- 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 and improve the village community and 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 based on responses to questionnaires received from residents, other people who have a stake in the village and technical evaluations. It has to meet guidelines set down by national government and conform to Borough-wide policies.
The final consultation on the draft Neighbourhood Plan took place between 19th September and 31st October 2018.
Thank you to everyone who replied about the draft Neighbourhood Plan during the six - week consultation period. The replies are being analysed and the responses will be recorded. Once this has been done then they will be put on the website with the response. Each person who gave us their address will receive a reply. We will then review the draft plan and adjust, as required.
Our consultants are working on the Basic Conditions Statement, the Consultation Statement and the Habitat Screening assessment.
When all this work is complete then the plan will go to the Oakley Parish Council for sign off.
The Next Stage:
The plan will be submitted to the Borough Council, who will check that the proper legal process, such as the neighbourhood area being designated, the legal requirements for consultation and that the publicity have been followed.
The Borough Council will, if the above has been followed;
- Publicise the plan for a six - week period. Following the publicity period, any representations made will be passed to the independent examiner. This means that they will only be considered within the remit of the independent examination (i.e. whether the neighbourhood plan proposal meets the basic conditions and other requirements set out by law).
- Submit to the inspector for an independent examination.
- Review the examination results, and if appropriate request adjustments to the plan.
- Organise a referendum.
- Confirm the outcome of the referendum and the plan status.
Further updates will appear here and in the Village Newsletter.
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