City Council objects to Buckinghamshire development plans on Milton Keynes border

Cllr James Lancaster

Milton Keynes City Council is set to formally object to a development on the edge of Milton Keynes, with concerns raised over the impact it would have on the city’s infrastructure and services.

City Council Leader Cllr Peter Marland will take a decision next week (3/10) to submit a technical response to Buckinghamshire Council’s consultation on the Shenley Park application.

The Buckinghamshire development, Shenley Park, would see over 1,200 homes built on land just opposite Tattenhoe and Kingsmead, but out of the city’s boundary.

Concerns have been raised by residents and council members over the potential increased pressure on Milton Keynes' services such as GP access and busy roads like the H6 and A421.

Worries residents have been rallying together in a bid to save a much-loved piece of green land in Kingsmead as Crest Nicholson plans propose an extension of the H6 Childs Way as part of the development. The City Council suggests that the evidence is currently "too poor" to agree to the road proposals.

The proposed response will recommend that Milton Keynes City Council objects to the development, with the City Council stating that Buckinghamshire Council’s Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) does not meet the planning standards of Milton Keynes.

Cllr Peter Marland, Leader of MK City Council, said: “We are being very clear that Milton Keynes City Council opposes the Shenley Park development.

Cllr James Lancaster, who represents Tattenhoe ward, added: “I have discussed this matter in a constructive way with the Leader of the City Council and I am pleased that the submission to Buckinghamshire Council will make it clear that we oppose the development and the current proposals for the road.”

"The ill-conceived plan will only exacerbate the traffic issues, funneling cars from over 1000 new homes into an already congested area during peak hours," Cllr Shazna Muzammil said previously, when fighting against plans.

"Moreover, the road will come by plowing through a cherished green space that residents hold dear, the only green space for residents to use. We need more green spaces, not take it all away."

The councillor also says the development could push local GP surgeries 'to the brink'.