1,855 new homes planned for south west Milton Keynes

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Plans for 1,855 new homes long the new Bletchley-Oxford railway line have been submitted to planning bosses, with the first residents likely to move in during early 2017.

The scheme is proposed for land close to the A421 Whaddon Road, and will also include a new primary school and early years provision, a site for a secondary school, plus over 55 hectares of ‘green infrastructure’ including parkland, sports fields, wildlife areas and allotments.

It would also be linked up with Milton Keynes’ cycle network, while a road route would be reserved for a future Bletchley Southern Bypass.

The South West Milton Keynes Consortium, which is behind the plans, says that the construction work will create 475 jobs, while the new estate will also feature an employment area plus a neighbourhood centre with a community hall, local shops and health centre.

Richard Astle, spokesman for the consortium, said “We would like to thank everyone who took the time to take part in the consultation.

“We’ve listened carefully to people’s views and made a number of changes to the masterplan as a result of the feedback we received. We have, for example, included substantial areas of green space to minimise the visual impact of the development and also provided sufficient land to facilitate the Bletchley Southern Bypass. 

“We’ve also developed a comprehensive travel strategy and will work with the appropriate authorities and residents to decide on the best way to address concerns about the pressure of additional traffic in the surrounding areas.”