Uproar against plans

HousingProtest'Protest against housing development in Woburn Sands.''MPMC WK23 M11
HousingProtest'Protest against housing development in Woburn Sands.''MPMC WK23 M11

ANGRY protesters made themselves heard as plans to build 100 homes between Woburn Sands and Wavendon prepare to be submitted to the council.

The group made up of residents from both towns gathered at the War Memorial in Woburn Sands on Saturday to alert more people to the potential new development on open countryside land.

During the two-hour demonstration, protesters handed out leaflets and information packs to around 200 residents, with many signing a register to make their objection to the scheme.

The largest fear for the development regarded the potential traffic problems should the huge estate be built, as well as the lack of school places and medical facilities.

One resident said: “If this goes ahead, you’d better not fall ill in Woburn Sands!”

There is also scope for Storey Homes to further develop the surrounding farm land to build 200 extra homes as well as the existing proposals.

Among the protesters was MP Iain Stewart and Milton Keynes Council cabinet member David Hopkins, who represents Wavendon and Woburn Sands in his ward.

Nick Luke, organiser of the action group, said: “The protest was very well attended and had support from MP Iain Stewart.

“He stated that this whole scheme was unwarranted and that as there were more than enough planning applications approved within the council’s core plan there was no need. He urged people to lodge their objections with the council as a matter of urgency.”

The council has received nearly 100 letters of complaint regarding the development, which will be submitted to the planning committee later this month.