Plans for nearly 400 homes near Newport Pagnell ‘could help Milton Keynes homelessness crisis’

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A housing association’s bid to build 377 homes just outside Newport Pagnell claims it offers a solution to the city’s homelessness crisis by delivering “much-needed” affordable homes to rent and buy.

Grand Union Housing Group is offering to build 81 of the homes immediately, providing planning consent is granted by Milton Keynes Council for the site, which is off Little Linford Lane and would be connected to the Poets Estate by footbridges.

Many of these first homes could be used immediately for homeless households.

A planning application is due to be submitted shortly for the development, which would be called Portfields Rise and would be completed within five years.

A spokesman for the architects, DLA, said: This is an excellent and entirely appropriate site for much needed housing – and it can start delivering almost immediately. We think the application should be supported by anyone who is serious about doing something to address the woeful record on housing delivery – particularly affordable housing.”

He added: “The site itself has not been put to any significant use for a generation. It is not open to the public and has very little agricultural, habitat, ecological or landscape value. There are no protected species or trees, indeed our development will positively enhance the environment. In planning terms, the site can’t ‘creep’ because it is contained on all sides by immoveable natural or man-made features. As such, there are no ‘flood-gates’ to be opened by building on this unused land.”

Aileen Evans, Group Chief Executive of Grand Union Housing Group, said: “This site provides an opportunity for much needed affordable housing which will help alleviate the housing crisis in Milton Keynes.

“There are hundreds of families currently living in temporary accommodation across Milton Keynes who are on the local housing waiting list. This development will ensure that a number of them get a stable home to call their own.”