Stantonbury Neighbourhood Plan

Current Position, March 2021


Referendum Information, 6 May 2021

A Referendum relating to the adoption of the Stantonbury Neighbourhood Plan will be held on Thursday, 6th May 2021

The question which will be asked in the Referendum is:

'Do you want Milton Keynes Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Stantonbury 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 Stantonbury.

Residential Referendum

A person is entitled to vote in the Residential Referendum if, on 6th May 2021:

  • 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 £2,852.880.

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 Stantonbury Neighbourhood Plan and the planning system in general.

The specified documents can be viewed here:


If you have any questions, you can:

• Call us on: 01908 691691 between Monday to Friday (10:00 – 17:15)

• E-mail us at, or

• Go to the Planning Policy pages of the website:


April 2020

The referendum relating to the adoption of the Stantonbury Neighbourhood Plan, which was due to be held on Thursday 7th May 2020, has been postponed as a consequence of the coronavirus outbreak.  

This postponement has been confirmed through The Local Government and Police and Crime Commissioner (Coronavirus) (Postponement of Elections and Referendums) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020.  These regulations exercise powers vested in the Secretary of State, via the Coronavirus Act, to postpone and defer referendums due to be held between 7 May 2020 and 5 May 2021. The Act and Regulations provide that any neighbourhood plan referendums arising in the above period are deferred until Thursday 6 May 2021.  However, the Secretary of State does have the power to lay further regulations allowing for an earlier commencement.


February 2020

Decision statement following receipt of Examiner's report

Following the receipt of the Examiner's report following the re-examination of the Neighbourhood Plan, Milton Keynes Council has decided that the plan, as modified, should proceed to a referendum. 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: 

Stantonbury Examiner’s Report (PDF, 221KB)

Neighbourhood Planning Officer Decision (PDF, 176KB)


January 2020

A further examination has been deemed necessary to examine policies SNP14, SNP16 and SNP17 of the Stantonbury Neighbourhood Plan.  Mr Andrew Ashcroft has been appointed to carry out the examination.

The Council notified individuals and organisations who made comments on the submitted Stantonbury Neighbourhood Plan and statutory bodies.  The following responses were received during the consultation period:

Anglian Water (PDF, 67KB)

Historic England (PDF, 65KB)

Natural England (PDF, 67KB)

Milton Keynes Council (Housing) (PDF, 69KB)

November 2019

The Stantonbury Neighbourhood Plan Examiner's report was received in June 2019.  The Examiner, in his report, has recommended that policies SNP14, SNP16 and SNP17 should be deleted from the Plan.

Milton Keynes Council has considered the Examiner’s report and accepts all of the recommendations apart from those relating to policies SNP14, SNP16 & SNP17.  In the Council’s view, these policies are capable of being amended in order to overcome the Examiner’s concerns and to meet the basic conditions.  The Council proposes to retain policies SNP14, SNP16 and SNP17 with modifications.

As Milton Keynes Council is proposing to take a different decision to that recommended by the Examiner with regard to the deletion of policies SNP14, SNP16 & SNP17, 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 made comments on the submitted Stantonbury Neighbourhood Plan and statutory bodies 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 policies SNP14, SNP16 & SNP17 (PDF, 718KB)

Stantonbury Neighbourhood Plan Decision Statement on the Examiner’s Report (PDF, 889KB)

Examiner’s Report (PDF, 375KB)

The proposed decision to retain policies SNP14, SNP16 & SNP17 is available for comments for 8 weeks from Wednesday 20 November, 2019 to Wednesday 15 January 2020.  Any comments on the proposed decision must be received at the following address before 5pm on Wednesday 15 January 2020.

By post to:


Milton Keynes Council

Civic Offices

1 Saxon Gate East

Central Milton Keynes



July 2019

 The Council has received the Examiner’s report on the Stantonbury Neighbourhood Plan.

Examiner’s report on the Stantonbury Neighbourhood Plan (PDF, 375KB)

March 2019

Following the publicity period on the submitted Stantonbury Neighbourhood Plan, Milton Keynes Council has appointed Nigel McGurk  to conduct an examination of the Neighbourhood Plan.  The examiner’s main role is to ensure that the neighbourhood plan meets the basic conditions and is able to proceed to referendum.

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 raised a number of questions on the Plan which can be seen here: Examiners Questions (PDF, 96KB).

Stantonbury Parish Council and Milton Keynes Council’s response to the examiner’s questions can be seen here: Response to Examiners Questions (PDF, 1.4MB).

Comments received during publicity period

Anglian Water (PDF, 68KB)

National Grid (PDF, 100KB)

Natural England (PDF, 374KB)

Chris Lloyd (PDF, 69KB)

Emma Wilson (PDF, 66KB)

Mrs McBride (PDF, 71KB)

Adam Taylor (PDF, 72KB)

Marshall MK AC (PDF, 70KB)

David Lock Associates (PDF, 553KB)

Canal & River Trust (PDF, 65KB)

CMYK on behalf of MK Nominees Ltd and Taylor Wimpey (South Midlands) Ltd (PDF, 351KB)

Jane Hudson (PDF, 76KB)

Milton Keynes Council (Housing) (PDF, 107KB)

Kevin & Christine Smith (PDF, 80KB)

Gareth Williams (PDF, 72KB)

J Chawla (PDF, 76KB)

Rebecca Williams (PDF, 101KB)

Lawrence Morgan (PDF, 71KB)

Jake Taylor (PDF, 71KB)


Submitted Neighbourhood Plan documents: 

Stantonbury Neighbourhood Plan (PDF, 12.9MB)

Addendum A – Local Green Space Designation Assessments (PDF, 118KB)

Addendum B – Neighbourhood Plan Policy Map (JPG, 9.3MB)

Basic Conditions Statement (PDF, 916KB)

Consultation Statement (PDF, 8.5MB)

Consultation Statement Appendices (PDF, 8.5MB)


Previous Stages

For information about previous stages please click Previous Stages of Stantonbury Neighbourhood Plan.


Last Updated: 5 March 2021