Plan:MK, which will define the Council’s current plans for development until 2031, is out for consultation until 20th December. An exhibition about it is at Kingston Library until Saturday 9th December.
The Plan includes catering for the number of houses that MK’s growing population will need, and a wide variety of jobs to go with them, with most new jobs in “knowledge based” sectors, and new schools, health centres, community centres, etc. in the new major development areas as well as a major expansion in CMK. It will see MK’s population rise to 350-400,000 by 2031.
A number of small sites for development had already been approved in Monkston ward, including:
- Ladbroke Grove, Monkston Park (housing)
- Lilleshall Avenue, Monkston (housing)
- The schools at Kents Hill Park
- Walton Manor (part housing part employment)
And very close to Monkston ward:
- The Eastern Expansion area including Broughton Gate and Brooklands for housing, and Magna Park for employment
- The Strategic Land Allocation along the H8 (A421) towards the motorway and to the east of Old Farm Park
- The land on the corner of Towergate and Groveway in Wavendon Gate
- The completion of Oakgrove
A few additional sites in Monkston ward are now proposed in Plan:MK:
- Lindisfarne Drive (the part opposite the end of Wymondham near the V11) (housing)
- Wadhurst Lane – the land between Waltham Drive and Wadhurst Lane opposite the school (housing)
- The remaining land at Kents Hill Park apart from the Parks Trust land (housing and the private hospital)
- The land on the corner of Hindhead Knoll and Highgate Over in Walnut Tree (housing)
- The land on the corner of Hindhead Knoll and Lichfield Down in Walnut Tree (housing)
- The land on the corner of Wadesmill Lane and Lichfield Down in Walnut Tree (housing)
- The land on the corner of Hockliffe Brae and Twyford Lane in Walnut Tree (housing)
All of these sites had previously been reserved for future development, and the Walnut Tree ones were in the Neighbourhood Plan, although Walton Community Council wanted a day nursery and more parking as part of the Wadesmill Lane site.
And sites nearby:
- Land on the corner between Isaacson Drive and Ortensia Drive in Wavendon Gate
- Land on the corner between Britten Grove and Byrd Crescent in Old Farm Park
- A new major site extending the city between Wavendon and The Brickhills accessed from an extension to the H1
All in the Neighbourhood Plan.
Please have your say on the proposals by 20th December 2017. The changes that can be made at this stage are limited, but if you have serious concerns about any of it please let Cllr Jenni Ferrans know, as well as responding formally, and we will see whether we can alleviate the issues.