wished to see the village by 2035. The Group then engaged a consultant to change these into “planning speak”.

The policies cover:

Overall Growth which states that you would like a growth of between 20-50 dwellings up to 2035.The Bedford Borough Local Plan 2035 has just been published for consultation and it states that Oakley should have a growth of between 25-50 dwellings. We conform to the plan. 

Housing: ONPHG1 Housing Growth in Oakley; ONPHG2 Housing Mix in Oakley.

Business and Employment: ONPBE1 Business; ONPBE2 Retail and Community Facilities; ONPBE3 Public House; ONPBE4 Broadband Connectivity.

Landscape: ONPLE1 Sensitive Landscapes; ONPLE2 Local Green Spaces; ONPLE3 Coalescence with neighbouring Villages.

Design and Heritage: ONPDH1 Design; ONPDH2 Local Character; ONDPLE3 Local Heritage.

Transport: ONPTR1 Balanced Transport Provision.

In addition, the consultants have carried out an Audit of possible development sites that have been submitted under the “Call for Sites” process, and have shown to be appropriate for further assessment, following initial assessment carried out by Bedford Borough Council. At the same time the audit included a review of possible additional green spaces.  The Audit results with the Oakley policies will determine possible development sites to ensure we have a growth of between 20-50 houses up to 2035.   

The Parish Council will make the final decision on where the growth should go based on the results as above and on your preferences as detailed in the consultations undertaken with you. The draft plan will then go out for consultation to give everyone a final opportunity to comment before the final plan is produced and submitted to Bedford Borough Council. 

Bedford Borough Local Plan - If you would like to read the proposed Bedford Borough Local Plan 2035 in more detail, then go to www.bedford.gov.uk/localplan2035

Further updates will appear here and in the Oakley Newsletter.

Policy Areas

It is proposed that Oakley’s NDP will have 6 policy areas:

  • Overall Growth
  • Housing
  • Business and Employment
  • Landscape
  • Design and Heritage
  • Transport

A field on Station Road that is cited for development

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

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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

Other reports