The Core Strategy has changed and for the residents of Wavendon Gate that means that next door an additional 400(ish) homes will be built near to their homes (For a map click here). Cllr Lee Barney said "I am disappointed that the public inspector felt the need to increase the housing stock for Milton Keynes in an area that is already feeling the strain of poor public facilities. Whilst I have been working to ensure that the new development before the modification was built with enhanced capacity for GP Surgeries etc this I feel is a serious challenge. I remain concerned that there will be significant pressure on local schools, doctors and dentists and these are things that I have been saying for over a year now. Unfortunately at the last full council session I was the only one to vote against these proposals which means that the core strategy is now out for public consultation. Your views are incredibly important and the Council need to hear from you.
I will be working to ensure your not disadvantaged by this build and I will be working hard to ensure that facilities are built to take on the strain of the new development. However, I need your help! Please get in touch with me via email or letter and let me know how you feel about this development. I have heard from many hundreds of residents on the previous version of the Core Strategy and now I need to here from you."
The Council has published the following quick facts:
· The consultation runs from 16 January - 27 February 2013.
· The Core Strategy is the main planning policy document to show where and when strategic developments should happen in and around Milton Keynes by 2026.
· The changes to the Core Strategy on which we are consulting arise directly from the recent public hearings of the Core Strategy Examination and are being requested by the independent Planning Inspector who oversaw the Examination, in order to make the Core Strategy “sound” and “legally compliant”.
· The consultation is only on the changes (the 'main modifications') now being proposed to the Core Strategy - ie it does not re-open debate on those parts of the Core Strategy which have not been changed. For example, comments on the Strategic Land Allocation can address the impact that the proposed additional land will have, rather than re-opening discussion on the principle of the allocation of the SLA as a whole.