Green light for intu development

intu general manager Shelley Peppard
intu general manager Shelley Peppard
  • · Planning permission granted for intu Milton Keynes proposals · The development includes five screen boutique cinema, dining quarter, new shops and public spaces

A controversial planning application to develop the city’s shopping centre was given the green light by council planners last night.

As reported by the Citizen yesterday, councillors voted in favour of the development at a meeting last night. The scheme will create a new dining quarter over two levels and a five-screen boutique cinema.

The space in and around Oak Court and Midsummer Boulevard will also be remodelled to provide a welcoming environment and enhanced ambience.

intu submitted its planning application in May this year following a public consultation and last night Milton Keynes Council gave its approval - despite protests from the public gallery.

Martin Breeden, regional director of intu, said: “We’re delighted that our proposals have been approved.

“intu Milton Keynes is already the premium fashion pitch in the city and these plans will strengthen its position, creating a contemporary destination for customers to shop, eat, relax and socialise.

“We’ve had some good interest in the scheme as brands recognise the opportunity that Milton Keynes provides.”

Protestors, including Xplain chairman Linda Inoki said many people were upset after reading the recent Citizen story about intu bosses giving their online support for the planning application as members of the public.