Nampak/ Parklands Phase 4.5 - Taylor Wimpey has now made application for the final phases of this development. They propose a further 157 dwellings and once again a high proportion of flats and tall blocks which is not the mix Woburn Sands needs. The Society opposes application and ...
SE Plan revoked with effect from the 25th March - Finally the statutory instrument necassary to revoke the SE Plan has been laid before Parliament. It will come into effect on the 25th March 2013. Two policies have been retained, neither of which affect the Milton Keynes or WSDS area.
The East of En...
Updated Main modification consultation to MK Core Strategy - Following the examination in July, the Inspector provided the modifications she required to make the Core Strategy Sound and Legal. These the council have incorporated, and are now consulting prior to final approval and adoption.
However we have now ...
Central Bedfordshire Core Strategy Consultation - Central Bedfordshire Council has published its pre-submission Core Strategy for consultation. The deadline is the 25th Febuary. The documents can be found at http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/planning/strategic-planning/consultation-and-news.aspx
MK Core Strategy changes that affect the SE of the area - Changes to the Core Strategy
Wednesday 12th December 7pm – 9pm.
Memorial Hall, High Street, Woburn Sands.
The Core Strategy is an important document which sets out the aims, objectives and actions for the council in relation to future...
Aspley Guise Local Green Space Consultation - Central Bedfordshire in its draft Core Strategy proposed Local Green Space designation for an area of particular importance to Aspley Guise in terms of village landscape setting, historical significance and wildlife that is not currently protected by gree...
MKC Development Framework Consultation - Milton Keynes Council has recently carried out a consultation on the draft development framework for the Strategic Reserve Areas south of the A421, including the proposal for the developers to site the secondary school on land west of the A5130 rather tha...
Storey Homes Update - 12/01502/OUT
Storey Homes have made application again to develop 110 homes at Deethe Farm. The application was refused last time round and they did not appeal. Currently this application would not be in accordance with the submission draft Core Strateg...
Reminder - Storrey Homes - Just a reminder that the deadline for objection to the Storrey Homes planning application for 100+ homes is Friday 21st September email:- Nicola.Wheatcroft@milton-keynes.gov.uk
Covanta Update - The development consent order granted by the IPC takes the form of a statutory order, and therefore needed to go through parliamentary process. Following petitions by CBC and the 25 Town and Parish Councils, the CBC petition will be considered by a joint ...
Milton Keynes Core Strategy Examination - Milton Keynes Core Strategy will be examined in July, and the Planning Inspector has provided a list of Matters and Issues to be addressed during that examination. The Society has provided position statements in respect of the matters raised and a copy o...
Reminder WSDS AGM 30 May - Just a reminder that WSDS AGM is on the 30th May commencing at 7.30pm at the Ellen Petit Memorial Hall. All members welcome.
Government does not abolish Regional Spatial Strategies - The Government has still taken no action to introduce secondary legislation to abolish the Regional Spatial Strategies, reneging on its coalition agreement. The environmental assessments of the proposed abolition were published for consultation in Octobe...
Nampak Phase 4 and 5 - There will be an exhibition at the Summerlin Hall by Taylor Wimpey in respect of their proposals for the next phases of the development. Please ensure that you attend and give your views on these proposal.
Friday 20th April 2pm to 8pm
Saturday 21st ...
National Planning Policy Framework - The National Planning Policy Framework with its presumption in favour of sustainable development, was published on the 25th March 2012, and came into immediate effect, replacing all national planning policy statements and guidance and much more. These ar...
New Central Bedfordshire Core Strategy - Central Bedfordshire (North), following examination, adopted its Core Strategy in November 2009 and the Site Allocation Local Development Framework was examined and adopted in 2010/11 covering the period up to 2026.
However following the withdrawal o...
Inexpensive Progress Report from NT RSPB and CPRE - As you will recall the espoused Localism agenda and then the draft National Planning Policy Framework, became economically driven by the Government’s view that building houses would solve the UK’s economic slow down following the banking crash – ignor...
