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Vale villages could feel impact of Milton Keynes expansion

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Date Published: 08/10/07

Aylesbury Vale could take on thousands of new homes after a neighbouring council identified land around Newton Longville as a potential area for development. Milton Keynes Council is working on a new ‘core strategy’ planning document ...

Aylesbury Vale could take on thousands of new homes after a neighbouring council identified land around Newton Longville as a potential area for development.

Milton Keynes Council is working on a new ‘core strategy’ planning document to guide development in and around the city. Planners have identified several areas for development, including land in Aylesbury Vale.

The council’s preferred strategy for growth includes expanding Milton Keynes into the Newton Longville area, with 7,500 new homes to be built by 2026. In addition to this, the strategy also identifies ‘reserve sites’ for a further 11,850 new homes to the south east of Newton Longville and to the south of Newport Pagnell by 2031, or sooner if other sites do not get developed.

Milton Keynes Council has now published its preferred options for public consultation and Aylesbury Vale residents have until 8 November to comment on the plans. Aylesbury Vale District Council is encouraging residents in the north of the Vale to have their say on the development proposals. The council will be considering its official response to the consultation at a cabinet meeting on 6 November.

AVDC has been vehement in its opposition to the expansion of Milton Keynes around Newton Longville and has argued that development should be east of the M1 rather than around the villages on the south-western fringes of Milton Keynes. This proposal was rejected in August by a panel of government-appointed inspectors who examined the draft South East Plan – the long-term strategy for future development in the south east region.

The independent review of the plan – known as an Examination in Public (EiP) – recommends that 5,390 new homes be built around the Newton Longville area of Aylesbury Vale by 2026. This housing allocation is lower than that contained in Milton Keynes Council’s preferred options document, which was approved by Milton Keynes councillors before the inspectors’ report was published.

The panel’s report will be considered by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and any proposed modifications to the South East Plan are expected to be consulted on at the end of the year or early 2008. Milton Keynes Council insists that any proposed changes made by the Secretary of State will be taken into account when preparing its core strategy document for submission to government.

Councillor Carole Paternoster, Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning, said: “AVDC has consistently voiced its opposition to the scale of development around Newton Longville and we will be carefully considering our own response to the preferred options document. Many district residents have already responded to previous planning consultations but I would like to stress, however, that it is just as important that people respond to this latest stage and make known any views they have on Milton Keynes Council’s preferred strategy.”

The government wants to see around 49,950 new homes and the same number of new jobs in Milton Keynes by 2026. Further growth will be needed up to 2031.

Feedback from Aylesbury Vale residents will help Milton Keynes Council develop a preferred core strategy option for submission to government next year.

Further information, along with the consultation document, can be found at www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/planning-policy/core-strategy or by contacting the development plans team by telephone on 01908 252599.

Contact information

Telephone:

01296 585099

Email:

communications@aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk