Castlethorpe Neighbourhood Plan

Current Position

July 2020

Following the publicity period on the submitted Modifications to the Castlethorpe Neighbourhood Plan, Milton Keynes Council has appointed Andrew Ashcroft  to conduct an examination of the Neighbourhood Plan.  The examiner’s main role is to ensure that the neighbourhood plan meets the basic conditions.

Should the examiner consider that a hearing is required as part of the examination then further information and arrangements for that will appear on this web page.

The examiner has set out his route map for undertaking the examination which can be seen here (PDF, 172KB).

The examiner has prepared a clarification note which can be seen here (PDF, 165KB).

Milton Keynes Council’s response to the examiner’s clarification note can be seen here (PDF, 418KB)

Castlethorpe Parish Council’s response to the examiner’s clarification note can be seen here (PDF, 166KB)

Comments received during publicity period

Natural England (PDF, 82KB) 

Avison Young on behalf of National Grid (PDF, 49KB)

Canal & River Trust (PDF, 80KB) 

Network Rail (PDF, 115KB) 

Jackie Palman (PDF, 62KB) 

Anglian Water (PDF, 109KB) 

Martin Gallop (PDF, 61KB) 

Sarah Grocott (PDF, 68KB) 

Kirkby Diamond on behalf of Mrs J Markham (PDF, 6.1MB)

Phillips Planning Services on behalf of Keynes Investments Ltd (PDF, 428KB)

May 2020

Castlethorpe Parish Council submitted the Modifications to the Castlethorpe Neighbourhood Plan to Milton Keynes Council on 27 April, 2020.

In accordance with Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations, 2012, Milton Keynes Council is now publicising the submitted Modifications to the Neighbourhood Plan and its accompanying documents for eight weeks from Friday 22nd May 2020 to 5pm on Friday 17th July 2020.

The Publicity Summary Statement (PDF, 176KB) provides more information about the plan and the consultation arrangements.

The Submitted Modifications to the Neighbourhood Plan and its accompanying documents can be found as follows:

Castlethorpe Neighbourhood Plan (PDF, 4.7MB)

Basic conditions Statement (PDF, 1.5MB)

Consultation Statement (PDF, 200KB)

Modification Statement (PDF, 244KB)

Modification Proposal (PDF, 157KB)

LGS Evidence Report (PDF, 315KB)

Following the publicity period, an independent examiner will be appointed to consider the neighbourhood plan and any comments received during the consultation.  The examiner will decide if the plan and its policies meet the basic conditions that all neighbourhood plans must comply with and whether the modifications change the nature of the plan.  Where material modifications do not change the nature of the plan (and the examiner finds that the proposal meets the basic conditions, or would with further modifications), a referendum is not required. In this case, the local planning authority will proceed to adopt the modified Plan.


Making comments

Any comments on the submitted Modifications to the Castlethorpe Neighbourhood Plan must be received at the following address before 5pm on Friday 17th July 2020

By post to:  Neighbourhood Planning, c/o UDLA, Milton Keynes Council, Civic Offices, 1 Saxon Gate East, Milton Keynes, MK9 3EJ

By email to:

Please be aware that all comments that we receive will be publicly available and may be included on our website.


November 2017

Following the successful referendum held on 21st September, 2017, the Castlethorpe Neighbourhood Plan was made part of the Development Plan by Milton Keynes Council on 18th October 2017.

The Full Council report relating to this is available to view at:

The made Castlethorpe Neighbourhood Plan is available here:  
Made Castlethorpe Neighbourhood Plan (PDF, 4.7MB)

The Decision Statement is available here:
Decision Statement Castlethorpe NP Sept 2017 (PDF, 48KB)

Updated Castlethorpe Neighbourhood Plan for Full Council, 18 October 2017

In the run up to the referendum, a drafting error in the Neighbourhood Plan was brought to our attention. An addendum note was publicised on the website and in a note available at the polling stations on referendum day. The error has been corrected in the final version of the Neighbourhood Plan which will be made by Full Council on 18th October, 2017.  

To correct the error, two changes have been made to the Neighbourhood Plan, namely the deletion of Gobbeys Field as one of a number of Local Green Spaces referred to in the Vision and in Objective 4.

The final version of the plan can be seen here: Final version of Castlethorpe Neighbourhood Plan (PDF, 4.7MB)

September 2017

At the referendum on the neighbourhood plan that took place on 21st September 2017, 336 of the votes cast were in favour of the Neighbourhood Plan being made part of the Development Plan for Milton Keynes and 26 were against. The turnout was 43.24%.

