MK New Town Heritage Register

Old Groveway - MK New Town Heritage Register
Old Groveway, Simpson, Phippen, Randall & Parkes, 1974-77


The Register

Milton Keynes is the last, largest and most ambitious of the all the new towns, the combination of its scale, distinctive grid layout, architectural and landscape driven design will not be seen again in this country. Its architecture, art, planning, green landscapes, public realm and infrastructure all contribute to its unique character and its local, national and international significance.

Some individual new town assets have already been recognised by the government and its advisors, Historic England as being nationally important, being designated grade II listed buildings.

However, beyond these are many buildings, structures, landscapes, artworks and places of local significance that are valued because they contribute to the distinctive identity of Milton Keynes.

The MK New Town Heritage Register seeks to identify, bring together and celebrate those assets that make an important contribution in order to inform planning decisions that affect them. It also hopes to form a basis on which to positively promote the unique new town heritage of Milton Keynes, aiding investment and other cultural projects. Ultimately, the Heritage Register website will show the location and nature of the assets, bringing together walks and tours to help residents, visitors and workers in MK understand, appreciate and enjoy it.


Nominations to The Register - 23 January to 23 March 2018

Milton Keynes Council is seeking nominations to the Register.

Anyone can nominate an asset via this website (during the period set out above). You will need to explain how you feel the asset meets the approved selection criteria (a link to the criteria and accompanying notes is immediately below). To help with this, a number of ‘showcase’ assets will serve as examples of the type of assets that can be nominated and how they meet the selection criteria.  

Following the close of the nomination period, the nominations will undergo an initial technical sift. Those that progress will be considered by a selection panel made up of experts and local stakeholders. The selection panel will pass its recommendation to Milton Keynes Council for final approval to add to The Register.

The conclusion of this stage will result in the first incarnation of the New Town Heritage Register. After this, the process will continue around any further nominations that are made.


Selection Criteria

Selection Criteria (PDF, 1.6MB).  These are the adopted criteria that must be met for an asset to be added to the New Town Heritage Register. The criteria are on page 4, explanatory notes on pages 3 to 7.

The Significance of Milton Keynes New Town

Statement of Significance (PDF, 14.7MB). This adopted document assesses the significance of Milton Keynes new town in the wider context, identifies key themes on which the selection criteria are based.


Ashton House - MK New Town Heritage Register
Ashton House, Silbury Boulevard, Milton Keynes Development Corporation, 1975-79


MK New Town Heritage Register - a 'local list'

Such schemes have been used widely by local authorities, normally referred to as a ‘local list’. A local list must not be confused with the statutory list of ‘Buildings of Architectural and Historic Interest’, or ‘listed buildings’, as they are more commonly known. The latter are considered nationally significant and designated by the government and Historic England, works to them are controlled under separate legislation.

Adding an asset to a local list does not bring additional consent requirements  or restrictions over and above those already required for planning permission. It can however, help to inform planning decisions in a way that conserves and enhances local character and identity but allows growth. Under the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), the conservation and contribution of heritage assets on a local list is a material consideration in planning decisions that directly affect them or their setting.

A local list does not seek to protect every asset from a theme. For assets to be added to the MK New Town Heritage Register they must meet the selection criteria. The MK New Town Register is aimed at informing balanced development proposals and planning decisions, celebrating the local identity of MK and positively promoting its unique heritage.

New Town Statutorily Listed Buildings

The architectural interest and artistic significance of the following buildings and sculptures has already been identified by government, they are all statutorily grade II listed buildings:

The Shopping Building, Central Library, the former bus station (Elder Gate), houses at Cofferidge Close, Silver Street Stony Stratford, Octo (CMK) and 2MS Series No.1 sculpture (Bletchley).

Last Updated: 11 January 2018