City of trees is under threat from housing

editorial image

Proposals to cram more houses into green spaces on existing estates could set a disastrous precedent for the ‘city of trees’, it was claimed this week.

A newly-released document from the Labour Cabinet earmarks three patches of land on Springfield, Downs Barn and Conniburrow as potentially suitable for dozens more homes.

Both the Springfield sites currently house play equipment that has been enjoyed by children for the past 40 years, said ward councillor Peter McDonald.

“Residents are absolutely outraged that their children could be forced to play on the streets and we will lose the spaces we love,” he said.

“If these plans go ahead then what will happen next? Will more houses spring up on every estate in Milton Keynes? Our city of trees could be destroyed.”

Mr McDonald has now officially recalled the Springfield and Downs Barn proposals, which were among a list of 67 suggested new housing sites all over MK.

“They came out of the blue and were approved for public consultation by just one cabinet member. I want this matter reconsidered democratically by all councillors.”

On Sunday residents staged a protest on Springfield, where a total of 96 new homes are proposed.

Some 68 of them would be on a large play park off Turnmill Avenue while 28 would be near Springfield Boulevard.

The proposals for Conniburrow and Downs Barn involve 44 homes on four sites.

“They are small patches of land with a couple of tree but the children love to play there,” said Mr McDonald.

“We will fight all we can to prevent a dangerous precedent for the entire city.”