PC Response to Plan MK consultation

Sherington Parish Council would like to respond to the Strategic Development Consultation Document.

The document outlines four options for the future development of Milton Keynes. In the opinion of Sherington Parish Council ‘ Intensification and Redevelopment of the Urban area’ and ‘Development to the South West’ are better options than ‘Development East of the M1’ and ‘Satellite Towns in the rural area’. Our favoured option would be within the present urban area, the first option mentioned. This should create a truly urban feel to Milton Keynes  as opposed to a more suburban expansion over a larger area ( Development to the SouthWest).

The Parish Council is not against additional housing in the village as can be seen from the work being done with the Neighbourhood Plan but this would be in keeping with the preservation of a ‘village’ and nowhere near what is envisaged for a pleasant rural area in the options for expansion east of the M1 motorway, or of the development of ‘satellite towns’ in the rural area.

There are a number of reasons for favouring the urban area option.

  1. Sherington, along with many other north Buckinghamshire locations , is a rural village that people have chosen to live in because it is just that.
  2. The majority of the transport links are to the west and south of the urban area, not to the north and east where Sherington lies.
  3. There is no infrastructure in the rural area so this would have to be started from scratch and there would be considerable disruption before any housing could be contemplated. It seems pertinent to take advantage of the pre-existing infrastructure of Milton Keynes. The infrastructure cost savings could be then be deployed in a quantum leap in public transport. For example tram, light railway or other public transport could be built to link the redeveloped urban areas to the centre of the city to reduce car movements and the congestion that these journeys cause.
  4. All of the other options would involve discussion with neighbouring authorities with inevitable delays.
  5. The report highlights that around 1750 new homes need to be built each year until 2031. If Sherington took 5000 houses that would be less than three years allocation so this model would have to be repeated many times in the rural area to satisfy demand, destroying each

rural location as the plan progressed.

  1. Intensification is an opportunity to replace poor quality housing with state of the art urban living spaces. New developments should be environmentally efficient and carefully mixed to promote better social cohesion. Full involvement of Neighbourhood Plans should be encouraged in this.
  2. Urban development plays into emerging future behaviour and technology trends. The rise of Uber is reducing car ownership by the young urban dwellers in other cities such as London , Paris, New York. Why not Milton Keynes?

In conclusion ‘ Intensification and Redevelopment of the Urban area’ would allow  the rural villages to remain villages while being adjacent to a modern vibrant city with all the facilities that the urban area has and would have. The North Bucks villages and their countryside should also remain an unspoilt amenity to the benefit of the city dwellers. These areas should be designated as Green Belt and the villages protected from insensitive development through use of Neighbourhood Plans which embrace the purpose of these villages as places for people to live and urban citizens to enjoy.

Looking at the even bigger picture of the country as a whole should Milton Keynes along with most of the south east of the country be considered for further large scale development causing ever more congestion and widening of the North/South divide?

Minutes – 28 October 2015

Minutes of the Meeting of Sherington Parish Council held on Wednesday 28th October 2015 at Sherington Pavilion Perry Lane, commencing at 7.30pm.

PRESENT: Cllrs I Collinge (Chair), R Johnstone, A Hughes, R Constantine, E Caldwell, W Bush

ALSO ATTENDING: : Hannah Balazs (Clerk), Ward Cllr P Geary and fourteen members of the public.

1. RECEIVE AND ACCEPT APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Cllr Thatcher, Ward Cllr McLean and Ward Cllr Hosking.

2. RECEIVE DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
None

3. APPROVE MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
The minutes of the meeting held on 6th October 2015 were agreed as a true record and signed by the Chairman Cllr I Collinge

4. RESPONSE TO PLANNING APPEAL FOR PLANNING INSPECTORATE APP/T0435/W15/3133886: LAND ADJACENT TO HIGH STREET – CONSIDER AND AGREE RESPONSE TO MKC

Cllr Collinge gave a brief background of the appeal and the process for the public present and advised any responses have to be sent to the inspector by 2nd November 2015. There is still discussion on the venue for the appeal and we will advise everyone as soon as we know. The planning inspector will receive all the original reports, replies and results of the village poll. Cllr Collinge confirmed this meeting is to approve the response of the PC, and this document is representing the views of the PC.

Cllr Collinge also advised that the PC and MKC have not had any contact with regard to their respective responses. Action: HB

Cllr Collinge asked all fellow Cllr’s if they had read and were happy with the draft and all cllrs agreed. This response will be emailed to the inspector by the clerk by Monday 2nd November 2015. The document will be available for the public to view on Monday 2nd November 2015 after 12pm on the village website. Action: IC

5. RECEIVE WORKING PARTY REPORTS AND CONSIDER MATTERS ARISING

5.1 How will the public know about the date for the appeal meeting?
The clerk will put notices on the notice boards, shop, church, pub, school, preschool, and around the village and Cllr Collinge will put on the website. Action: HB and IC

5.2 Will the appeal meeting be held during the day?
Cllr Collinge and Ward Cllr Geary advised this will be held during the day and most probably on a Tuesday.

5.3 How will the meeting flow on the day?
The meeting is an informal meeting and is down to the individual inspector, they normally turn up with the agenda on the day of what they want to discuss and there will be a site visit. The inspector will let everyone have their say.

5.4 Ward Cllr Geary advised that himself and Ward Cllr Hosking have taken advice as they have been accused of collusion after the last meeting and they have taken this very seriously. They support the local councils and they do take it very seriously. Cllr Geary has requested a copy of the signed minutes and would also like a copy of all agendas and minutes from 2012 to present.Action: HB

5.5 John Cook understands an email has been sent to PC regarding bookings at the village hall and would like to note that he has nothing to do with the booking and that they have a very competent booking clerk who takes care of all the bookings. Ward Cllr Geary advised that these emails can cause great harm and will not help the case and will look very unprofessional.

5.6 Jackie Inskipp wants it noted that she has not received anything regarding bookings for the appeal.

6. COUNCILLORS ITEMS

6.1. Cllr Caldwell advised that the electrics in the shop have now been fixed and the problem has now been resolved.

7. PLAN MK

As this was leaked in the Citizen Ward Cllr Geary gave an update and this will be on the Agenda on Tuesday 3rd November 2015. This is a refresh of the core strategy and there are now four options:
1. Develop to the west, south west and or south of the city
2. Develop East of the M1
3. One or more Satellite Settlements
4. Intensification and redevelopment of the current urban area.
The next stage of consultation is due to be considered by the cabinet on 9th November where MKC will most likely agree a consultation that will start on 25th November for 12 weeks.
The Ward Cllr’s have arranged public meetings where residents can go along and get information on all of the options, the meetings are taking place as follows:
30th November 2015 at 3:30pm in Olney at the Church,
30th November 2015 at 7:30pm in Olney the church
3rd December 2015 at 7:30pm in Moulsoe at the Millennium Centre
8th December 2015 at 7:30pm in Sherington at the Church
6th January 2016 at 7:30pm in North Crawley at the Church
These meetings are vital for people to find out what is happening and to get as many view as possible as this is important as this will be happening in 3 years time.

8. DATE OF NEXT MEETING

The next Parish Meeting will be held on Tuesday 3rd November 2015 at the Village Hall commencing at 7.30 pm. There being no further business the meeting ended at 2015hrs