Shops and a pub finally to be built for the '˜estate that time forgot'
An estate branded '˜the place that time forgot' is to finally get some community facilities.
Planning permission was granted by Milton Keynes Council last week for a local centre at Newton Leys.
It will include shops, a pub, a care home and a day nursery.
The first residents moved onto the estate seven years ago and 800 homes - half of the final amount - are currently occupied.
But the only facility for them is a Portacabin-style temporary community centre, said Councillor Martin Gowans.
Because he lives on Newton Leys and is standing for election there in May, he was deemed to have a prejudicial interest and banned from voting on the local centre planning application.
He told the Citizen: “The developers have certainly been very slow in providing facilities for the community. We have waited far too long.”
He added: “I welcome the application, but there are still concerns about traffic issues because it is next to a residential area that is already busy.”