New canalside quarter for Milton Keynes


Campbell Wharf, which has been shortlisted for the RTPI South East Planning Excellence for Homes 2020 Award, has transformed an underwhelming canalside location into a vibrant and unique development. The scheme includes 383 new homes, a nursery, a pub, retail and commercial units, public open spaces and a short-stay marina.

Extensive pre-application engagement and partnership-working was involved with this scheme, with all development partners supporting the final proposal and 86% public support for the overall scheme at a public exhibition event.

The site has created an impetus for growth and improved the viability of surrounding undeveloped land. The scheme has also unlocked the start of the new Bedford to Milton Keynes Waterway.

What we did

  •  Secured reserved matters consent for a mixed use development on the West bank of the Grand Union Canal

  • Obtained a separate hybrid planning permission on the East bank of the canal with a new bridge joining the two sites

  • Coordinated the design team throughout the pre-application and planning application process

  • Arranged the public consultation event at the CMK shopping centre 

  • Managed the political and stakeholder consultation


  • Met the client’s demanding timeframe on submission of reserved matters prior to expiry of the outline planning permission

  • Secured the required permissions to enable the client to complete the land deal with the site owners (MK Development Partnership)

  • Used our high level contacts with the Milton Keynes planning department to push the applications through the system

  • Retained the favourable affordable housing provision from historic planning policy for the client

  • Following stakeholder consultation, the proposals enjoyed the support of the local parish and town councils

  • Development includes the start to the new Bedford to Milton Keynes Waterway Park.

Campbell Wharf


Image: Gardiner Stewart Architects (GSA) 

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