It has been announced that more than 1,000 houses could be built in the city if the Milton Keynes site allocations plan is adopted. Milton Keynes Council has set aside land for developers to build on to ensure that the city is meeting its 2013 core strategy, which sets out that 1,750 houses per year are built in the city.
Residents in Woburn Sands are outraged at plans which could see more than 400 houses built, according to one campaigner. The site allocations plan also shows that between 225 and 250 homes could be built in Olney and land for up to 450 homes has been set aside for Newport Pagnell.
The Milton Keynes site allocations plan from Milton Keynes Council has earmarked land at four sites in Woburn Sands, which could see up to 429 houses built by developers.
The sites include 54 potential houses on land to the east of Vandyke Close, 196 houses on land occupied by the old Storey Homes site, 92 houses on land opposite Hillway to the south of Frosts, and 87 houses may be build on land adjacent to Wyevale Garden Centre, Newport Road.
Nick Luke, who is spearheading a campaign to reduce the number of houses for the area, said: “This is a mega bombshell for the area. “Any such increase in the population would have a dramatic effect on local services. “It is an intolerable increase and it cannot happen because Woburn Sands cannot cope with this.” However, Woburn Sands is not the only village that has been earmarked for developers to build houses on.
The village of Sherington in Newport Pagnell is also highlighted as a key area. The plan says: “In Olney and Newport Pagnell, Neighbourhood Plans are being prepared in the context of providing sufficient deliverable housing land to meet Milton Keynes Council’s rural target. “However, these plans are subject to a referendum. Therefore, even if they are positively prepared and propose the allocation of sufficient levels of housing land, there is no guarantee the referendum will be successful and the plan formally ‘made.’”
Mr Luke wants people wanting to comment on the proposals to email firstname.lastname@example.org by November 5, which is the deadline for the consultation of the site allocations plan.