Potential housing sites on green spaces sent back to be reviewed after unanimous vote

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A packed public gallery witnessed Milton Keynes Council unanimously vote in favour of reviewing the proposed housing sites on green spaces across the city.

A motion filed by Lib Dem councillor Ric Brackenbury asked for the sites in estates like Springfield, Downs Barn, Conniburrow - as well as Station Square - to be withdrawn and cross-party agreement secured before any further plans are released.

All 50 councillors voted in favour of sending the plan back to cabinet at tonight’s meeting in the chamber.

Public speakers slammed the proposed sites as “shoddy and unprofessional”. Others said the city should remain Milton Keynes - not “London or a slum” - and pleaded for councillors to throw out the allocated sites and start afresh.

Councillor Mick Legg, cabinet member for public realm, blamed the public reaction on “scaremongering” in the press and assured the room that Labour were gauging opinion on the sites.

His colleague Councillor Rob Middleton said he would not apologise for opening up a debate - and that the exercise has been a “silver-lining” because he has heard the views of so many.