Planning Application at the Badminton Centre site

Residents should be aware that a major planning application has been submitted to MK Council and is now at the public consultation stage. Local residents now have an opportunity to have their say on the proposals by 6th March 2013. This date is the official last date for representations although the planning officer in the case has advised that any representations received up until the date of the committee hearing (likely to be 29th April 2013) will be taken into account.

The application

The application seeks planning permission to build 104 new residential houses along Bradwell Road from the H4 Dansteed Way all the way along to the H5 Portway. The land to be developed is the current site of the Badminton Centre and the wide green corridor north of Bradwell Road running along to the H4 which is currently open space.

The permission sought is to

  • Demolish the beautiful early 19th century stone barn from Loughton Lodge Farm, which has fine wooden beams and is a significant heritage asset
  • Build a new estate road entrance opposite the Guides Centre which emerges close to the junction with the H4; and
  • Build 24 flats in two large 3–storey blocks; and
  • Build 28 semi-detached houses; and
  • Build 52 detached houses

Follow this link to view the new proposed site plan

Pros and cons

Residents will have to make up their own minds on whether this application will benefit the area. If permission was granted, the development will generate funds for the Badminton Centre to develop a new Badminton Sports facility at the National Bowl.

In addition, the Badminton Centre have offered to give the land and buildings of Loughton Lodge farmhouse to Loughton Parish Council to use as offices and community meeting space. The Parish Council would have to fund the renovation and adaption of the building.

The Parish Council has a number of key concerns with the proposal :-

  • The setting of Lodge Lake – a major centre for recreation for local people in running, walking and fishing and an area of special environmental sensitivity –  will be significantly impacted and urbanised.
  • The size and density of the proposed development is inappropriate for the site
  • The MK Local Plan 2005 provided for less than 20 additional dwellings in the local area – and more than that number have already since been given permission
  • The open land is part of the green corridor when entering Milton Keynes from the west and is an integral part of the city’s design.
  • There is huge pressure to develop the area close to MK Central Rail Station and applications for permission are now continual on every remaining open space in the area. The character of the area is strongly associated with the open spaces that remain and which are now threatened by development
  • The density of the development and the size of the houses will generate a huge amount of extra traffic and parking, which will obstruct Bradwell Rd and impact the area.
  • The height of the development will breach MK’s level skyline design and will dominate Lodge Lake
  • The proposal intends to leave the junction of H4 and Bradwell Road unchanged, despite the impact of all the additional traffic from the western expansion area which will make H4 a major traffic route into the City Centre. The junction should be made left turn only or better still, to incorporate a new roundabout
  • It is likely Lodge Lake car park will be swamped by residents and visitors to the new development
  • There is insufficient provision for children’s play facilities in the new development and the proposal to develop a new children’s play area at Lodge Lake will change the natural setting of the Lake
  • 17 dwellings will have direct vehicular access into Bradwell Rd, causing a hazard to traffic entering or exiting H4. There are already collisions at this junction.

It will be for local residents to weigh up the benefits achieved against the impact of the development and to decide whether the application is in the overall benefit of our local area. Your views on this are important.

How to submit representations

You can submit representations by email to the responsible planning officer Debbie.Kirk@milton-keynes.gov.uk  quoting the planning application reference 13/00266/OUT and by making clear you wish to submit representations on this planning application.

Alternatively you can submit comments via the public access system in the MK Planning portal www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/development-control/ (but registration required)

Residents are advised to have their say on the proposal. The number of representations made is important and will be taken into account.

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Meeting at the Badminton Centre

After my meeting with the MK Play Association earlier today, i went on to a meeting at the Badminton centre to discuss the very large proposed residential development with their project architect, Peter Emptage.

We looked at their proposals. They currently plan to keep Loughton lodge farmhouse which whilst not listed is a fine building on 3 storeys. The current plan for this is for it to be converted back into a house and sold as a house.

We also looked at the old barn. This is an early 19th century stone barn, the upstairs of which is currently used as a restaurant. It is a beatiful building with lovely wooden beams inside. It is so full of character.

The current plans are for this barn to be completely demolished to make way for the newbuild residential development.

I am rather disappointed with the MK Council Conservation department. It simply can’t be right that this beautiful old building is destroyed. There is potential for the barn to be a community facility/meeting place which would be of huge potential benefit to the community. It also would preserve the heritage of the site and would bring interest and character, if it was to be retained.

I’m not sure the current development proposal has been thought through in this respect and I can see there is potential for a large battle over this development proposal. I understand outline planning consent will be applied for on Monday of next week. The speed at which these plans have been developed is quite extraordinary. I hope the right thing will be done in the end. Otherwise the whole development proposal could be thrown out, I suspect.

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Visit to the MacIntyre Centre

the mcintyre centre9am Monday morning finds me meeting Hilary, Joyce & Peter for a meeting with the Operations Manager for the MacIntyre Centre in Great Holm.

MacIntyre is a charity that has been delivering services to people with learning disabilities in Milton Keynes since 1988.

MacIntyre’s Head Office is in Central Milton Keynes, and the organisation employs around 250 staff locally. They support over 150 people with learning disabilities in the city, and this number is growing.

Their site at Great Holm is their main base in Milton Keynes, as it includes accommodation for 40 people, a centre offering educational and therapeutic activities and a coffee shop.

Over 100 people with a learning disability attend the Great Holm center every week, but the building is in need of updating to make it more accessible and provide some more space and better facilities. This will allow MacIntyre to continue offering a diverse range of activities, from literacy and numeracy to horticulture and music. They also want to open the building up to the community more, so that people can use their facilities and share their activities.

In the future they want to get out and about more in the community themselves.

To find out more about MacIntyre and get a flavour of what they do, why not visit www.macintyremiltonkeynes.org or drop in for lunch to one of their coffee shops or bakeries

Great Holm Coffee Shop and Bakery, 54 Haddon, Great Holm, MK8 9HP
Tel: 01908 265943
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9-3

This iconic building was built in the 1980s. It adjoins the MacIntyre Housing Association properties and enables the Centre to support those residents living in the community.

Next week, MacIntyre are holding public consultation events on their plans to modernise, improve and expand their operations. The hope to apply for planning permission in April 2012 and intend to close the centre for about a year from October 2012 to enable their redevelopment and expansion of facilities.

We viewed the plans and the site for the development. The need for the redevelopment is very apparent. 30 years on from opening, parts of the building need to be modernized. The controversial part of the plans relates to the size and location of the new development. Our group had concerns that the size of the building and its location at the entrance to Great Holm is unwelcome.

We encourage others to attend the public consultation meetings next week and to feed back comments on the proposals before they are finalized and lodged for planning permission. We would also welcome comments form parishioners on what they think of these proposals as we consider our response to the planning application.

We certainly had an interesting tour and it was lovely to see so many residents taking part in activities in such a happy and supportive environment. MacIntyre do excellent work and deserve recognition for it.

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