Recommendation to reject Primark ‘a major advance’ – Xplain

An artists impression of how the Primark development would look
An artists impression of how the Primark development would look

THE campaigner behind Primark protest group, Xplain, has welcome the planning officers’ recommendation not to go ahead with the development as “extremely good news for everybody who cares about Milton Keynes.”

Earlier today it was revealed how the plans for a new Primark have been recommended for refusal by council planning officers.

Linda Inoki and her fellow members, some of them marketing and PR experts, launched their own wesite to urge 1,200 people to write letters of objection to the council.

Xplain also supported market traders to gather their own petition of 16,320 signatures.

“The traders were strongly against the horrible alternative location offered to them. It was along the outside the side of the building, near to McDonalds. One trader told me we could kiss goodbye to the market before Primark even opened if he was forced to move there,” she said.

Xplain was equally vociferous about the loss of Secklow Bridge and the visual impact the new Primark building would have on the design of the shopping centre.

“Our shopping centre is fantastically unique and of great national importance. We could not have it ruined,” she said.

“The planning officers’ recommendation is a major victory, but we are not home and dry yet. We are urging everbody who cares about Milton Keynes to keep sending out the message about what they want.

“And what they want is to keep this vital part of CMK as it was originally designed.”

Development director at the shopping centre, Jonathan Weymouth, said: “We are obviously disappointed with regard to the planning officer’s recommendation for our proposals at Secklow Gate.

“The owners are now carefully considering their position.”