Greens Hotel Update - As members will be aware . The application to develop Greens Hotel into a mixed nursing and closed care facility was successful at appeal subject to the move of the Bowls Club to Common Farm in Aspley Guise. An application for extension of time in May 20...
Milton Keynes Informal Consultation on SE expansion proposal - Milton Keynes Coucil will be carrying out informal consultation on draft proposals for the proposed urban extension on the south-eastern edge of Milton Keynes at Glebe and Eagle Farm and including the 9hole Golf Course, Clubhouse and field, north of Lower...
Zen and Tesco Express news - It has been confirmed that Tesco intends to open a Tesco Express at the site of the current Zen restaurant site. There is no necessity for a planning application in respect of Change of Use, but there will be planning applications in respect of minor chan...
Covanta decision - The Infrastructure Planning Commission published its decision on the Covanta Energy from Waste Application in October. Unfortunately even though it recognised that this was opposed by planning authorities, town and parish councils over a wide area, and n...
National Planning Policy Framework - We would strongly reccomend that you consider this document in detail at:
We have now done so, and the society's representation is in the Representations and Doc...
Submission MK Core Strategy Update - See below for a further change to the submission core strategy. Basically in addition to the Strategic Reserve Areas at Wavendon of Glebe Farm and Eagle Farm, they are incorporating the land between the two farms north of Lower End Road. Below are the lin...
Woburn Sands Library News - With Taylor Wimpey providing in advance S106 money from Phase 3 of the Nampak development, the library will move to the Institute around December 2011 following renovation and kitting out, opening in 2012. MK Council and WS Council have entered into a 2...
Announcement - It is with regret that the Society must announce that Willis Cuttell has resigned as Chairman, and Committee Member of the Society for personal reasons. Willis has provided invaluable service to the Society in both roles for over 20 years, actively par...
Covanta Consultation closed - The consultation and examination process closed on the 15th July. Unfortunately the relevent National Policy Statements EN1 and 3 were finalised and therefore it is the soon to be abolished IPC who will decide this application,the first they had accepted...
Storey Homes application refused - A the MK meeting on the 14th July, the planning application by Storey Homes was unanimously refused. So it is now a case of waiting to see if Storey Homes appeal that decision. Watch this space.
Storey Homes update - Storey Homes homes have now made outline planning application in respect of their proposal to site 102 dwellings on what is designated open country side at Deethe Farm. The application details can been seen at the MK on line application web site under app...
Covanta Updated - The deadline for detailed representation is now passed. Additional documents were submitted, and the deadline for comments on these and other representations was by the 28th March. Following this the IPC raised questions and further documents were submitt...
Greens Hotel Update - You will remember that application was made to move the Bowls Club to Aspley Guise, and then turn hotel and part of the land into a care home. The two are interdependent.
Application has now been made to Milton Keynes Council to extend the permission ...
Examination of MK Core Strategy postponed - Following a recent judgement in another authority area, the Public Examination of the MK Submission Core Strategy has been postponed. It was to have commenced on the 5th July. A legal technical issue has to be addressed before it can be rescheduled.
Newsflash Updated - Regional Spatial Strategies - As we advised in July, the new coalition government revoked the Regional Spatial Strategies (RSS) and their top down housing targets. However this was then challenged by Cala Homes and declared unlawful. Therefore the Regional Spatial Strategies remain ...
Covanta Update on application for permit - Covanta Energy Limited have made an application to the Environment Agency for a permit for the Incineration of Non Hazardous Waste.
which is subject to consultation. Whilst...
Storey Homes Proposal for Woburn Sands development - Storey Homes held a meeting with WS Town Council and Wavendon Parish Council to explain and consult in respect of their proposal that some 7.5 hectares of land consisting of three fields east of Cranfield Road, and one field west of Cranfield Road, betwe...
Milton Keynes Council draft Local Transport Plan - MK draft Local Transport Plan (LTP3) was published for consultation in November and can be found here.
Unfortunately we were not aware of this until recently. However we have conside...
