A formal planning document that will be a key part of the framework for Bletchley’s multi-million-pound regeneration is set to be approved by the Leader of Milton Keynes Council next week.
The Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) provides detailed urban design principles and guidance to inform prospective developers on how best to contribute to the sustainable renewal of the town.
- That Queensway should become a real destination by encouraging a wider retail, cultural and leisure offer that stimulates a new day and night-time economy.
- How Central Bletchley should be a ‘walkable neighbourhood’ and highways should be designed as ‘inclusive streets’ to encourage pedestrian movement and provide easy access to green spaces.
- Six ‘opportunity areas’ that are suitable for development, which could result in increased housing choice for residents.
- That the town’s unique technological legacy should be capitalised to increase opportunities for more tech-related start-ups and small businesses.
Councillor Pete Marland, Leader of the Council, said: “It is an exciting time for Bletchley, with it set to be a major intersection of East West Rail and the Council securing the town a cash injection of over £22m.
However, Bletchley does need major investment to ensure it lives up to its potential, and adopting this planning document will help us achieve that. The SPD tells future developers that they must take a holistic and sustainable approach to improving the town, so that it can be enjoyed by future generations.”
Councillor Mohammed Khan, Labour Councillor for Bletchley East, said: “Bletchley has been my home for as long as I can remember; it is a brilliant place with a real sense of pride in its history, and an incredibly strong community. I’m pleased that the Council recognises the value of the town and wants to see it fulfil its potential.”