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Council asks for public feedback on Plan: MK Strategic Development Directions of Growth

Milton Keynes Council is asking the public and all interested parties for feedback on four possible directions of growth for future development.

The consultation on Strategic Development Directions started on Wednesday 13 January 2016 and will run for 12 weeks (closing on 6 April 2016).

A drop in session for local residents will be held at the Wavendon Community Centre on Tuesday 1 March 2016.

The session is intended to run from 6:30pm to approximately 9.00pm with the following running order:

  • 6:30 – 7:30pm: display boards will be set up for any early comers to view and officers will be present to discuss any questions.
  • 7:30 – 8:00pm: formal PowerPoint presentation will be given by officers: This will outline the stage we are at with Plan:MK; details of the current consultation, including discussion on the development directions; and details of how to respond to the consultation.
  • 8:00 – 9:00pm: a formal Q&A session

Milton Keynes Council will be bringing a display board set on the night which will include large copies of each of the maps from the consultation document, details of the consultation and examples of the types of questions that are asked within the document. The council will also be bringing a second copy of all the display documents which they will lay out on tables or put on walls etc. There will also be the PowerPoint presentation as well.
During the presentation the council will outline all the formats for responding to the consultation and will be encouraging people to use the online portal. The council will however also be bringing hard copies of the comments form for people to take away, or fill in on the night (although we will obviously be encouraging people to view the full document before providing a response).
There will be two officers present on the night (potentially 3 if required). The Q&A session will be a formal, structured session.

The four directions of growth were developed following a series of workshops held last year and a range of stakeholders, including members of the public were asked to discuss their priorities and ambitions for the future of Milton Keynes. These potential development options include development to the West, South-West and/or South of the present city, development east of the M1, intensification and redevelopment in the existing urban area, and one or more satellite settlements in the rural area.

Their feedback has been summarised in this consultation document and the Council is now asking for further comments from the public on these possible directions of growth, and asks if it should form the long-term plan for the Borough.

In addition, the Council welcomes input about what people think the overall ‘vision’ for Milton Keynes should be including any long term opportunities that could be encouraged.

Cllr Mick Legg, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Plan: MK said, “I encourage everyone to get involved in this important consultation as it will have a huge far-reaching impact on all residents of MK so it’s vital you have your say now”

“Plan: MK will set out how the city will grow and develop over the next few years which is why we are asking the public to decide what goes in it”

“Plan: MK will set out the spatial vision for the city which fits neatly into the work of the MK Futures 20:50 commission ensuring that growth is sustainable, achievable and most importantly, right for the residents of MK.”

Additional information on Plan:MK and these development options can be found on the Council’s website at http://www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/consultations the consultation document will also be available in the local libraries and in other locations around the Borough.

There will also be events arranged throughout January, February and March when Planning officers will be on hand to explain the consultation and answer any questions you may have.

Comments can be made using the Council’s online consultation portal at http://miltonkeynes-consult.objective.co.uk/ , or emailed to planmk@milton-keynes.gov.uk

Alternatively post comments to:

Development Plans Team

Milton Keynes Council

Civic Offices

1 Saxon Gate East

Central Milton Keynes

MK9 3EJ

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