Castlethorpe Neighbourhood Plan goes to referendum

The Castlethorpe Neighbourhood Plan is at long last ready for referendum! Milton Keynes Council have formally accepted the second External Examiner’s Report and made the associated changes to the draft Plan. The Plan is available from the Milton Keynes Council website or can be downloaded here There will also be a supply of printed copies and this article will be updated as soon as they are available.

The referendum will be held on 21st September with voting as usual at the Village Hall. The decision on the Neighbourhood Plan becoming part of MKC’s Planning Policy will be made on a simple majority of votes cast.

The Neighbourhood Plan is important because:

  • It will become MKC Planning Policy preventing development outside the settlement boundary and protecting the village from unwanted development.
  • It defines a number of ‘character areas’ in the village where the design of any new houses or extensions has to be in keeping with the area
  • It identifies a number of proposed ‘Assets of Community Value’ which the Parish Council will put forward to MKC to protect them
  • It designates two ‘Local Green Spaces’ for protection
  • It takes a permissive approach to development of local businesses outside of the village

The Parish Council have arranged an Open Session from 10am to 5pm on Saturday 5th August at the Village Hall. Parish Councillors will be available to clarify any aspects of the Plan and the developers of ‘Maltings 2’ (the field next to Paddock Close and Maltings Field), who have now submitted an outline planning application, will also provide some information boards.

This is an important step for our village and has taken far greater work than we expected when we started the journey. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on 5th August and hope that you will give the Neighbourhood Plan your support on 21st September.