Your chance to help shape the next 20 years of Milton Keynes

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A new plan to shape the future of Milton Keynes over the next 20 years is being devised by city bosses - and you can help to form it.

Milton Keynes Council will this week launch a 12-week consultation into Plan:MK, looking forward until at least the year 2031. The plan will cover everything from housing developments and transport links, to schools, healthcare centres and leisure facilities.

Combined with the Core Strategy which was agreed last year, the plan will see an extra 38,000 homes being built in the city.

Councillor Mick Legg, cabinet member for public realm, said that the strategy meant that Milton Keynes will keep control of its own destiny, unlike other neighbouring areas.

He said: “A big part of this is about making sure we have always got a five-year land policy.

“We want to make sure we don’t leave ourselves open to hostile planning applications and appeals. That is the problem that a lot of other authorities, such as Aylesbury have got, which decide on developments as they go along.

“If there isn’t a five-year plan in place then it’s much harder to defend our stance, whereas we can turn down individual developments on land that isn’t earmarked for development, and point to other areas which are marked for building on.”

The Plan:MK public consultation will run from Wednesday (September 10) until December 3.

At the same time there will be a month-long consultation on the Site Allocations Plan, looking at specific locations to be developed.

To access the consultations and have your say, visit http:/miltonkeynes-consult.objective.co.uk