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Welcome to Castlethorpe

Castlethorpe is a village with a population of around 1,100 set in rolling countryside seven miles north of Milton Keynes city centre and close to the boundary with Northamptonshire. It lies on the northern edge of the Tove River Valley, which is designated as being landscape of Special Character.

The surrounding area is thought to have first been inhabited in the Bronze Age but the village itself started out in life as a Norman castle belonging to the lord of the manor of nearby Hanslope which was destroyed in 1215 during the Baron’s Revolt against King John.

The parish church is dedicated to St Simon and St Jude, and dates back to Anglo-Saxon times, though the present church is of mainly Norman design. There are a number of other listed buildings in the village, some dating back to the 15th Century, with fine examples of homes from the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries as well.

You can find more information about the history of the village, including pictures, here and even more on the Milton Keynes Heritage Association website at www.mkheritage.co.uk/cv/.

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Latest Parish Council News

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Revised Neighbourhood Plan
opens for public consultation

The draft revised Castlethorpe Neighbourhood Plan 2020-31 is now out for public consultation and an Open Day will be held in the Village Hall between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 29 February, where residents will be able to get the answers to any questions they may have. 
All comments must be received by the Parish Council by 5pm on Wednesday 11 March.  
There is more information on the Planning page of this website and Parish Council Chairman Philip Ayles explains what the 

revisions are in a message to residents which you can readbelow. You can download and read the Plan by clicking here. You can fill in the Comments form online by clicking here or download a Word version to fill in here. 
Meanwhile a draft Consultation document for Milton Keynes Strategy for 2050, which gives an overall view of planned growth in the borough in the next 30 years, has just been published by Milton Keynes Council and Milton Keynes Futures 2050. You can download a copy from the Planning page.  

Modification Proposals to the Castlethorpe Neighbourhood Plan

The Castlethorpe Neighbourhood Plan 2015-2030 became Planning Policy in September 2017 which was before Milton Keynes Council had made a new Local Plan called Plan:MK which sets Planning Policies for the Borough.
As a result, Castlethorpe Parish Council has been updating the Neighbourhood Plan to bring it in line with Plan:MK and ending at the same time in 2031.  
The main features of the update are: 
• It updates the Policies in the Neighbourhood Plan to bring them into alignment with Plan:MK 
• There are no new allocations of land for housing 
• The wording of some of the Policies have been clarified in the light of our experience with planning applications since the Neighbourhood Plan was made 
• The parish has 20 Listed Buildings within the village and one (Castlethorpe Mill) outside it. However, there are a number of important buildings in the village which are, to use the technical term, ‘non-designated heritage assets’ or, as we call them, Buildings of Local Interest. Most of these buildings date from the coming of the railway and the opening of Wolverton Works and are an important part of our history. A new Policy says that these buildings, the stone walls around the church and around the South St paddock and the Water Tower must not be harmed or lost unless there is an outweighing public benefit and in particular that the front view and rooflines on these buildings should be preserved. 
• Having gathered further evidence of use, as the earlier survey had been rejected as ‘anecdotal’ by the previous Examiner, the Plan will add Gobbey’s Field as a Local Green Space. 
• The Policy favouring car parking spaces at the back of the village green has been deleted (the back of the green belongs 

to the owner of Station Yard) and any application for car parking will have to come forward in the normal way with no predisposition for approval.
• There is a new Policy on Climate Change supporting the conversion of streetlights to LED, installation of public EV charging points, improving the SUSTRANS cycle track to Wolverton and for the energy efficient development of new buildings.  
• The list of proposed infrastructure projects to improve the village has been updated.  
This is a "pre-submission draft" update to the Castlethorpe Neighbourhood Plan which will be in consultation for a period of six weeks. The Parish Council will then take note of the comments made and will decide whether to modify the Neighbourhood Plan.  
It will then be submitted to MKC, who have supported us during this work, and, statutorily, MKC will then do a second consultation for a further six weeks. At completion, the Neighbourhood Plan may again be modified by MKC in the light of any new comments and it will be passed to an external Examiner who will ensure it is fit for purpose and make any recommendations. The Examiner will also decide whether the modifications need to go to referendum or not.  
The Plan Policies are powerful because they will be adopted by Milton Keynes Council and Policies in the existing Plan have already influenced the outcome of a number of planning applications.  
The Consultation period ends on 11th March so please send you comments to us by then.  
Philip Ayles  
Chairman, Castlethorpe Parish Council 

Pre-School needs your help urgently

Castlethorpe Pre-School needs your help to keep providing care (and fun) for the youngest members of our community. A voluntary committee of parents manages the Pre-School – and without the committee the Pre-School would not be able to carry on and would be forced to close its doors after 47 years in the village.
The current committee won't be standing again next year and they are looking for new officers to take over ... and they're asking the local community to help them. The roles that must be filled are Chairperson and Treasurer so if you're interested in these, or joining as a committee member please contact the Pre-School as soon as possible.
The Pre-School also has vacancies now for children aged between 2 and 5. It's open from 9am to noon every weekday (to 3pm on Wednesdays) and there's a daily lunch club available until 12.30pm. Funding is available. If your child isn't 2 yet but you'd like to have them join in the future let them know now! The contact details are: Phone 07508 399783; Email: castlethorpeps@gmail .com; 
Facebook.com/castlethorpepreschool 

Duck Race looking for volunteers

The planning for the 2020 Duck Race on Sunday 31 May is well underway and they need YOUR help!.
The Duck Race has grown into one of the biggest local fundraising events and is reliant upon volunteers helping before and on the day, and this is where you come in. Whether it is car parking attendants, serving tea and cake, helping at the bar or turning a burger or two on the barbecue ... there is lots to do and they need willing participants for the day of the race along with set up/take down on the days either side.
If you think you can help please let Tracey Jones know via the village Facebook page or Messenger. 

Village tea party goes fortnightly

The free Village Afternoon Tea Parties (aka Communi-Tea) will now be held in the Village Hall every fortnight from 2-4pm on Tuesdays. Everyone is invited, so please spread the word to everyone you know, especially anyone new to the village or doesn’t get out very much. These are the dates: March 3, 17 and 31, April 14 and 28.

Parish Council meeting

The next meeting of the Parish Council is on Monday 2 March in the Village Hall, starting at 7.30pm. It starts with an open session where you can raise matters of concern with the councillors. The agenda and minutes of the last meeting can be found on the Village Green notice board or you can download them from here.

Police appeal over
village burglary

A bungalow in The Chestnuts in North Street was burgled on New Year's Eve sometime between 6.45pm and 1.30am. If you, or anyone you know, saw anything suspicious or have any information please call Thames Valley Police on 101 quoting reference URN215 01/01/2019 and crime reference No 43200000075. All information will be treated confidentially.

The village shop is situated in North Street, two-thirds of the way between the Village Hall and the junction with Station Road. It is open daily from 7am to 7.30pm (to noon on Sundays) with a post office open from 9am to 5.30pm on weekdays, except for Wednesday and Saturday afternoons. The shop's phone number is 01908 745983.

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Castlethorpe statistics

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Population                    1,047 (2011 Census)
OS grid reference       SP795445
Latitude/longitude    52.093°N   0.840°W
Civil parish                   Castlethorpe
Unitary authority       Milton Keynes
Ceremonial county    Buckinghamshire
Region                           South East
Post town                     Milton Keynes 
Postcode district        MK19
Dialling code                01908
Police                             Thames Valley
Fire                                 Buckinghamshire
Ambulance                   South Central
UK Parliament             Milton Keynes North