Local plan that thwarted intu wins an award

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A neighbourhood plan that put a spanner in the works of a multi- million shopping centre development has scooped a national award.

The CMK Business Neighbourhood Plan was launched earlier this year by CMK Town Council after wining 9,000 votes of approval at a special referendum .

But weeks later MK borough councillors contradicted the plan’s policy to protect green spaces by giving the go- ahead for a large intu centre expansion.

Their decision was called in by protesters and is now being dealt with by the Secretary of State. He will hold a public local inquiry before giving his verdict. Meanwhile this week the plan at the heart of the protest won two top categories at the national planning awards ceremony in London.

Dr Rebecca Kurth, chair of CMK Town Council, said: “It’s another vote of confidence in the future of Milton Keynes. I’m delighted for the team who worked so hard to produce the country’s first ever business neighbourhood plan.”