Abbeygate plan for mixed-use scheme of 400 apartments is given blessing of newly formed Central Milton Keynes Partnership Committee.

Plans for a mixed-use scheme of 400 homes in Central Milton Keynes have received the backing of the Central Milton Keynes Partnership Committee.

The £100m development by Abbeygate Developments was selected by CMK Board following a design competition. The proposals for the 2.6 ha site designed by q2 Quartet Architects include a mix of 400 apartments and townhouses, including 30% affordable, a 10,000 sq m Sainsbury’s store and office, community and leisure space.

The decision by CMK Board was the first decision to be scrutinised by the Partnership Committee since it was established in June. Committee chairman Sir Bob Reid said: “This proposed development is another significant milestone in the ambitious plans for the city centre. We believe that the design quality exhibited by this scheme will be particularly important in setting a benchmark for future development.”

The developers will submit a planning application to Milton Keynes Council this autumn and work is forecasted to start in June2005.

CMK Board is responsible for delivering the new Development Framework for Central Milton Keynes and was formed by the Council and English Partnerships in 2002. Milton Keynes Partnerships Committee was established to bring forward growth in MK and determine planning applications in the newly designated Urban Regeneration area on the north-east and west of Milton Keynes.