‘Hands off our open spaces’: Public reacts to Campbell Park plans

Campbell Park Canalside
Campbell Park Canalside

As news spread of plans to transform Campbell Park with an £88million development, hundreds of our readers got in touch to voice their views – including a backlash of criticism.

The 15-acre canalside site will have a 100 berth marina, more than 300 new homes, a local convenience store, a café, a restaurant, a nursery and a pub.

But many have called for the open space to be left alone and pleaded for the development not to be full of “posh pads” that no-one can afford to live in.

Debra Cooper said: “So much for Milton Keynes green spaces. We will be known as the land of the cash cows instead of concrete cows.”

Debbie Foster said: “I’m all for developing leisure facilities to liven up the park but building more ugly flats – no thanks.”

Samantha Pancheri , the former Green party candidate for MK South, said: “We have plenty of more appropriate sites that should be used to build affordable family housing around Milton Keynes. Leave Campbell Park be.”

Despite the criticism, Councillor Peter McDonald for Campbell Park and Old Woughton backed the plans.

He said: “This development has the potential to make a significant contribution to the housing and leisure infrastructure of Milton Keynes.

“It will be the only purpose-built facility to use the features of the canal, an undervalued asset for MK. However it is important that we don’t repeat the mistakes made in other developments in my ward, particularly at Ashland and Campbell Park.”

His Lib Dem colleague Councillor Ric Brackenbury also welcomed the news – but warned the design must be right. He said: “I welcome the idea of a canalside café and marina to draw visitors in to Campbell Park, but it’s important that the housing and design is right for such a visible area.

“I will be looking closely at planning applications as they come in and would welcome comments from any residents with views.”