Bletchley bypass ‘must be part of Salden Chase development’

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A new Bletchley Bypass must be part of any new development at Salden Chase, it was claimed this week.

Local campaigners made the call after developers announced plans to build 1,855 new homes on the outskirts of Bletchley next to the new Bletchley-Oxford rail line.

Although the South West Milton Keynes Consortium, which is behind the development, has included plans for new primary school, a site for a secondary school, plus over 55 hectares of ‘green infrastructure’, the details do not include a commitment for a bypass.

Elaine Wales, chairman of BASE (Bletchley Against Salden Chase Expansion), wants the developers to fund a bypass too.

She said: “The developers, who will make millions out of the development must, as a minimum, fully fund the Bletchley southern bypass.

“Without the bypass the long-term implications for Buckingham Road, the A421 and surrounding estates will be truly horrendous. The current traffic problems would turn into a traffic nightmare.”

Andrew Pakes Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Milton Keynes South, agreed. He said: “The message from the many residents I have met is really clear: ‘No infrastructure; no development’.

“People are worried that this is another development that will leave the existing community worse off. I would urge the developers to come clean about whether they will fund the bypass. Infrastructure funding is key.

“They must be transparent about their plans on whole range of things from drainage and flooding, through to impact of the new development on local services.”