Postive response to building plans: Shoppers ‘desire change’, say intu Milton Keynes

View of the boulevard and new catering facilities in intu
View of the boulevard and new catering facilities in intu

Plans to transform the city’s iconic shopping centre have been given a resounding thumbs-up in a recent survey.

A total of 77 per cent of those who completed a questionnaire either online or at the public consultation exhibition support intu Milton Keynes’ proposals to remodel and transform the Midsummer Boulevard and Oak Court areas at intu Milton Keynes.

The scheme includes a vibrant new dining quarter, a five screen boutique cinema and the opportunity for new shops.

Externally, improved public spaces and welcoming landscaped areas will give better public places for events and entertainment as well as to sit and relax.

A public exhibition at intu Milton Keynes in mid-March supported by a consultation website gave plenty of opportunities to feedback comments. During the consultation period, the website had 3,238 visits and there were nearly 3,000 views of the online video fly-through graphics.

From the 1,079 responses to the questionnaire, three out of four respondents felt the proposals would provide a better experience when visiting the city centre.

Two thirds of people who replied would be likely to visit more often and use the new restaurants and cinema in the evening.

Martin Breeden, regional director of intu, said: “The positive response to the plans clearly demonstrates a desire for change. Our proposals will bring a wider choice for our customers and greater opportunities for retailers and restauranteurs.

“Creating a more compelling customer experience will add to the prosperity of Milton Keynes. We want to provide local people with more reasons to visit and attractions that encourage them to stay longer.”

The intu development team will now consider all comments before submitting a formal planning application to Milton Keynes Council.