30 affordable homes delivered on MKDP-owned land

Milton Keynes Development Partnership has transferred its land at Highgate Over to Grand Union Housing Group who have developed 30 affordable homes on the site.

The first occupiers have moved in to the scheme, which sits to the east of the city centre, and provides 100% affordable housing comprising a mix of shared ownership and social rent.

Matthew Green, Property Development Director at MKDP said: “Facilitating the supply of affordable housing in and around the city is a key part of MKDP’s role. These high-quality apartments in a desirable location are a great contribution and we look forward to seeing them fully occupied soon.”

Dave Lakin, Grand Union’s Director of Development & Commercial said: “In these uncertain times, everyone should have a safe, comfortable and affordable home and that’s exactly what we’ve delivered. We identified that this site would be ideal for a mix of affordable tenures including shared ownership and homes for social rent. Both are desperately needed in Milton Keynes, which was emphasised by how quickly they were all let and sold. We have created high quality housing, in a very sustainable location, close to amenities, transport, education and employment in Walnut Tree and wider Milton Keynes, which was achieved in partnership with MKDP, our contractors, consultants and Homes England.”

Brian Harding, Managing Director of Catalyst Land Solutions who was appointed by Grand Union as their development consultant and  employer’s agent said: “We worked with MKDP to take it through planning. Our team also provided quantity surveying, clerk of works and project management services from design through construction to completion.  We have good relationships with MKDP’s team of experienced property professionals which made the whole process straightforward.”

The site was constructed by Watson and Cox construction, supported by GSS Architecture who completed the relevant RIBA design stages.

MKDP intends to become operator for Milton Keynes Market

Milton Keynes Development Partnership (MKDP) has announced its intention to take over management of Milton Keynes Market in April 2023 from existing operator Bray Associates.

Adam Sciberras, MKDP’s Special Projects Director said: “During 2022 we started looking for potential development partners to define the future of Milton Keynes Market and work with us to create a stronger retail and food destination for Central Milton Keynes, with a more dynamic and modern customer experience.

“Having explored this in great detail, we believe that an in-house team who work in the city and, in the main, live in the area too, is best placed to manage the market and evolve the existing offer. This has the potential to bring great social value and improve what is an essential resource for a significant proportion of Milton Keynes’ residents, particularly those with lower incomes.”