Milton Keynes East is a “strategic urban extension to Milton Keynes”
A public consultation on Milton Keynes East is now open. This is a plan to develop land to the west of Moulsoe, south of Newport Pagnell and adjacent to Willen and Pineham.
To the west of the development is the M1, and the plans include a new bridge over the motorway to link Milton Keynes East to the MK town centre.
There would be a ‘woodland buffer’, a 20 acre development to include orchards and allotments between Moulsoe and the new development.
The developers St James Group say the neighbourhood will provide a mix of homes for people of all ages and backgrounds. St James, together with developer Bloor Homes, will build 4,000 of them and the remaining 1,000 will be delivered by Milton Keynes Council and other stakeholders.
Ashley Spearing, development director, St James Group, said:
“Milton Keynes East is a strategic urban extension to Milton Keynes, allocated for growth within the Councils Local Plan, Plan:MK, to contribute towards the housing and employment needs of Milton Keynes, being delivered by St James, part of the Berkeley Group.
“Milton Keynes Council, working with the Berkeley Group, has the opportunity to utilise £94.6m of central government Housing Infrastructure Funding to provide infrastructure before expansion, delivering early improvements to local infrastructure including a new bridge over the M1, a new 3FE primary school and community health hub.
“St James, part of the Berkeley Group, plans to submit an outline planning application for the housing and employment and a detailed planning application for the highways infrastructure in Spring 2021.
“The Initial highways infrastructure works are planned to commence in summer 2022 and finish in 2024 before commencement of the construction of new housing and employment.
“Milton Keynes East will be a comprehensively planned new neighbourhood, with a community hub at its heart. The new neighbourhood will deliver approximately 4,000 individually designed, mixed tenure homes, for people of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy a great quality of life.”
The plan includes an employment zone of approximately 4 million square feet. This, the developers say, will provide capacity for at least 4,000 new job opportunities at the epicentre of the Oxford Cambridge arc. Ashley Spearing said:
“Milton Keynes East will deliver three new primary schools, with an early years’ provision, along with a new 10 Form Entry secondary school. The new neighbourhood will be truly landscape led, delivering over 90 hectares of green publically accessible open space, including a new 45 hectare Linear Park along the River Ouzel.
“Milton Keynes East will expand the grid road network east of the M1 motorway, with two new grid road corridors and redway networks. The A509 will split into two new grid roads, which in turn will increase transport capacity and resilience.
“The new bridge over the M1 motorway will provide a fast, direct route into Central Milton Keynes providing an alternative to utilising Junction 14 at peak times.
“The proposals align with Milton Keynes Councils ambitions for their 2050 strategy, including encouraging the use of walking and cycling, facilitating a route for mass rapid transit in the future and utilising the concept of a 15 minute neighbourhood, which is dementia friendly.
“St James has committed to working with the Council on promoting a low carbon neighbourhood which will support Milton Keynes’ ambition to be carbon neutral by 2030.”
St James said it has distributed a Milton Keynes East consultation newsletter to over 23,000 residential and business addresses surrounding the site.
The Consultation Website provides more information about the proposals. A spokesperson for St James said that there will be a presentation on the plans at a Cranfield Parish Council meeting in April.