Intu Development Given Green Light

A controversial planning application to develop the city’s shopping Centre was given the green light by council planners last Thursday.

IntuLast Thursday, councilors voted in favour of the development at a meeting last night. The scheme will create a new dining quarter over two levels and a five-screen boutique cinema. The space in and around Oak Court and Midsummer Boulevard will also be remodeled to provide a welcoming environment and enhanced ambience. Intu submitted its planning application in May this year following a public consultation and last night Milton Keynes Council gave its approval – despite protests from the public gallery. Martin Breeden, regional director of Intu, said: “We’re delighted that our proposals have been approved. “Intu Milton Keynes is already the premium fashion pitch in the city and these plans will strengthen its position, creating a contemporary destination for customers to shop, eat, relax and socialize. “We’ve had some good interest in the scheme as brands recognize the opportunity that Milton Keynes provides.” Protestors, including Xplain chairman Linda Inoki said many people were upset after finding out from outside sources, about Intu bosses giving their online support for the planning application as members of the public.