Thumbs up for plan to protect Lakes Estate

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A seven-year campaign to protect Bletchley’s Lakes Estate has been backed by its residents who voted in a 
referendum last week.

On Thursday, the Lakes Estate Neighbourhood Plan was given a thumbs-up to help decide planning applications in the area.

The plan, which received 472 votes for and 62 against, is intended to allow communities to create the policies which will shape the places where they live and work.

It will now go to MK Council’s cabinet to be recommended before it is put to full council where details will be finalised.

The plan is expected to include a future idea of building new houses on land behind Serpentine Court – and moving existing council tenants there before the buildings are knocked down.

Councillor Alan Webb, who led the campaign as chairman of the Lakes Steering Group, said: “May I say a huge thank you to all the local residents who either voted by post or went along to the Lakes Estate community centre to vote.

“Do remember this is your voice and now you can help plan and shape the estate you live on – whatever happens next is up to you.

“Have no fear – nothing will move forward without your knowledge.”