... Planning

Planning applications

The Planning Authority which makes decisions on planning applications is Milton Keynes Council and specifically the Development Control Committee or Panel, though minor decisions, where there is no objection by a Ward Councillor or Parish Council, can be made by the Planning Officer.

All applications are published on the MKC website and you can ask for alerts if you are interested. There is a set period for consultation where the statutory consultees, Ward Councillors, Parish Councils and members of the public can comment on applications in support or objection. There are also limited speaking rights available in the decision meeting.

If the application is refused, the applicant can appeal to a government Planning Inspector and there are generous speaking rights in the appeal hearings.

The Parish Council is a "statutory consultee" alongside bodies such as MK Highways or Education, Health and Police. It has some extra consultation and speaking rights and all applications are on the published agenda for its meetings and residents can speak at the Open Forum before each Parish Council meeting.  

Decisions are made by law only on the basis of Planning Policies published in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and Milton Keynes' Local Plan, Plan:MK. The Local Plan includes the Policies set by an adopted Neighbourhood Plan such as we have in Castlethorpe which is why the Neighbourhood Plan is so important.

Of course anyone else can object to or support an application as well. You can find details of planning applications relating to Castlethorpe on the MKC Planning Public Access site by clicking here. In the box marked "Enter a keyword, reference number, postcode or single line of an address" type Castlethorpe (or Hanslope or any other area you are interested in) and click on the Search button.

Castlethorpe Neighbourhood Plan

As you may recall, the Parish Council has modified our Neighbourhood Plan to keep it current.  It went to a public referendum on 22 July where the voting on the question "Do you want Milton Keynes Council to use the
Neighbourhood Plan for Castlethorpe to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?"
Yes: 244
No: 14
It will now go to Milton Keynes Council to be "made" and become part of their planning policy.

You can download or read the Plan here and also with accompanying documents on MKC's Neighbourhood Planning webpage (which opens in a new window) at https://www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/planning-and-building/planning-policy/castlethorpe-neighbourhood-plan.  


The new Local Plan for Milton Keynes, Plan:MK was adopted by Milton Keynes Council at its meeting on 20 March 2019. Plan:MK now forms part of the Council's Development Plan and replaces both the Core Strategy (2013) and saved policies of the Local Plan (2005).

The adopted version of Plan:MK, its updated Policies Maps, and associated adoption documents can be viewed in a new window here and you can download a copy of the current plan by clicking here.