More affordable homes, more green space and less congestion shapes MK’s future
Tuesday 21 January 2020
MK Council asks for feedback on draft strategy for city’s next 30 years of growth
Milton Keynes Council has published its draft Milton Keynes Strategy for 2050 which sets out a vision for the future of the city including 120,000 new jobs, affordable homes priced in line with local incomes, a high tech electric road tram system, and expanded green spaces
The strategy is a big picture for how Milton Keynes could grow and change over the next thirty years, similar to how the Master Plan for Milton Keynes published in 1970 was the blueprint for the original growth of the city. The new strategy recommits to many of the reasons Milton Keynes was different and special in the first place, such as its enviable green spaces and low congestion grid roads.
A new long term strategy is intended to inspire urban planners and investors to come up with more creative and well-planned ideas for MK – including innovations to help the city achieve its ambition to be carbon neutral by 2030 and carbon negative by 2050, and to build the right balance of health facilities, school places, community hubs and other infrastructure alongside new housing.
One goal is to make it easier for everyone to travel around the city with less congestion, aided in part by a ‘Mass Rapid Transit System’ connecting key destinations via electric powered trams.
The strategy also calls for a substantial rise in affordable new homes where costs are linked to local incomes, as well as homes in a wider variety of styles, including ones more readily adaptable so people don’t need to leave them should their mobility decline in later life.
Council Leader Cllr Pete Marland said: “This strategy is about collectively ‘dreaming bigger’. Milton Keynes was built on grand ambitions and we want to recapture some of that spirit, to set some really great ideas in motion that will make a positive impact on people living here today and still keep giving fifty years in the future.
“It’s also about making sure Milton Keynes can change with the times. Fifty years ago no one could have predicted the impact of the internet, or climate change. We want to make sure MK stays ready for what’s coming next, with the right kind of flexible facilities.”
The six big ambitions described in the strategy are to:
- Maintain and strengthen the qualities that make Milton Keynes special, particularly our vibrant communities, our parks, lakes and landscape, and our network of grid routes.
- Do whatever we can to ensure that everyone can have their own decent home to rent or buy at a price they can afford. Our young people, in particular, deserve this.
- Grow our businesses, and attract new ones, to provide a good job for everyone who wants to work.
- Make it much easier for everyone to travel around MK, particularly on public transport, on foot and cycle. Our city will continue to be less congested than any other in the UK.
- Provide better opportunities to learn for all – schools, colleges and universities – so that every citizen can benefit from our city’s economic success.
- Reduce MK’s consumption of natural resources so that we will be zero-carbon by 2030
The Council is asking for feedback on the draft strategy before 17 April. Find a copy in all local libraries and online at www.mkfutures2050.com