West Bletchley Council

West Bletchley Council

A Neighbourhood Plan for West Bletchley

Neighbourhood Plan Update (March 2017)

Consultation Opens on Draft Plan

 

West Bletchley Council has, over the last four years, been working with key stakeholders and members of the local community in developing a Neighbourhood Plan for the parish.

 

Neighbourhood Planning is a right, introduced as part of the Localism Act 2011, for a local community to shape the development permitted in a particular area. Using a Neighbourhood Development Plan a community can identify areas where it would find development acceptable or welcome, together with controlling the type of development to take place there.

 

Whilst there is no statutory duty to prepare a plan, Milton Keynes Council has advised that a neighbourhood plan “would be the key document for determining planning applications locally because it has more detail than higher level plans”.

 

Having established a steering committee to act as a project board for production of the plan, a first phase of consultation was undertaken to identify local residents’ views on the priority areas that the plan should seek to address.

 

The Neighbourhood Planning Steering Committee then considered these themes by focusing on locations which it identified as providing potential opportunities for development. Workshops were then held for each of these areas to identify key points for consideration in establishing proposals for new planning policies.

 

The key points identified and information received from consultation have been considered alongside the current profile of the local area. This information has been shaped into a Draft Neighbourhood Plan.

 

Our next step is a period of open consultation on the Draft Plan. This will enable local residents, landowners and other stakeholders to comment on the plan and suggest any amendments prior to submission for formal consultation and examination.

 

Consultation on the Draft Plan will open on Friday 10th March 2017 for a 6 week period ending Friday 21st April 2017.
 

Click the links below to download the relevant part/section of the Draft Plan:
PART 1
PART 2

PART 3 Section 1
PART 3 Section 2
PART 4


Click here for the Consultation Statement.

Hard copies of the plan are also available for inspection at our office at 221 Whaddon Way, West Bletchley.

 

Comments and feedback on the Draft Plan can be submitted as follows:

  • Using the online questionnaire.
  • Completing a hard copy questionnaire (copies available on request from the Council’s offices).
  • By e-mail to: admin@westbletchleycouncil.gov.uk
  • By letter to West Bletchley Council Offices, 221 Whaddon Way, Bletchley, MK3 7DZ.

Neighbourhood Plan Update  (May 2015)

The West Bletchley Neighbourhood Planning Steering Committee held the last in its series of Neighbourhood Planning Workshops on Wednesday 1st April where local residents and other stakeholders considered how the area surrounding Bletchley Park might be improved in the future.

Having identified a number of local priorities the Neighbourhood Planning Steering Committee had agreed to consider these by focusing on locations which it has identified as providing potential opportunities for development. This included some areas that it considered to be neglected or in need of attention to give them a useful purpose.

These locations have been grouped into 4 area headings, being:

  • Bletchley Park, Station and surrounding area
  • Parks and Open Spaces
  • Garage Blocks
  • Shopping areas

The Bletchley Park Area workshop has identified some key points for consideration, including the following:

  • Need to support further growth and development of Bletchley Park.
  • Need to consider alternative uses of some areas that would support regeneration of area.
  • Consider parking issues – possible parking review.
  • Would like to see improvements to station and develop link to Bletchley Park.
  • Assess need and demand for a Hotel within or close to opportunity area.

Additional comments, in respect of individual sites located within the opportunity area, can be viewed here.

The information that has been collected through workshops, consultation and research will now be used to help draft a neighbourhood plan setting out a vision and planning policies that will help shape and influence future development within the parish. It is anticipated that the draft plan will be produced, and be the subject of further consultation, later this year. Please continue to visit our website for updates.

If you would like to find out more about the Neighbourhood Planning process or have comments that you would like considered as part of the planning process then please contact us by phone on 01908 648257 or by e-mail at: admin@westbletchleycouncil.gov.uk .


