Milton Keynes set to become a top 20 city

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Councillors will be invited next month to fire the starting gun on increasing the population of Milton Keynes to 300,000 in the next 13 years.

The Milton Keynes Core Strategy has been passed as a good one by a government planning inspector who has cleared the way to its formal adoption at a meeting of the full council on July 10.

It is a truly landmark document for businesses, laying out how the borough will develop up to and past its 50th birthday by creating jobs, increasing skills and plotting out where growth will take place in housing and employment land.

Among the blueprint’s key points are 28,000 new homes between 2010 and 2026, new land for development to the south east of the city and the creation of more than 40,000 new jobs up to 2026.

Milton Keynes Council’s stated aim is to lift the new city to be among the UK’s 20 biggest by population, with an “international profile and reputation as a modern and forward-thinking place to live”.

Such a move would leapfrog Milton Keynes above Leicester and Nottingham and be alongside Coventry and Cardiff.

Councillor David Hopkins, the council’s cabinet member for strategic planning was pleased to be able to take the plan forward. He said “This gives us some welcome support for both where and how growth and development happens in Milton Keynes over the next 13 years.

“Milton Keynes has already been named as the best place to lead the country out of recession and this now gives us the framework to encourage further building, inward investment and growth.”

The Core Strategy has also been welcomed by Milton Keynes companies, including commercial property experts Bidwells.

Bidwells partner, David Bainbridge, said: “The Planning Inspector’s decision is excellent news for continued investment in housing, jobs and infrastructure in Milton Keynes. The Core Strategy provides the framework for this and we look forward to Milton Keynes Council progressing the Local Plan.”

> For more details on the Core Strategy, visit http://www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/planning-policy/displayarticle.asp?ID=76574