What would the Neighbourhood Plan mean for Milton Keynes?

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Business chiefs will discuss what the country’s first-ever Neighbourhood Plan would mean in Milton Keynes on Wednesday night.

Paul Swinney, senior economist at the Centre for Cities, will speak at a special event for local business leaders on April 15 in the run up to the country’s first ever referendum on a business Neighbourhood Plan on May 7.

This will be Britain’s first business neighbourhood plan, created specifically for a predominantly commercial area such as CMK.

For the first time in the country, two separate referendums will be held - one for residents and another for businesses. If a majority on each referendum votes yes, MK Council will adopt the plan as a high-level document in the planning policy for CMK.

Dr Philip Smith, chair of MK Business Council which is co-sponsoring the event with the CMK Town Council, said: “We’re delighted that Mr Swinney will be joining us from this respected think tank as it’s important to see Central Milton Keynes in a national context.”

The event will be held at the Catapult Transport Innovation Centre in the Pinnacle on Midsummer Boulevard from 5.30-8pm.