Central Bedfordshire Draft Local Transport Plan - Central Bedfordshire Draft Local Transport Plan (LTP3) was published on the Council web site on the 6th January for consultation until the 3rd February with little if any local notification. This can be found here
CBC(North) Site Allocation DPD Update - The Society represents communities on both sides of the Beds Bucks Border, and is fully cognisant that what happens in one impacts on the other.
We have now received a copy of the Planning Inspectors report on the Central Bedfordshire (North) Site Al...
Covanta update following January Pre-Hearing Meeting - Following the publication of the Covanta application, invitation to register an interest and pre-hearing in January, the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) has announced the timetable for the review of Covanta’s proposals and also released a series ...
Woburn Sands Library Update - Below is a letter sent to all WS residents following the meeting on the 18th January. You will find the information sheet the documents and representations section of the Home Page of the web site.
Woburn Sands Library – Update from Cllr David Hopkins...
Press Release - Woburn Sands Library - "Whilst extremely regrettable the leaked information about Library closures in Milton Keynes did not come as a surprise to Woburn Sands Town Council. Sadly such closures are inevitable all over the country following the government’s financial cut backs. W...
CBC(north) Site Allocation Submission document Update - Site Allocation Submission Document was published in January 2010 for consultation prior to examination by the Planning Inspectorate. Later after the consultation period had ended CBC published changes to the Technical Report Document, which though state...
Covanta Update on Registration - Registration to have your say on the Covanta application has now commenced on the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) web site with a closing date of the 19th November. Copy and paste this link
Covanta - Energy from Waste IPC Application - An American Firm, Covanta has made an accepted application to the Infrastructure Planning Commission (soon to be abolished) for a very large Waste Facility and Mechanical Waste Recovery at Rookery Pit South, Martson Mortaine. Due to its size this applicat...
Draft Core Strategy review update - news on MKSEDA - On the 8th June MK Council resolved to review its draft submission Core Strategy “ so that it may be amended to truly reflect the democratic local wishes of those people that represent the people and Borough of Milton Keynes” also opposing the South West...
Nampak Appeal Decision - Nampak Appeal on Application for Phase 3, and Outline Application for Phase 4,5 &6 has been recieved. The Phase 3 application appeal has been allowed subject to conditions. The Outline application for the remainder of the site appeal has been dismissed.
MK Residents Consulted on form Local Government - MKC residents are being consulted on what type of Council leadership model they wish to have.
A leader elected by the council or a mayor with executive powers elected by the electorate of MK
The consultation can be found here
Revokation of Regional Spatial Strategies and Guidance - The Secretary of State has announced that the Regional Spatial Strategies (including the MK and SM Sub Regional Strategy) are revoked under s79(6) of the Local Democracy Develoment and Construction Act 2009. He has also provided guidance to Local PLanning...
Mark Lancaster Debate on the Abolition of the RSSs - Mark Lancaster MP for MK North was successfull in obtaining an adjournment debate on the abolition of the RSS in particular its implications for MK and the surrounding area, at which MPs raised issues and questions for answer by Minister Bob Neill MP fro...
Newsflash Cllr David Hopkins motion to MKC passed - Cllr David Hopkins’ motion was passed at the MK Council meeting last night, by 25 to 21 votes, with amendments - the final motion has been copied into a Word document- with comment and uploaded into the documents library under Milton Keynes SEDA. However ...
SE Expansion of MK a Motion to Council on the 8th June 2010 - Councillor David Hopkins will be putting the motion below to Milton Keynes Council, which the Society strongly supports. Please try and attend and provide support if you can.
Growth of Milton Keynes Councillor Hopkins
“1. That this Council welco...
Milton Keynes SE Development Area News Updated - MK Expansion - South East Development Area – Joint Cross Boundary Consensus
In January Milton Keynes Council and Central Bedfordshire Council set up a meeting with landowners and agents in respect of the proposed south east extension of Milton Keynes...
Nampak Appeal - As previously advised Messrs Taylor Wimpey have appealed Milton Keynes Council's refusal to allow their 2 planning applications for Phase 3 of the site, and outline planning permission for the remainder of the site.
The Appeal will be heard in public ...
