- Pat Olney (Chair)
- Gerry Sansom
- Michael Frampton
- Jane Walker
- Tony Atkinson
- Adrian Randall
- Jette Randall
- Nicholas Saunders
- Rob Musgrave
- Michael Carr
- Paul Leinster
A VISION FOR OAKLEY BEDFORDSHIRE
To protect and improve the village community and the landscape within which it sits.
The Parish Council registered with the Borough Council to produce its own Neighbourhood Plan and set up a sub-group consisting of Parish Councillors and interested residents in 2014. The sub-group developed the Neighbourhood Plan based on responses to questionnaires from residents, exhibitions at the Village Hall, other people who had a stake in the village, technical evaluations and national/local government guidelines/policies.
The draft neighbourhood plan was subject to a referendum in February 2020. The majority of those who voted supported the plan. The declaration by the returning officer stated -I do hereby declare that those voting have voted in favour of making the Oakley Neighbourhood Plan.
The Oakley Neighbourhood plan was declared “made” by the Borough Council on 23rdMarch 2020. This means the plan is now a statutory document which has to be taken into account when any planning application in Oakley is determined.
The Oakley Neighbourhood Plan can be downloaded from here: Oakley Neighbourhood Development Plan
All reports and documentation relating to the preparation of the Oakley Neighbourhood Plan are available for download below.
The Neighbourhood Plan will be monitored annually to see that its policies are being effective. A formal review will take place every two years unless an earlier review is considered justified.
Bedford Borough Council’s webpage relating to Neighbourhood Plans is:-https://www.bedford.gov.uk/planning-and-building/planning-policy-its-purpose/neighbourhood-planning/
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
NOTE: The links below will load PDF documents (.pdf) or Microsoft Office documents (.doc, .docx, .xlsx, .ppt) and additional software may be needed to open them
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
- Business Study
- Landscape Character Assessment
- ONDP Survey (questionnaire) summary report 2016 – Completed by Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity
- BBC Call for Site assessment
- BBC Green Spaces site assessment
Oakley Neighbourhood Plan Proposed Development Sites Assessment – Completed by Oakley Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group
Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) – Completed by Dr.P.D.Carey, Bodsey Ecology Limited
Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) – Completed by Oakley Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group on behalf of Oakley Parish Council
Oakley NP Basic Conditions Statement March 2019 – Completed by consultants Urban Vision
Oakley Neighbourhood Plan Consultation Statement – Completed by Oakley Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group
- 2017.01.29. policies background .docx
- 2017.01.29. policy exhibition BUSINESS.docx
- 2017.01.29. policy exhibition GREEN SPACES.docx
- 2017.01.29. policy exhibition HERITAGE.docx
- 2017.01.29. policy exhibition HOUSING.docx
- 2017.01.29. policy exhibition LANDSCAPE.docx
- 2018 Final Consultation Comments Log - Development Sites OPC responses.pdf
- 2018 Final Consultation Comments Log - Development Sites website.pdf
- 2018 Final Consultation Comments Log - Green Spaces OPC responses.pdf
- 2018 Final Consultation Comments Log - Green Spaces website.pdf
- 2018 Final Consultation Comments Log - policies website.pdf
- NDP - Policy Feedback Form website.docx
- Oakley Policies Exhibition Maps.pptx
Neighbourhood Plan Examination
- Oakley Neighbourhood Plan Report Fact Check Version 011019.docx
- Oakley NP - Examiner Clarification Request 211019.docx
- Examiner Procedural Matters Oakley.docx
- 2019.10.31. Oakley NDP Response to Examiner Additional Questions revised..doc
- BBC response to second fact check examiners report.pdf
- Correspondence with Examiner.docx
- 2019.09.19. Oakley NDP Response to Examiner .doc
- 2019.10.17. Oakley NDP Response to Examiner Fact Check Report revised.doc
- regulation 18.pdf
Launch Event (2014)
- Launch Event - comments housing.xlsx
- Launch Event - comments landscape.xlsx
- Launch Event - comments community.xlsx
- Launch Event - comments environment.xlsx
- Launch Event - comments infrastructure.xlsx
- Launch Event - comments business.xlsx
- Launch Event - comments children.xlsx
- NDP - Governance Statement.docx
- ONDP-TermsofReference issue1 Sept 2014 .docx
- Neighbourhood Planning VisionandObjectives.pptx
- What is a Neighbourhood Plan.docx
Exhibition 13th May 2018
Following concerns about site 171 (opposite the Bedford Arms) which were raised in the consultation last October, the NDP Group discussed further with the landowner. As a result the number of houses has been reduced to a maximum of ten, of which some will be single-story and the amount of green space has been increased.