Help us to plan the future of Milton Keynes
Draft Plan Consultation (March 2017)
Plan:MK (Draft Plan:MK Consultation document (PDF, 9.2MB)) is the development strategy for Milton Keynes outlining how the Borough will grow over the next few years. It is the Council’s new Local Plan for the homes, jobs and infrastructure that will be needed in the Borough for the period until 2031.
Milton Keynes’ population is expected to increase to over 300,000 by 2031 so we need to start managing this growth now.
Created and written using the ideas, comments and feedback from residents and key groups in MK, and independent evidence assessments, the plan covers how and where future development sites will be.
26,500 new homes will be provided over the next 15 years – most already have planning permission with further homes earmarked for development on brownfield sites and sustainable urban extensions to the east and south of MK.
This forward planning is vital to ensure that we get the right balance of housing and industrial development and our local economy continues to thrive; but we also need to maintain what makes MK special - our large amount of green open space, unique grid road and redway networks and the right infrastructure like schools and health provision.
The Key Features of Plan:MK
What happens now?
The Council needs your views on the proposals. From Friday 17th March – 9th June 2017 we are seeking comments from anyone who has an interest in the future of the Borough. Details about how you will be able to have your say on the plans will be published in local media, on our website and on our social media channels.
Send your comments to us:
Online via our consultation portal: http://miltonkeynes.objective.co.uk/portal/planmk
Via email: PlanMK@milton-keynes.gov.uk
In writingusing the Plan:MK representation form (DOCX, 42KB) and sending to:
Civic Offices, 1 Saxon Gate East,
Central Milton Keynes, MK9 3EJ
The closing date for comments is 12 noon on Friday 9th June 2017.
If any individual or group will have difficulty in responding to the consultation by the closing date, they are welcome to discuss this with the Development Plans team who can assist.
Throughout the consultation period Development Plans Officers will be holding a number of consultation events across the Borough. Details of these events can be found at Draft Plan:MK Consultation events.
You can also follow us on Twitter (@mkcouncil) to receive updates on events happening throughout the twelve-week consultation period.
Furthermore you can register to be kept up-to-date with future stages of the plan by emailing your contact details to us at email@example.com
To assist in providing your responses a Draft Plan:MK consultation summary document and an FAQ document can be viewed under the 'Documents' section of this page.
Call for Sites
The Council is currently undertaking a "Call for Sites" to assist in the preparation of a Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA), which will help to inform, and provide part of the evidence base for Plan:MK. Further details on the SHLAA and how to submit sites for the assessment can be found at our SHLAA webpage.
February 2017 (Cabinet)
The Draft Preferred Options Plan:MK was approved for consultation at the Cabinet meeting held on 21 February 2017.
The documents presented at Cabinet can be viewed at following link:
Previous Consultation stages
Strategic Development Directions Consultation: 13 January – 6 April 2016
The consultation sought feedback on a range of development directions that emerged as part of the Plan:MK workshops held in Spring 2015. The consultation provided an opportunity to comment on these development directions or suggest other ideas as to how and where Milton Keynes should grow in the future.
- Plan:MK Strategic Development Directions Consultation Document, Jan - April 2016 (PDF, 2.8MB)
- Responses to SDD Consultation
- Strategic Development Directions Consultation - Summary of Comments (PDF, 1019KB)
Vision Workshops: Spring 2015
A series of workshops were held with a range of key stakeholders to understand what their priorities and ambitions are for the future of the Borough, and to get thoughts on how and where Milton Keynes might grow, and what it might look be like in the future.
Plan:MK Topic Papers: September – December 2014
The first consultation stage for Plan:MK asked stakeholders to explore the various issues that the plan would need to consider through a series of Topic Papers covering a range of issues.
- All the topic papers consulted on can be viewed in the ‘via the following links:
Growth in Housing Topic Paper (PDF, 8.7MB)
Employment and Economic Growth Topic Paper (PDF, 6.7MB)
Town Centres and Retail Topic Paper (PDF, 7.1MB)
Transport and Travel Topic Paper (PDF, 6.4MB)
Provision of Physical and Social Infrastructure Topic Paper (PDF, 5.8MB)
Culture, Recreation and Quality of Life Topic Paper (PDF, 4.9MB)
Rural Issues (PDF, 9.1MB)
Climate Change and Sustainability Topic Paper (PDF, 16.5MB)
Open Space and the Natural Environment Topic Paper (PDF, 19.3MB)
Quality of Place Topic Paper (PDF, 7.1MB)
Duty to Cooperate Topic Paper (PDF, 5.8MB)
The Way Forward Development Strategy Topic Paper (PDF, 21.4MB)
- All comments received can be viewed at: Topic Paper Comments
- A summary report of all the comments received can also be viewed at; PlanMK Topic Papers - Report of Comments, May 2015 (PDF, 2MB)
If you would like further information on the consultations carried out, and preparation of Plan:MK to-date, a detailed note of progress can be viewed here: PlanMK historic consultation timeline (PDF, 112KB)
Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report
As one of the documents to support the preparation of the Plan:MK, we will undertake a Sustainability Appraisal (incorporating a Strategic Environmental Assessment) of the emerging plan, to assess the overall sustainability of the plan and the options and policies within it.
The first stage of the process is to prepare a Scoping Report, which sets out the way in which the Sustainability Appraisal will be used through the plan preparation process. We consulted on this Scoping Report alongside the Topic Papers at the end of 2014.
A copy of the Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report can also be viewed at: Plan:MK Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report, October 2014 (PDF, 1.8MB)