Celebrating the first anniversary of MKDP at Milton Keynes Market

In April 2023 MKDP took over operation of Milton Keynes Market, located in the heart of the city.

Building on its 40-year history, our goal was to create a modern and dynamic market that would boost the local economy by drawing traders and shoppers from across the city’s vibrant communities.

Over the past year we have implemented a programme of change to take the market from strength to strength – including modernising its operations, new market stalls and traders, and visual and technical upgrades.

New team, brand, and management software

Our new six-person market team was appointed to oversee day-to-day operations and to ensure we’re building meaningful relationships with shoppers, traders, and neighbours like Centre:MK.

We’ve invested in new branding, a new website, appointed a social media consultant, and introduced new staff uniforms – all of which helps us to spread the word about the market as a destination.

We have successfully transitioned all traders to a new management software system, including digital licenses, electronic payments, and statutory compliance auditing and monitoring.

Investing in people and facilities

Our investment in facilities has included refurbished offices and welfare areas, including new trader toilets, plus a new CCTV system and COSHH cabinets for safety and security.

Across the site we have undertaken electrical work and drainage surveys, followed by significant repairs and maintenance.

We have also invested in staff training including first aid training, ACT Terrorism training, and defibrillator training.

A cleaner, greener market

Across the site we have cut all waste by 50 per cent.

We undertook a deep clean of all walkways and awnings, and brought the new branding to life across the market with painted columns in market colours, branded stall covers, and tables for food traders.

We also introduced new rules to ensure walkways are kept clear and tidy and so that lines of sight are kept open.

What’s planned for the year ahead?

This programme of change is just the start, and we’re excited to continually improve the market so that it remains a vital part of Milton Keynes.

Looking ahead, we will increase electricity supply to enable continued growth, we will install new lighting, and will continue to invest in training for gas and fire safety.

We’re also installing new stalls and will relocate some stalls to improve sight lines from Centre:MK and to provide additional events space.

To find out more about the market and what’s coming up, please visit our website.

New proposals revealed for north side of Campbell Park

The developers creating a new neighbourhood on the north side Campbell Park in Milton Keynes have unveiled revised plans for the scheme’s first phase by the side of the Grand Union canal.

Urban Splash and Glenbrook first submitted plans last year, however following a public consultation on the plans held by Milton Keynes City Council the developers decided to withdraw their planning application and revise the designs.

Plans for the development have now been updated to account for feedback from local residents, with a reduction in the height of planned buildings and a new leisure space on site.

The revised plans now feature:

  • Five buildings with a range of heights (from 6 to 12 storeys), but all substantially lower than the towers previously proposed
  • A reduced number of homes – down from 450 to around 400
  • A new café, restaurant or bistro by the canal
  • A cycle link connecting to the existing Redway network
  • Biodiversity improvements to protect nature by the canal, including bat-friendly lighting, green roofs, and new wildflower meadows and wetlands areas

Urban Splash was appointed as the developer partner on the wider Campbell Park site by MKDP, committing to the creation of approximately 1,500 new homes. In the summer of 2023, it announced a joint venture partnership with Glenbrook who will support the delivery of the first part of the site.

Adam Sciberras, special projects director at MKDP, said: “We’re pleased to see these plans come forward, which have been revised with close consideration to the feedback last year – lowering the height of the buildings. The skyline in Milton Keynes is evolving, but we must engage with the community as part of that.”

Nathan Cornish, director at Urban Splash, said: “The feedback on our original proposals was clear: people did not want to see such tall buildings in this location. So we’ve reduced the number of homes proposed for the site, and significantly cut the height of the buildings.

“We’re still listening, and we’re going back out to consult the public again before we submit a new planning application.”

Sunny Johal, Glenbrook development director, said: “This is phase one of a larger planned development across the north side of Campbell Park, so it’s really important that we get this right. That’s why we’re happy to make these changes to ensure that the homes and public spaces truly reflect the aspirations of the local community.

“The park and the canal are two of the city’s best assets, and we want to complement them by creating green landscapes, play areas, enhanced walking and cycle routes to link up the Redways, and a pub or café to let people sit out next to the canal.”