Milton Keynes Submission Core Strategy - Milton Keynes Submission Core Strategy Update
Milton Keynes Council originally consulted on the Issues and Options in respect of the MK Core Strategy in 2006/7. The Society made on line representation at the time, and this may be found in the represent...
Sandy Mount Woburn Sands Planning Application updated - There has been an application to convert and considerably extend Sandy Mount on Station Road – linking it to the already extended Burlington Hall, to provide 12 nursing care units and 50 dependent living units. Members will no doubt remember the demoliti...
CBC (North) LDF Site Allocation Submission Document - Central Bedfordshire (North)LDF Site Allocation Submission documents have been published for consultation . They are the documents labelled Draft Site Allocations DPD on the web page at http://www.talktocentralbedfordshire.co.uk/info/pre-submission.htm C...
Milton Keynes Proposed Boundary Changes - News Item updated January 2010
Councillor Crooks and Councilor Geary put forward a motion to MK Cabinet on the 27th October which was, we are advised, passed. Needless to say this is a unilateral MK Council proposal, and the views of neither Aylesbury ...
Woburn Sands Conservation Review - Milton Keynes Council has consulted on a review of the Woburn Sands Conservation Area. The deadline has been extended to the 1st February due to lack of response.
The document can be found here.
DCLG planning document consultation - The Society monitors the DCLG planning document web site, for consultation on planning documents, making representation where appropriate.
These documents can be found at:
Towergate Planning application - A planning application has been submitted
Application no: 09/02263/FUL
Erection of a two story manufacturing facility (use class B2) for the manufacture of pastry/bakery products with external car parking, HGV Service yard and associated works – Sit...
Nampak Applications Refused - MKC have refused both applications by Messrs George Wimpey in respect of the Nampak Site Phase 3, 4/5. It is very likely that there will be an appeal so the battle is very far from won. See the Document library for the refusal letter giving reasons for ...
EERA 4 options Consultation - East of England Regional Plan Review
EERA is currently consulting on 4 options for growth as part of its review of the East of Englan Plan, published in May 2008 covering the period 2001 to 2021. Deadline 24th November
The current EE ...
Mid Bedforshire Core Stategy - Mid Bedfordshire Core Strategy Update
The final Planning Inspectors Report, following Examination, has been received and can be found at http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/environment-and-planning/planning/ldf/ldf-north-area/north-ldf-core-strategy-...
DCLG planning changes for consultation - The Department of Communities and Local Government, in June and at the end of July (holiday season of course) issued a number of planning change documents for consultation, which we are currently considering. Of note that this was following what is referr...
Nampak Update October 09 - Nampak Update
It must be remembered that the agreed Local Plan set out the parameters for the development of this 14.73ha site inclusive of the former Mayer Perry site. Namely:
0.5ha community facilities
NHPAU July 2009 Report - You will recall the Government setting up the National Housing and Planning Advise Unit in 2007. The Government felt that the Regional Plans were not delivering enough total houses across the Regions. At the same time announcing that Regional Assemblies w...
Published SE Plan - The Published South East Plan
The final South East Plan was published in May 2009 following consultation on the Secretary of State’s proposed changes. This document replaces the policies MKAV in Part B of the MK&SM Sub Regional Strategy and Part A stat...
Regional Assembly Reorganisation - Background
In 2006/8 the Government proposed to abolish the non elected Regional Assemblies by 2010 replacing them with non elected government funded Regional Development Agencies and these agencies would be charged with producing a new integrated Region...
East of England Regional Assembly Draft Implementation Plan - In April 2009, the East of England Regional Assembly published its draft Implementation Plan for consultation, in respect of the published East of England Plan. This may be found at
A briefing note on th...
Mid Bedfordshire Core Strategy - Submission document consultation & examination - Mid Bedfordshire has published its draft submission document of the Core Strategy, Technical Documents and Settlement Envelope Reviews. Having considered this WSDS has made representation prior to the deadline of the 24th November 2008. Uploaded to docum...
