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New Bucks council sets out MK growth opposition

The Shadow Authority's executive are talking about the plans which go up to 2050.

Published by Dan Gooding at 5:50am 10th March 2020. 3-minute read.

New Bucks council sets out MK growth opposition

Worries about plans for Milton Keynes' growth are being talked about by our new council this morning.

The shadow Buckinghamshire Council aren't impressed with the town's plans to build homes on Aylesbury Vale land, saying authorities here haven't been properly consulted.

A letter to MK Council says there needs to be collaboration on a plan to benefit everyone.

It says:

MK Council should be working collaboratively and respectfully on any growth proposals and development sites which cross its border into its neighbouring authority areas.

The Strategy’s proposed encroachment of development over the borough boundary of MK should be for the future Local Plan for Buckinghamshire to decide, working in conjunction with residents and communities.

Buckinghamshire Council will be undertaking discussions with neighbouring authorities as part of its own preparation of the new Local Plan as part of the duty to cooperate. It is also noted that MK intend to invite neighbouring local authorities to participate in new delivery arrangements to improve coordination and delivery of growth across boundaries.

However, future working would need to be truly collaborative and not based on growth proposals set down by MK but developed at the right time and in accordance with the level of growth aspirations of each individual area.

Potential plans include building around areas like Winslow, which is already covered by the Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan.

Back in January, Bucks County Council and AVDC both announced they were unimpressed with the draft strategy.

In response then, MK Council said:

"We’ve produced our draft Strategy for 2050 to put forward a vision for the future growth of Milton Keynes to encourage people to get involved in the discussion.

"The propositions in the Strategy do not commit local planning authorities to bring forward growth in this way.

"If you’d like to make a comment on the draft Strategy, please get in touch via email MKFutures@milton-keynes.gov.uk before 17 April 2020.  Feedback can also be submitted by post and on social media @Futures2050MK."

Find out more about the plan here.

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