A £600million facelift is set to transform seven entire estates that have sadly passed their sell-by date.
Thousands of city homes in areas classed as deprived will be regenerated or even demolished, the Citizen can reveal.
Residents may have to “de-camp” to newly-built houses while the RegenerationMK work is in progress. Some may return to their old property or others may be offered a permanent new home.
The estates are Netherfield, Coffee Hall, Tinkers Bridge, North Bradville, Fullers Slade, the Lakes Estate and Beanhill.
All formed the heart of the ‘new city’ when they were built around 45 years ago and many of the homes, such as the flat-roofed, corrugated metal-clad properties on Netherfield, were designed by award-winning architects.
But the rot started to set in – sometimes literally – within a few years. And by the early 1980s Labour councillor Kevin Wilson was campaigning for improvements to be made.
“I’ve never stopped campaigning,” said council veteran Kevin today. “Now at last it is happening, and it is huge. But at the same time I can see how it could be scary for the residents themselves and I would like to reassure them that they need not worry.”
Kevin, who is also leader of Woughton Parish Council, said the regeneration plan would be entirely “people led”with consultation of the 16,000 plus affected residents at every stage.
“I cannot say that some homes won’t need to be
demolished and that some people won’t have to move. But we will tackle this together as a community and our communities will stay together,” he vowed.
Milton Keynes Council is using between £70 million and £75 million from its ‘rent money’ Housing Revenue Account for RegenerationMK. The use of a private developer partner, to be appointed this summer, will generate up to half a BILLION pounds more, said Kevin.
Some of the income could be generated from new house building on current open spaces within the estates. Such homes would be a mixture of social and private housing.
For more details of Regeneration MK visit www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/housing/regenerationmk-frequently-asked-questions.