A year after submission, last week Plan:MK was adopted as the strategic Local Plan document to shape growth of the borough to 2031. Planning Associate, Mark Harris gives his insight into what is next for Milton Keynes.
Plan:MK was adopted on the 20th March as the strategic Local Plan document to shape growth of the borough for a minimum of 26,500 homes, almost a year after submission. Planning Partner, Mike Jones explains the key areas of the plan.
EIA screening determines whether a project is or is not an EIA development. The screening process has evolved over recent years and become increasingly complex. There is one opportunity to get it right.
In 2017 the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) published its recommendations for achieving the economic potential of the Oxbridge Growth Corridor. We believe the economic outcomes delivered by the investment and strategic approach may be greater than anticipated.
The Oxbridge Growth Corridor is now a national priority. Linking the highly successful knowledge-based economies of Cambridge and Oxford is a government strategy (NIC 2017) to drive economic growth across this region by policy proposals focussing on transport (road and rail) and 1 million new homes by 2050.
The Varsity Line is a new East-West Rail line between Oxford and Cambridge, which is due to be completed by the year 2030. This rail link is part of a bigger transport and infrastructure initiative underway in the Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford (CaMkOx) corridor.
The knowledge corridor from Oxford to Cambridge is of vital national economic importance; home to leading international universities and science and technology companies. The CaMkOx Arc may prove to be one of the UK’s most economically significant infrastructure ventures, but its delivery isn’t a forgone conclusion.