400 homes could be built opposite Sainsbury’s

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Around 400 new apartments could be built as part of a major new development near The Hub in Central Milton Keynes.

The development, opposite supermarket Sainsbury’s, would be made up of 56 one-bed apartments, 207 two-bed apartments and 137 three-bed apartments, duplexes and houses built by developer Barratt Homes.

But while more houses are needed for a growing city population, the plans have been met with a mixed reaction.

The proposals will be recommended for approval by Milton Keynes Council’s development control committee tonight (Thursday).

Carol Cann, commenting on the MK Citizen Facebook page, said: “Perhaps another school should go there as there are so many children with all the new houses being built already.”

But Becky Bramley said: “I like the idea of ‘the west end’ being built there. I have lived in The Hub for a few years and there have always been talks of it being built.

“The Hub has a great atmosphere and I think it would be great for housing and apartments to be built and finish the area off nicely.”

However, the design of the proposed new housing, close to where a new Morrisons supermarket is being built at the Leisure Plaza, has not been welcomed by all.

Linda Inoki, leader of campaign group Xplain, said: “Just like The Hub, these new blocks of flats along Witan Gate would turn their backs on the street, bringing no interest or life to the public realm.

“The design is inappropriate for a forward-looking regional centre such as Milton Keynes. The blocks look like the kind of cheap council flats built in the 1960s and demolished in the 1980s.

“With their small windows, lack of detailing and hard facades they look more like barracks than private homes.”