 

Neighbourhood Plan Update (March 2015)

The West Bletchley Neighbourhood Planning Steering Committee held its third Neighbourhood Planning Workshop on Tuesday 16th September where local residents considered how the parish’s shopping areas might be improved in the future.

Having identified a number of local priorities the Neighbourhood Planning Steering Committee had agreed to consider these by focusing on locations which it has identified as providing potential opportunities for development. This included some areas that it considered to be neglected or in need of attention to give them a useful purpose.

These locations have been grouped into 4 area headings, being:

  • Bletchley Park, Station and surrounding area
  • Parks and Open Spaces
  • Garage Blocks
  • Shopping areas

The Shopping Areas workshop has identified some key points for consideration, including the following:

Local shops

  • provide local services to local people
  • often used to ‘Top Up’ household weekly shop
  • low income families often use local shops for their main shopping due to lack of vehicle
  • Empty shops ‘Voids’ look bad and put average shoppers off
  • Milton Keynes Council as landlords do not show interest or even appear to carry out basic maintenance issues.
  • Try to be aware of impact on existing stores and shops when a new outlet is allowed – such as opening a supermarket and the potential closure of smaller outlets that are nearby.
  • Consider ‘open use class’ on business units – specifically within the ‘A’ classes of use.
  • The term of lease for shops is too long and not flexible enough to encourage take up or investment in the first place.
  • Could the Parish Council take over units and act as agent or sub landlord to new businesses to ease new businesses into trade.
  • ‘Pop Up’ shops
  • Milton Keynes Council as the landlord is too rigid and not flexible.
  • Outlets are assets within the Community and should be viewed as such and protected as Community assets.
  • To place within the Neighbourhood Plan the idea of the need for a certain type of outlet, this would be more likely to get approval.
  • Improvements to the ‘look’ of the shopping area will bring about the ‘Happy Feel’ and encourage the support of the shops including consideration to lighting/planting/seating etc.
  • Shopping units need to be smaller to offer less commitment and smaller risk – split and divide units to offer range of smaller outlets as start-up units.
  • Who owns shops and units?
  • Approach the Co-op on Newton Road to ask if they would be prepared to have a post office in store.

The next Neighbourhood Planning Workshop which will be focusing on ‘Bletchley Park, Station and surrounding areas’ will be held at 7pm on Wednesday 1st April 2015 at West Bletchley Council’s offices at 221 Whaddon Way.

If you would be interested in attending this workshop, would like to find out more about the Neighbourhood Planning process or have comments that you would like considered as part of the planning process then please contact us by phone on 01908 648257 or by e-mail at: admin@westbletchleycouncil.gov.uk .


Neighbourhood Plan Update   (July 2014)  

The West Bletchley Neighbourhood Planning Steering Committee held its second Neighbourhood Planning Workshop on Tuesday 1st July where local residents considered how the parish’s underused garage blocks might be improved or used differently in the future.

Having identified a number of local priorities the Neighbourhood Planning Steering Committee had agreed to consider these by focusing on locations which it has identified as providing potential opportunities for development. This included some areas that it considered to be neglected or in need of attention to give them a useful purpose.
These locations have been grouped into 4 area headings, being:
-    Bletchley Park, Station and surrounding area
-    Parks and Open Spaces
-    Garage Blocks
-    Shopping areas

The Garage Blocks workshop has identified some key points for consideration, including the following:

•    Rental cost may be a factor in garage take up. We need to consult on the potential for pricing variations and price reductions. 
•    Garage take up has decreased over the past 2 years.
•    There are general concerns about lighting and security.
•    We need to ask residents if they would use space for parking, if improved.
•    F.O.G.S. (flats over garages) would maintain the same level of provision and improve security.
•    We need different solutions for different sites.
•    We would accept loss of garages in exchange for improved areas.
•    There might be opportunities for consolidating provision.
•    Milton Keynes Council Urban Design Officers could be asked to consider development proposals for identified sites (as a package).
•    We need to consult with residents to ensure that any developments do not result in the displacement of vehicles to other areas.
•    We need targeted consultation with neighbouring properties.
•    Census Data supports the need for more Old Age Pensioners bungalows.
•    Could replace some garages with Solar Panels Car Ports (potential investment / income generation).
•    Retained garages need improving (could use planning gain for wider garage improvement strategy (including for storage).

