Community centre plan approved in Milton Keynes

A new community centre can be built on the site of a now demolished pub in Milton Keynes, the council has decided

Friday, 23rd April 2021, 9:20 am

Planners at Milton Keynes Council have used their delegated powers to grant permission for the centre to be built near to 27 new homes in Langcliffe Drive, in the Heelands area of Milton Keynes.

The Suffolk Punch pub was owned by the Parks Trust but was sold off, and permission for housing at the newly named Suffolk Punch Close was given in 2016 with a legal condition attached to provide the parish with a single storey community hall.

The newly approved plan gives a part two-storey hall, which gives the parish council a first floor meeting room, office space and toilets.

Suffolk Punch close named after the pub that used to be on the site

Agents for Bradwell Parish Council, which developed the project, said: “The proposed layout looks to improve upon the facilities proposed for the local community and provide some office space on the first floor for the local parish council which will aid and enhance the use and management of the building.”

The hall will be available for hire from 7.30am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 2pm at weekends.

At the moment the hall doesn’t have a name but Bradwell Parish Council has asked residents to send them their ideas by April 30.

Minutes from meetings of the council over the last few years show that it has managed to get the hall approved without increasing its share of the council tax, which stands at an average Band D equivalent of £54.08.

The Suffolk Punch pub, which has been demolished

And in 2019 the project was awarded £25,000 by MK Council to help pay for the costs of fitting out.