Oakley Parish Council

Oakley Neighbourhood Development Plan

The Parish Council has registered with the Borough Council to produce its own Neighbourhood Plan and has set up a sub-group consisting of Parish Councillors and interested residents. The sub-group will develop the Neighbourhood Plan over the next 2 years. 

A Vision for Oakley Bedfordshire

To protect the village community & the landscape within which it sits.

Latest News: 

Oakley Parish Council has reviewed its position on the 3G Pitch and the relocation of the Lincroft Middle School Playing Field. Download the statement from here.

Here are three pieces of information you may find useful.

 Following Bedford Borough Councils latest Call for Sites a list of all  sites for Oakley Parish can be found here (http://edrms.bedford.gov.uk/PlanningBrowse.aspx?id=xayuVp7xX0ZxsXb9nymGvw%3d%3d). As you will see, the number of potential sites has increased from 8 to 13 sites.

 The outcome of the October Questionnaire has now been published. A report and appendices can be found on our download page here. The predominant views of those responding to the survey can be summarised as follows:

  • Oakley should receive some housing development (between 20 - 50 homes) over the next 15 years.
  • These homes should be dispersed across a number of individual homes through the conversion of redundant or derelict buildings or small development (up to 10 homes) on the edge of the village, with an emphasis on infill and brownfield sites.
  • Most of the homes should be 1-2 bedroom starter homes / homes for older people.  Some allocation should be made for 2-3 bedroom family home and bungalows for older people (an alternative to the latter would be houses built to Lifetime Homes criteria).
  • Most homes should be offered for sale on the open market, with the addition of some affordable properties (for rental and shared ownership).  Provision of some of these affordable properties specifically for local people could be made through a rural exception site development.  
  • The protection of areas of the village including College Farm, St Marys Church, The Twin Bridges, The Sports Field and the Village Hall is a high priority.
  • Any further development should seek to address concerns over traffic congestion and parking in the village and also provide adequate supporting community facilities such as school places, road improvements and water and sewage considerations. 
  • The overall village and rural feel of Oakley must be protected, along with existing character. 
  • Broadband speeds are also an issue for a significant minority of residents/businesses.

We continue to work on the policies that will reflect the results of the launch event and the questionnaire. They will be published and we will again ask your views on whether they are what you wish to see in the plan.

Oakley Parish Council has reviewed its position on the 3G Pitch and the relocation of the Lincroft Middle School Playing Field. Download the statement from here.

Following Bedford Borough Councils latest Call for Sites a list of all sites for Oakley Parish can be found here (http://edrms.bedford.gov.uk/PlanningBrowse.aspx?id=xayuVp7xX0ZxsXb9nymGvw%3d%3d). As you will see, the number of potential sites has increased from 8 to 13 sites.

We continue to work on the Neighbourhood Development Plan and policies that will reflect the results of the launch event, the questionnaire and housing needs survey. Draft proposals will be presented to the Parish Council in September for their comments. We aim to publish these proposals in the Autumn and we will then ask for your views on the draft proposals.

Further updates will appear here and in the Oakley Newsletter.

Oakley SPA