Astwood and Hardmead Neighbourhood Plan publicity period


In March 2021, Astwood & Hardmead Parish Council submitted its Neighbourhood Plan to Milton Keynes Council.  The Plan is now being published in accordance with Regulation 15 of the Neighbourhood Plans (General) Regulations 2012.

This is the final stage to make comments on the Plan.  The Plan and its supporting documents are available to view at:

Any comments on the Plan at this stage (including those from members of the public and other organisations) will be passed to an independent person (“the Examiner”) to consider when he or she is examining the Plan.  The Examiner will consider whether the Plan:

  • Meet the basic conditions, i.e. conforms with national planning policy and local strategic policies; would result in sustainable development and meets the requirements of European regulations for protecting the environment and for Human Rights;
  • Satisfy the legal requirements for neighbourhood plans; and
  • Identifies an appropriate area for the referendum.

As part of this process, the Examiner will decide if the Plan should proceed to the Referendum stage.  At this stage, local residents will have the opportunity to vote on whether the plan should be ‘made’ and used by Milton Keynes Council when deciding planning applications in the area that it covers.


Statutory publicity period for Neighbourhood Plan prior to examination.