Decision on £30million multi-storey car park at John Lewis expected tonight

A decision on whether to give the go-ahead for plans for new mutli-storey car park in the centre of Milton Keynes will be made tonight. (thurs)

Milton Keynes Council’s development control committee will consider the controversial £30 million plan which has divided opinion with organisations including Xplain and MK Development Partnership calling for the scheme to be scrapped.

The plans were revealed in April with people invited to have their say on the proposals which will increase the number of parking spaces in central Milton Keynes after car parking was highlighted as the biggest single issue identified by shoppers and retailers in the city centre.

The joint owners submitted plans for the new multi-storey car park on the site of the current John Lewis surface level car park in Marlborough Street.

The modern facility will have over 1,400 new car parking spaces. A visitor-friendly pay on departure system will also mean that visitors will no longer have to predict how long they intend to stay for as soon as they arrive, encouraging longer stays.

The joint owners of centre:mk propose financing the £30 million cost from its own resources without relying on any investment from the public purse. The design of the car park would reflect the unique character of central Milton Keynes and the shopping centre’s status as a listed building.

James Waugh, centre director, said: “If the centre of Milton Keynes is to be reinvigorated, more and better car parking needs to be provided. The shopping centre sits at the heart of Milton Keynes and so we are really pleased to come up with a plan to provide a solution to one of the biggest challenges the city currently faces.

The meeting will be held at the Civic Offices at 7pm tonight.