Council publishes plans to build up to 90,000 new homes

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A document detailing plans to build around 90,000 new homes in the city has been published today.

The council’s draft Plan:MK was leaked to the Citizen last week, but today, the plans are available to view in full online.

If given the go ahead to build on 5,000 hectares of land in the north of MK, it could mean the city’s population will soar to more than 300,000 by 2026.

The first option of four in the proposals involves a series of mini ‘garden cities’ with 10,000 homes apiece in rural areas including Olney, Sherington, Hanslope, Castlethorpe, North Crawley and Moulsoe.

A second option is building a massive “mirror” image of Milton Keynes eastwards across the MI, washing over existing villages into Central Bedfordshire.

Another suggestion is an ‘arc of urban extension’, stretching development out to the west, south west or south of existing boundaries, encompassing Bletchley and rolling across Calverton, Whaddon and the Brickhill villages.

The final option in the plan is cram the new homes into existing area within the designated area. This could involve converting older office blocks in CMK into housing, building skywards and at “much greater density” than was originally planned for the city centre, states the document, which is stamped as confidential.

Employment areas such as Blakelands, Tongwell and Kiln Farm could also be changed into houses, while seven ‘priority’ estates could be regenerated.

The consultation on the Strategic Development Options will run for a twelve-week consultation period, between Wednesday November 25 and Wednesday February 17.

Respond online by visiting http://miltonkeynes-consult.objective.co.uk

Or email your comments to PlanMK@milton-keynes.gov.uk,

Or by post to:

Development Plans Team

Milton Keynes Council

Civic Offices

1 Saxon Gate East

Central Milton Keynes

MK9 3EJ

> View plan:MK online here.