What should MK look like in 2050 and beyond?

Experts tasked with creating an “ambitious vision” for Milton Keynes will determine the city’s future over the next 35 years.

MK Futures 2050 Commission has united nine leading figures to engage the public in the debate – and find out their aspirations for the city.

It is hoped the project will help develop a framework, or a so-called ‘deal’ with government, businesses and other relevant stakeholders to help deliver the vision for the city’s future.

Commission chairman Sir Peter Gregson, vice-chancellor at Cranfield University, launched the project at The Pinnacle last week.

He said: “This is an ambitious project which asks: ‘What should Milton Keynes look like in 2050?’

“Over the coming months we will be developing an ambitious vision for the city informed by its future demands of infrastructure, economy, environment and technological developments.

“I’m clear that the success of this project must start and end with engagement of local residents. As commissioners we need to hear about the type of city that people want to live in, what their ambitions are for the city and what they believe makes Milton Keynes special.”

Presentations were held at the launch last week where speakers talked about what makes Milton Keynes a great place and “how it could be made even greater”. This was followed by a lively open forum Q&A session with the audience.

Once the commission’s research is completed, an evidence-based report will be produced and put forward to Milton Keynes Council by July 2016.

Fellow commissioner Pete Winkelman said: “Milton Keynes is moving onwards and upwards, we are a city of firsts and we continue to change, adapt, grow and innovate – that’s what we do. There is one constant with Milton Keynes – and that is change.

“For the MK Futures 2050 campaign we want to hear from everyone from every walk of life, from local residents, businesses, people working in the private and public sectors, the charity sectors – we want to hear from everyone.”

> Get involved in the debate by tweeting comments to @Futures2050MK or email MKFutures@Milton-keynes.gov.uk