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.
The Neighbourhood Plan is a key part of planning policy and helps to protect the villagen and its surroundings from unwanted planning applications. It details the criteria anyone making a planning applicatiom should follow so as not to spoil the village that we all know and love and help it to maintain its unique identity.
The draft revised Neighbourhood Plan 2020-31 is now open until 11 March for public consultation and an Open Day will be held in the Village Hall from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 29 February where residents will be able to get the answers to any questions they may have.
You can read the latest version of the new Plan by downloading it here,
the Draft Modification Proposal by downloading it here and the Draft Modification statement by downloading it here.
You can comment on the Plan online by clicking here. There's also a Comments Form in MS Word here which you can download and fill in and send either by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to:
Castlethorpe Parish Council
63 Thrupp Close
You can download a copy of the existing 2017 plan by clicking here.
The new Local Plan for Milton Keynes, Plan:MK was adopted by Milton Keynes Council at its meeting on the 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 here and you can download a copy of the current plan by clicking here.
A draft Consultation document for Milton Keynes Strategy for 2050, which gives an overall view of planned growth in the borough over the next 30 years, has just been published by Milton Keynes Council and Milton Keynes Futures 2050. You can download a copy here.
You can send your comments in
by email, to MKFutures@milton-keynes.gov.uk
in writing, to MK Futures Team, Milton Keynes Council, Civic Offices, 1 Saxon Gate East, Milton Keynes, MK9 3EJ; or Social media: Facebook (search for MK Futures 2050) or Twitter (@Futures2050MK)
Comments must be received by Friday 17th April 2020.