Milton Keynes Partnership to hold public meeting on 2nd June in Woburn Sands - Milton Keynes Partnership will be holding it's June Board Meeting in Woburn Sands and there will be a public meeting commencing at 3.0pm at the Memorial Hall in Woburn Sands. The purpose of this public meeting has not been provided but members who wish ma...
East West Rail Link - The East West Rail link Consortium has published a discussion paper on the options they are considering for the eastern side of the East West Rail Link, from Milton Keynes eastwards towards Cambridge etc. Whilst the Society is supportive of the concept o...
Mr Menday appeal of planning refusal for Greens Hotel successful - We are sorry to advise that Mr Menday has been successful in his appeal against planning application refusal for the conversion and extension of Greens Hotel to a 50 bed nursing home and 36 close care apartments with 53 car parking spaces – so much for ...
Marston Vale eco town developers have withdrawn from the progamme - O & H Properties announced on the 6th February that they were withdrawing from the Eco Town Programme. They state that Sustainable Development would be best achieved through the plan led system. See a copy of O & H Properties press release in the represe...
East of England Regional Scale Settlement Study - On Friday the 16th January, the East of England Regional Assembly published the report they commissioned in respect of Regional sized Settlement Study by Arup - whilst not a consultation document yet, this study is based on if or where "new regional settl...
Milton Keynes Strategic Flood Risk Assessment - Milton Keynes Strategic Flood Risk Assessment by Messrs Halcrow was finally released to the public on the 19th September.
The main report can be found at
if you cop...
Menday application to turn Greens Hotel into Closed Care Apartments and Nursing Home - Mr Menday has submitted a new application in respect of converting and extending Greens Hotel in Woburn Sands to a Care Apartment and Nursing Home complex. The changes to the original application are minimal. In addition Mr Menday has appealed the refusa...
Marston Mortain Eco Town Proposal - action group web site - Add this web site http://www.mmetag.com/ to your favourites to keep up to date with the Marston Mortain eco town proposal, and in addition to the Society, make your individual voices heard - both in the web site petition, by e-mail or by joining in demo...
Second Round of Consultation on Eco-towns draft Planning Policy and Sustainability Appraisal - The second round consultation on the Governments Eco towns draft planning policy has commenced finishing on the 19th February. The documents being consulted on were released on the eco town web site on the 4th November two days before two roadshows were h...
Archive Photo Gallery - work is ongoing in uploading a substantial part of WSDS archive of the area. This is a work in progress. - BACKGROUND
Mr and Mrs Tagg, residents of Aspley Guise, and members of the society built, indexed and catalogued a substantial photographic and post card archive of the local area. A phenomenal piece of work, that was very much a part of their total commi...
Update on the Draft South East Plan and the Changes the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government wants to make following Consultation, which ends on the 24th October 2008 - On the 17th July the Secretary of State published three documents, including her proposed changes to the Draft South East Regional Spatial Strategy (RSS), following the Panel Report, which followed the Examination in Public of the Draft Plan. Of the two d...
ECO TOWNS UPDATE – the ten remaining eco town bids faced Session 2 of the eco town challenge in July 2008, followed by Department CLG's update reports. See Documents and Representations section for summary of these papers -
PM Petition on Marston Mortain - sign up if you agree with the society's position on this proposal at http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/marstonvale -
Mid Bed LDF Site Allocations Issues and Options Allocations Consultations - a further 70 submissions, two in the WSDS area - see document library for WSDS response. Closing date for consultation 18th August - Mid Bedfordshire District Council(MBDC) must provide 17,000 homes upto 2026 as set out in the Draft East of England Plan, of which 12,500 have already been "committed" i.e. allocated in previous plans or with planning permission. This leaves around 4,500 ...
SE Plan - Government publishes its proposed changes to the SE Plan following the Panel Report - The Government has published its proposed changes to the SE Plan and Panel Report recommendations. We are waiting for a hard copy of this document as it is next to impossible to read it on the Government Office of SE web site.
Watch this space to conf...
East of England Plan review now commenced to take the revised plan through to 2031. Government deadline for this 2011 - The Government requires that there by an early focussed review of the East of England Plan, rolling it forward to 2031, with a further increase to the house building trajectory and to test the Government's National Housing and Planning and Advise Units a...
