The Masterplan


RPC will facilitate the preparation of a masterplan for the detailed management of an area of nature conservation and quiet recreation in former minerals workings in the south of Radley. The masterplan will be informed by the Neighbourhood Plan Radley Lakes Strategy. All Stakeholders will be involved in its preparation, including landowners, VWHDC, Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council and local conservation and amenity groups.

The Radley Neighbourhood Plan was prepared by Radley Parish Council and formally adopted on 10 October 2018. The Radley Lakes section is available here or you can download the whole plan from this link.

A whole section of the Plan is devoted to the future of Radley Lakes. ‘Community Action 10’ commits Radley Parish Council to facilitating the preparation of a masterplan for managing Radley Lakes as an area of nature conservation and quiet recreation.

This is a long-term venture which will aim to protect and enhance the wildlife value of the Lakes, and provide public access to parts of the area.

Following an initial round of meetings with landowners and other stakeholder, Radley Parish Council has commissioned a consultant to draw up initial ideas for the masterplan. There will then be public consultation on these ideas.

The work is being overseen by Richard Dudding on behalf of Radley Parish Council and Roger Thomas, Chairman of Friends of Radley Lakes.

A presentation about the masterplan process, given by Richard Dudding at the Friends’ AGM on 22 November 2019, can be downloaded here.


credit: From Radley Neighbourhood Plan 2018-31 - Reproduced by kind permission of Radley Parish Council


The Radley Neighbourhood Plan includes the following passage, which outlines the proposal.

"A new overarching approach for the Radley Lakes area is required, with a long-term vision that can guide other decisions and processes, based on the following live principles.

(i) The end goal should be to realise the high potential of the area for nature conservation and quiet recreation, of benefit to the wider area.

(ii) The process needs to be gradual, taking account of the expiry of existing planning permissions, most of which are time limited.

(iii) Key to unlocking this potential is a new access solution which removes the current conflicts between cyclists and pedestrians and heavy vehicular traffic.

(iv) If the road access is solved there is scope for limited commercial use without impacting adversely on the area as a whole.

(v) A co-operative approach is needed involving relevant councils, landowners, operators and amenity groups."