The next Neighbourhood Planning Workshop, which will be focusing on ‘Shopping Areas’, will be held at 7pm on Tuesday 16th September 2014 at West Bletchley Council’s Offices at 221 Whaddon Way.

If you would be interested in attending this workshop, would like to find out more about the Neighbourhood Planning process or have comments that you would like considered as part of the planning process then please contact us by phone on 648257 or by e-mail at: admin@westbletchleycouncil.gov.uk


Neighbourhood Plan Update (May 2014)

The West Bletchley Neighbourhood Planning Steering Committee held its first Neighbourhood Planning Workshop on Tuesday 29th April where local residents considered how the parish’s open spaces might be protected, improved or used differently in the future.

 

Having identified a number of local priorities the Neighbourhood Planning Steering Committee had agreed to consider these by focusing on locations which it has identified as providing potential opportunities for development. This included some areas that it considered to be neglected or in need of attention to give them a useful purpose.
These locations have been grouped into 4 area headings, being:
-    Bletchley Park, Station and surrounding area
-    Parks and Open Spaces
-    Garage Blocks
-    Shopping areas

The Open Spaces workshop has identified some key points for consideration, including the following:

•    We should identify areas of amenity land and investigate whether they can be designated as open space. 
•    Community Foundation land should be added to our list of open spaces.
•    It is important to identify links to areas outside of the parish and see if we can comment on other parishes’ plans. 
•    In respect of Standards relating to Open Space, West Bletchley has: 
•    a fair number of playing fields
•    over 50% more play areas than standard
•    nearly double the number of Parks recommended
•    less than 25% of the recommended number of Allotments (although West Bletchley does have a high number of homes with larger gardens)
•    We agree that the principle of consolidating and disposing of some play sites should be looked at.
•    We need to identify a ‘viable’ cycle route (possibly south and west of parish)
•    We wish to see the Golf Course remain, protect access and rights of way but understand that there is a need to look at future viability issues

The next Neighbourhood Planning Workshop, which will be focusing on ‘Garage Blocks’, will be held at 7pm on Tuesday 1st July 2014 at West Bletchley Council’s Offices at 221 Whaddon Way.

If you would be interested in attending this workshop, would like to find out more about the Neighbourhood Planning process or have comments that you would like considered as part of the planning process then please contact us by phone on 648257 or by e-mail at: admin@westbletchleycouncil.gov.uk .


West Bletchley Council has agreed to work towards the development of a Neighbourhood Plan for the parish (November 2013)

Neighbourhood Planning is a right, introduced as part of the Localism Act 2011, for a local community to shape the development permitted in a particular area. Using a Neighbourhood Development Plan a community can identify areas where it would find a development acceptable or welcome together with controlling the type of development to take place there.

Whilst there is no statutory duty to prepare a plan Milton Keynes Council has advised that a neighbourhood plan "would be the key document for determining planning applications locally because it has more detail than a higher level plans"

West Bletchley Council considers it wise to take advantage of this opportunity to have a greater say in what happens within the parish and has agreed to work with interested local parties to develop a plan for West Bletchley. It has, to this end, established a steering committee to act as a project board for the production of the plan.

   

Membership of the steering commitee is open to representatives from business, education, health,culture and the voluntary & community sectors. The next meeting of the steering commitee will be held at West Bletchley Council's offices at 221 Whaddon Way at 7pm on Tuesday 26th November 2013.

If you would be interested in attending this meeting or would like to find out more about the Neighbourhood Planning process then please contact us by phone on  01908 648257 or by email: admin@westbletchleycouncil.gov.uk