Grange Farm: A new residential development opportunity launches

Milton Keynes Development Partnership (MKDP) is pleased to launch an opportunity for residential development of the land off Singleton Drive, Grange Farm, Milton Keynes.

Situated on the western side of the city, Grange Farm is an allocated housing site for 22 dwellings. The area is well served by local amenities including schools and convenience facilities.

In line with MKDP targets and commitments, 36 per cent of homes on the 1.35 acre site must be affordable.

Damien Lippett, Development Manager at MKDP, said: “Milton Keynes was established with growth in mind. We have seen numerous successful developments come to fruition in recent years, enhancing the city’s high-quality environment and creating a great place to live.

“Grange Farm provides a great opportunity for the right developer to be part of the ongoing expansion of a unique city.”

A single stage informal tender will be undertaken to select an appropriate developer and

scheme for the site.

The deadline for submissions is 2pm on Friday 5th April 2024.

Find out more here  or get in touch.

Campbell Park View planning application successfully submitted

The planning application for Campbell Park View, a new city centre development of 285 homes for rent in Milton Keynes, has been successfully submitted.

Packaged Living acquired the site in 2023 and has now put forward a proposal which would regenerate the site of the theatre multi-storey car park on Avebury Boulevard.

In addition to the new apartments, a new leisure venue would be provided at ground and first floor to complement the neighbouring Milton Keynes Theatre, MK Gallery, and 12th Street leisure quarter.

Supporting MKDP’s vision to support cleaner, safer and healthier communities, the public space on the corner of Avebury Boulevard and Marlborough Gate would be improved with new seating, green planting, and better pedestrian connections.

The new development occupies the site of a former multi-storey car park next to Milton Keynes Theatre. The theatre car park closed in 2020. Milton Keynes City Council had identified the site as an important gateway which could see a mixed-used development brought forward.

Adam Sciberras, Special Projects Director for MKDP, explains how new developments are making a positive impact: “Central Milton Keynes has real potential for growth, and our priority is to make sure that new developments meet MKDP’s placemaking objectives and respect the city’s unique heritage.”

“Developments like Campbell Park View will play an important role in making Central Milton Keynes a vibrant and sustainable city centre, enhancing the surrounding built environment and boosting our already thriving culture. MKDP is looking forward to working collaboratively with Packaged Living.”

Sophie Gunn, Associate Director of Development for Packaged Living, said: “We’ve worked hard with our neighbours and local stakeholders to draw up plans for an architecturally excellent building in keeping with this important regeneration site.”

The planning application will now be considered by Milton Keynes City Council.

ExtraCare receives planning permission for expansion to Shenley Wood Retirement Village

The ExtraCare Charitable Trust has been granted planning permission to expand its Shenley Wood Retirement Village, one of its two retirement villages in Milton Keynes, onto adjoining land.

The expansion, designed by architects Stride Treglown, is set to include 81 units consisting of 73 apartments and eight bungalows, a multi-use community space and extensive landscaping. Following the construction of the additional units, Shenley Wood Village will become the largest integrated retirement community in the UK, with close to 400 total units.

ExtraCare is a registered charity which develops, operates and supports 16 villages and four housing schemes across the Midlands and neighbouring areas.

The land for the expansion has been purchased from the Milton Keynes Development Partnership (MKDP).

Damien Lippett, Development Manager at MKDP, said: “This expansion will provide much needed additional housing for older people in Milton Keynes and the wider community at a time of increasing demand.  We’re looking forward to seeing the development progress in the near future and want to thank all partners involved for bringing this forward.”

ExtraCare will now look to appoint a construction partner. The proposed development is scheduled to start in the Summer of 2024 and will aim for completion by Summer 2026.

New leisure facilities bring new dimensions to Campbell Wharf

New leisure facilities bring new dimensions to Campbell Wharf

Milton Keynes Development Partnership’s (MKDP) vision of a thriving canal-side community at Campbell Wharf continues to take shape with the news that its development partner, Crest Nicholson, has exchanged contracts on three commercial units.

Local business Canal St Coffee will open its second speciality coffee bar following the success of its first outlet in Leighton Buzzard.  Serving high-quality coffee and food, their ambition is to provide a place for residents and visitors alike to socialise, conduct business and lounge as well as promoting local artistry, culture, and commerce.

For those in Campbell Wharf and the wider city looking to get fit and in shape, PT Workspace will be offering dedicated studio space for personal trainers to use with their clients.

Building on the success of the first two seasons of cruising from Campbell Wharf, the Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterway Trust is set lease office and storage space to provide shore-based support to Electra, an all-electric volunteer-run narrow boat. Electra offers the community, either on public cruises or private charters, the opportunity of seeing a different perspective of the city on relaxing cruises along the 11-mile stretch of the Grand Union Canal that winds its way through Milton Keynes and its parks.

Matthew Green, Property Development Director at MKDP said, “It’s great to see two independent businesses signing up to take commercial space at Campbell Wharf; both Bogota Coffee and PT Workspace will bring an added vibrancy to the leisure and retail offer already at the scheme. We’re also very pleased that the dedicated team of volunteers, who put in so much time and hard work running Electra, will have a physical home at Campbell Wharf”.

Open University considers face to face offer alongside transformative move to city centre

The Open University is to prepare a business case for a world class university based in a sustainable green campus in Milton Keynes city centre. The plans support the city’s wider vison to develop one of the UK’s most vibrant city centres.

The University’s governing Council has agreed to initiate work on the strategic and financial case for a multi-million-pound relocation of the OU’s existing campus in suburban Milton Keynes to a new site adjacent to the central railway station. Find out more by reading the Open University’s media release.

Lower Westside Development Opportunity

One of three key masterplan proposals in CMK is
Lower Westside, the vision for which is a major new
precinct for technology, innovation, and education.
The broad concept for the area which extends from
Station Square outside the railway station to Block B4
features:
• New workspace and research facilities
• A University presence
• A multi-purpose conferencing and events venue
• A new residential neighbourhood
• Well-designed public realm.

Find out more about this development opportunity.