Empty Wyevale is back on agenda

Wyevale Garden Centre closed down in 2006
Wyevale Garden Centre closed down in 2006

More than six years after it was razed to the ground, the topic of the former Wyevale Garden Centre is back on the agenda.

Tonight, Wednesday, members of the Cabinet will discuss the draft development brief to make use of the huge empty plot opposite Xscape and next door to The Barn pub.

Wyevale moved out of the centre in 2006, and the building was eventually demolished in 2007, but has remained a concrete wasteland ever since.

The site had been owned by the Homes and Community Agency until Milton Keynes Council took it over in December last year as a result of the land transfer.

The purpose of the development brief is to outline key principles for the development of the site, so no difinitive plan has been outlined for it as yet.

Councillor Isobel McCall, of Campbell Park ward, said she was pleased the site was finally back on the agenda.

“It would be good to get this site developed after so many years of it being an eyesore, which affects neighbouring properties,” she said.

“However I do think the development needs to be sensitive to the neighbouring properties which are very low rise and could feel over overshadowed even by two or three storey developments on the other side of the road.

“The plants, rather than the building were at this end

of the previous development so being opposite something even three storeys high will make a dramatic difference.”

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