Web Site - Contact Us links have not been working for the last few months. We apologise if any one has tried to use them without success. However all are working now and you should recieve a recieve a response from any query sent. -
Marston Vale and New Marston Eco Town Proposal - Messrs Gallaghers have withdrawn their 7,000 home eco town proposal - Messrs Gallaghers have now withdrawn their 7,000 home proposal according to BBC news. That then just leaves the sprawling ribbon development proposal of O & H Properties for 15,000 homes. This eco town proposal was the one the Society was the most concern...
Nampak Site - Phase 3 Messrs Wimpey are consulting again in respect of their proposals for Phase 3 seeking to substantially change what is set out in the agreed MK Local Plan. Representation made - BACKGROUND
Under MK Unitary Authority’s Local Plan – the old Plysu site, known locally as the Nampak Site in Woburn Sands was designated to receive 270 dwellings. There was considerable local concern in respect of this development particularly in res...
Traffic Calming in Weathercock Lane and Station Road Woburn Sands - Funding is in place for traffic calming in respect of Weathercock Lane. Woburn Sands Town Council are also considering proposals in respect of other traffic calming in the town. We are advised that this latter has no funding identified at present.
East of England Plan and Supporting Docment has now been published.Habitats assessment in respect of flooding and Ouse washes from joint afffect of plans left to SE Plan - East of England Plan and Supporting Docment in respect of the Habitats assessment and consultation has now been published. Mid Bedfordshire falls within the area of this plan as well as suffering encroachment from the South East Plan offloading housing ...
Marston Vale Eco Towns proposal. Messrs Gallaghers propose 7,000 dwellings at Wixams, and Messrs O& H Properties propose 15,000 homes between Wixams and Brogborough. Comments required by end of June - One proposal has been shortlisted by the Government for an eco town in the Marston Vale by 2021. These would be over and above the huge developments being planned by the yet unpublished SE Regional Spatial Strategy (SE Plan) and the East of England Regio...
Grimley's Report - for Aylesbury, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Mid Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Council and MK Partnership - Messrs Grimleys report and supplementaty report April 20008 is now complete and can be found at
It should be remembered that GVA Grimley were on instruction from Milton Keynes Part...
East of England Spatial Strategy News - Habitats Assessment and further Government changes - BACKGROUND:
Around 1997, the then Deputy Prime Minister, set up four un-elected Regional Assemblies to deliver a step change in house building in the South East. The East of England Regional Assembly (EERA) was one of these, covering the areas of Cambr...
Draft South East Plan – The Panel Report following the Examination in Public, was published in August 2007. Publication of South East Plan is delayed until July 2008 - BACKGROUND
It would perhaps be helpful to show the chronology of events, to demonstrate how determined the Government was and is, that MK should become one of the major growth areas to deliver the Governments drive for a step change in housing numbers ...
Wavendon Gateway Framework proposal and Planning Applications were refused at the meeting of MK Partnerships Planning Committee held on the 18th March 2008 - BACKGROUND
In June 2005, Messrs Gallagher Estates, Taylor Woodrow, and Berkeley Strategic held what was called a Community Planning Weekend for the local community of Wavendon to participate in their plans for the land south of the A421 at Glebe Farm ...
Greens Hotel Woburn Sands Application to convert and extend into 50 bed nursing home and 36 close care apartments. is refused by the Development Control Committee - BACKGROUND
Mr Menday purchased, for a nominal sum, the land, formerly owned by the Woburn Sands Sports and Social Club after the Club ran into financial problems, in the 1990’s. A planning application was made to MK Council to build Green’s Hotel on th...
A421 Improvement M1 Junction 13 to Bedford. A public enquiry which commenced on the 4th December into the Highways Agency scheme, was completed on 13th February 2008. The report is awaited. - BACKGROUND
Following public consultation from March to June 2004, and further studies, the Preferred Route Announcement for the proposed scheme, to dual the A421 east of the M1 and make substantial improvements to Junction 13, was published in December...