A report will now go to Cabinet on 3 October and then to Full Council on 18th October, 2017 recommending that Milton Keynes Council makes the Castlethorpe Neighbourhood Plan part of the Development Plan for Milton Keynes and use it when considering planning proposals within the Castlethorpe parish area. 

Castlethorpe Neighbourhood Plan - Addendum

The intention of this note is to clarify the position with regard to Gobbeys Field, which is not designated as a Local Green Space in the Castlethorpe Neighbourhood Plan.

It has been brought to our attention that there is an error in the referendum version of the Castlethorpe Neighbourhood Plan that has been published for the referendum, due to take place on 21st September, 2017.

Although Gobbeys Field is not designated as a Local Green Space, there remain 2 references in the Neighbourhood Plan that suggest that it has been designated as such. These references are in the Vision and in Objective 4. The only Local Green Spaces designated in the Castlethorpe Neighbourhood Plan are Castle Field; Recreation Ground; and South Street Paddock

August 2017

Referendum information

A Referendum relating to the adoption of the Castlethorpe Neighbourhood Plan will be held on Thursday 21 September 2017.

The question which will be asked in the Referendum is:

 'Do you want Milton Keynes Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Castlethorpe to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?'

The Referendum area is identified on the map within the Information Statement which is available below. This is the same as the designated Neighbourhood Plan area for Castlethorpe.

Residential Referendum

A person is entitled to vote in the Residential Referendum if, on 21 September 2017:

  • he or she is entitled to vote in a local government election in the referendum area and
  • his or her qualifying address for the election is in the Referendum area. A person’s qualifying address is, in relation to a person registered in the register of electors, the address in respect of which he or she is entitled to be so registered. 

Referendum expenses

The Referendum expenses limit that will apply to this Referendum is £2,411.

The Referendum will be conducted in accordance with procedures which are similar to those used at local government elections.

Specified documents

A number of "specified documents" have to be published for the Referendum. These provide information about the Castlethorpe Neighbourhood Plan and the planning system in general.

The specified documents can be viewed here:

A copy of the specified documents may also be viewed in person at the following deposit points:

  • Milton Keynes Council, Civic Offices, 1, Saxon Gate East, Central Milton Keynes.

Open Monday to Friday between the hours 8.45am - 4.45pm. Please ask for the Planning Enquiries team.

  • Wolverton Library, between the hours of Tuesday to Friday 10am to 5pm and Saturday 10am to 1pm.
  • Olney Library, High Street, Olney
    Open Tuesday 1pm - 5:30pm, Wednesday to Thursday 10am - 2:30pm, Friday 1pm - 5:30pm, and Saturday 10am - 1pm.
  • Milton Keynes Central Library, 555 Silbury Boulevard, Central Milton Keynes, Milton Keynes MK9 3HL.
    Open Monday to Wednesday and Friday 9am-6pm, Thursday 9am-8pm, Saturday 9am -5pm, Sunday 11am-2pm.


Decision statement following receipt of Examiner's report

Following the receipt of the Examiner's report following the re-examination of the Neighbourhood Plan on Local Green Space matters, Milton Keynes Council has decided that the plan, as modified, should proceed to a referendum on 21 September 2017. Further information about the referendum will follow shortly. The Examiner's report and the Council's Decision Statement, including the modifications to be made to the Plan, can be viewed by following the links below: 

Castlethorpe Examiner's Report (PDF, 645KB)

Neighbourhood Planning Officer Decision (DOCX, 25KB)


The Castlethorpe Neighbourhood Plan Examiner's report was received in July 2016. The Examiner, in his report, has recommended that the proposal in Policy 5 of  the Neighbourhood Plan to designate Gobbey’s Field as a Local Green Space should be deleted from the Plan, for the main reason that the Parish Council had not provided adequate evidence to support the proposed designation.

Milton Keynes Council has considered the Examiner’s report and accepts all of the recommendations apart from the one in respect of the Gobbey’s Field Local Green Space designation. The reason for taking this view is that further evidence has been provided by Castlethorpe Parish Council as to the value and significance of Gobbey’s Field to the local community.

As Milton Keynes Council is proposing to take a different decision on the Gobbey’s Field designation to that recommended by the Examiner, it must now notify certain people and organisations, as required by Regulation 17A of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as introduced by Regulation 2 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) and Development Management Procedure (Amendment) Regulations, 2016). Individuals and organisations who have either made comments on the submitted Castlethorpe Neighbourhood Plan or who have been previously consulted on the draft Plan are being notified of the Council’s proposed decision.

