‘Don’t destroy our farmland’

Water Eaton farmland
Water Eaton farmland

A family which has farmed on ancient land for more than 120 years could be forced out if plans to build 1,900 homes go ahead.

The Mill Residents’ Association is calling on the winner of today’s election to join them in taking a stand to reject future planning applications for the site next to the floodplain of the Great River Ouzel in Eaton Leys.

Chairman George Bennett said: “It would be absolute madness to develop this farmland.

“Residents are extremely concerned about the added pressure an estimated extra 4,000 cars passing along Stoke Road and Drayton Road, through to Fenny Stratford and Bletchley, would have on already busy roads that are already dealing with additional traffic from an expanding Newton Leys.”

Water Eaton village has existed for more than 1,000 years and residents say it is an important part of Bletchley and Milton Keynes’ story.

Mr Bennett added: “We already lack the infrastructure to deal with the increase in demand for healthcare and public services.

“Our community has already absorbed large unwelcome developments over the years and now we simply have have no capacity for more.”

But developer, Gallagher Estates, says MK Council has deemed it a potential housing site through its core strategy initiative.

A spokesman said: “Eaton Leys represents a unique opportunity to contribute towards the housing led regeneration and renewal of Bletchley and in particular the adjacent Lakes Estates.

“Our overall aim is to create a new community designed to meet the needs of existing residents of the Lakes Estate regeneration area.”