Plans to return to the drawing board

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CONSULTATION has opened on the new Central Milton Keynes Development Framework Review.

The document provides up to date planning and design guidance for the development and growth of Central Milton Keynes that will be used when developers are preparing planning proposals and when considering planning applications in the future.

There have been several revisions since the original town plan, drawn up in 1970, and the latest consultation allows people to have their say on the future of planning regulations in the town centre.

Xplain, a citizen’s lobby group, has been calling for the review and believes the consultation is a step forward for the future of the centre.

Linda Inoki, leader of Xplain, said: “Lots of people think the city has lost its way in the last 10 years, so it’s great that the council has listened and responded to the widespread public desire to go back to the original plans.

“The new framework abandons the failed ‘EDAW’ plan of 2001 which was based on an extreme idea to ban cars from the centre, close grid roads to traffic, and radically change MK into a traditional, densely built-up city of narrow streets.

“Not surprisingly, the experiment failed. For example, it cost millions of pounds filling in our top quality granite underpasses near the new Sainsbury’s development with concrete. And for what?

“Now pedestrians have to wait for the lights to change in all weathers. Xplain has been campaigning for years to encourage sympathetic development, so we feel this is a great step forward.

“MK has always dared to be different, and people just love living here, in a city of greenery, space and light.

“Before long the council will own most of the development blocks still to be built on in the city centre as well as Campbell Park grid square, so it’s really important that the new ‘house-rules’ deliver the kind of development that people really want.”

For your chance to take part in the Development Framework Review consultation, visit www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/udla