There are a number of documents that the Council is publishing in support of this proposed decision, these are available on the links below:

Consultation statement on proposed decision to retain the Gobbey's Field Local Green Space designation  (PDF, 889KB)

Supporting Evidence: Gobbey's Field Usage Survey results, September 2016  (PDF, 175KB)

Supporting Evidence: Survey form (PDF, 254KB)

Supporting Evidence: Letter from the Duck Race and Dog Show  (PDF, 32KB)

Castlethorpe Neighbourhood Plan Decision Statement on the Examiner's report, October 2016  (PDF, 129KB)

Examiner's Report, July 2016  (PDF, 584KB)


The Gobbey’s Field Local Green Space proposed decision is available for comments for 6 weeks from Wednesday 19 October, 2016 to Wednesday 30 November 2016.  Any comments on the proposed decision must be received by the Development Plans Team at the following address before 5pm on Wednesday 30 November 2016.

By post to:

Development Plans Team

Milton Keynes Council

Civic Offices

1 Saxon Gate East

Central Milton Keynes


By e-mail to:


Update, March 2017

Following consultation on the proposed decision on Castlethorpe Neighbourhood Plan Examiner’s report, October 2016. A further examination has been deemed necessary and Mrs Rosemary Kidd has been appointed to carry out the examination of Castlethorpe Neighbourhood Plan.

In the interests of openness and transparency, all representations received and correspondence between the Independent Examiner, Local Planning Authority and Qualifying Body are published below;




Natural England



No objection – Based on the plans submitted, Natural England considers that the proposed inclusion of Gobbey’s Field and Local Green Space will not have significant adverse impacts on protected landscapes or species and has no objection.

Cerda representation




Cerda Planning representation on behalf of Keynes Investments Ltd (PDF, 695KB)


Historic places




Thank you for notifying us of the consultation regarding the proposed inclusion of Gobbey’s Field as a local green space within the Castlethorpe Neighbourhood Plan. I am happy to confirm that this does not alter our opinion that the plan meets the basic conditions and should proceed to referendum.

Edwards Duthie



Letter to Milton Keynes Council (PDF, 71KB)

Council of Faiths



No comment from the Council of Faiths.

Castlethorpe Parish Council


Submitted documents;

Review by Castlethorpe Parish Council of Cerda visit report of November 2016 for Gobbey’s Field, Castlethorpe (PDF, 489KB)

Photograph 1 (JPG, 929KB)

Photograph 2 (JPG, 101KB)

Photograph 3 (JPG, 29KB)

No 5 Counsel Opinion

No 5 Counsel Opinion (PDF, 546KB)




Castlethorpe Neighbourhood Plan submitted, February 2016 

Castlethorpe Parish Council has submitted the Castlethorpe Neighbourhood Plan to Milton Keynes Council following two rounds of public consultation on a draft version of the Neighbourhood Plan. Milton Keynes Council now has to publicise the Plan to bring it to the attention of interested parties. The Castlethorpe Neighbourhood Plan is therefore being published for comments for 6 weeks from: Wednesday 2 March to Wednesday 13 April 2016.

For more information about the Castlethorpe Neighbourhood Plan, the submission stage and how to make comments please see the Publicity Stage Information Sheet (PDF, 87KB)

The submission documents provided by Castlethorpe Parish Council are the:

Submission version of the Castlethorpe Neighbourhood Plan (PDF, 4.3MB)

The Consultation Statement (PDF, 535KB) and Annex B, the Parish Survey  (PDF, 644KB)

The Basic Conditions Statement (PDF, 1.1MB)

Making comments

If you wish to make comments on the submitted Castlethorpe Neighbourhood Plan, these must be received by the Development Plans Team at the following address, by 5pm on Wednesday 13 April, 2016. 

By post at: 

Development Plans Team, Milton Keynes Council, 

Civic Offices
1 Saxon Gate East
Central Milton Keynes

By e-mail at:


Previous stages in the neighbourhood plan process 

On 28 May 2013, the area put forward by Castlethorpe Parish Council in their Neighbourhood Plan Area Application was designated as a Neighbourhood Plan Area.

The name of the Neighbourhood Area is: Castlethorpe Neighbourhood Area.

A map of the designated area can be viewed at Castlethorpe Neighbourhood Area Map (PDF, 1.6MB)


The application and a statement explaining why and how Castlethorpe Parish Council intends to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan, and how the organisation and area meet the conditions of Section 61G(2) and 61F(5) of the Town And Country Planning Act, 1990 can be viewed at:

Castlethorpe Neighbourhood Plan Application (PDF, 756KB)

In accordance with Regulation 6 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 Milton Keynes Council consulted residents and other interested stakeholders on this application. The Consultation ran for a 6 week period from Monday 4 March 2013 to Monday 15 April 2013. A copy of the consultation statement can be viewed at the link below.

Castlethorpe Neighbourhood Area Application Consultation Statement (PDF, 16KB)

Last Updated: 28 August 2020