Milton Keynes Council Development Review Forum

The next Development Review Forum will be held online via MS Teams on Monday 1 November from 5.30pm – 7.30pm. 

The following developments will be discussed:

  • The redevelopment of the Santander facility at Shenley Wood to provide around 300 dwellings
  • The redevelopment of the Ex-Travis Perkins builders yard site on Simpson Road, Bletchley to 102 flats of 1,2 & 3 bedrooms, including parking provisions and landscaping

Please contact Neil Sainsbury, Head of Placemaking by the 29 October if you are interested in attending.

Who Can Attend?

  • The forum is a public meeting and anyone can attend.

Overall Aims of Forum

  • Streamline the planning application process by addressing stakeholder comments on design at the pre-application stage.
  • Improve quality of design elements within schemes.
  • Raise profile of design.
  • Allow for greater input by local stakeholders on design issues with aim of reducing local objections.


  • An opportunity for developers to present their scheme at pre-application to stakeholders and make any changes in light of comments received.

What is in Scope

  • Focus is on design (layout and building/s appearance but can include landscaping and highway related matters, eg parking).
  • A report of what was said at the Forum will form part of case officer's application report.

What is out of Scope?

  • Discussion on principle of development or development's impact on surrounding area, eg road network.

Timing / Sequencing of Forum in the Planning Application Process

  • Application should ideally come to the Forum after initial review of scheme by officers as part of the pre-application process.


  • The Forum is voluntary although MK Council initiated schemes will be submitted to the Forum.


  • The Forum will take place every 2 months on Monday at MK Council Civic Offices from 6pm -7.30pm.
  • Meetings will be informal.
  • A maximum of 2 applications will be presented and discussed at each Forum. The format for each application will be as follows:
    • Presentation by the applicant/agent – 15 minutes
    • Questions and views from stakeholders present – 15 minutes
    • Response by applicant to questions/comments – 15 minutes

Forum Meetings

Forum meetings are held in Room 1.05/06 in the MKC Civic Offices:

  • 4 March 2020
  • 2 November 2020
  • 5 July 2021 (MS Teams)


  • The Forum will form part of the pre-application process. The Forum is not open for applicants who do not enter into a pre-application or planning performance agreement with the Local Planning Authority.

Chairing Arrangements

  • The Forum will be chaired by someone from the Urban Design Team supported by the relevant case officers.

Terms of Reference

Past Meeting Notes

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Last Updated: 13 October 2021