Council reveals list of 160 sites with ‘potential’

A hit list of 160 proposed sites with the potential for development has been dismissed as “nothing to panic about” by leading councillors.

The bumper list details pockets of council-owned open space all over Milton Keynes - including most of the city estates.

It comes hot on the heels of the controversial Site 
Allocation Plan, which was voted down unanimously last month by councillors.

The SAP detailed 67 potential housing sites – including Station Square at CMK. It caused uproar on estates such as Springfield, Conniburrow and Downs Barn, and residents swarmed the council meeting to protest about losing their open space.

Unbeknown to them, shortly before the same meeting councillors were handed the new list of 160 spaces.

It is the work of council officers and has taken four years to prepare.

Labour’s council leader Peter Marland said: “This is nothing to worry about. It is an exercise in identifying what land the council owns and there are no current plans to build on any of these spaces.

“If any plans arise, they will be dealt with on a case by case basis.”

A council spokesman said: “The 160 sites have been identified as having the potential to be developed but they have not been considered any further than this.

“The cabinet member is aware of the project but has yet to decide how or whether to proceed with this.

“Any progress with these sites would be subject to public consultation.”

But city campaigning group Xplain was not so calm, and spokesman Linda Inoki described the list as “a botched attempt to strip MK of its civic assets.”

She added: “The cabinet has a lot of explaining to do.”