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VALP Main Modifications

MM076

Representation ID: 3404

Received: 17/12/2019

Respondent: Bletchley and Fenny Stratford Town Council

Legally compliant? Not specified

Sound? Not specified

Representation Summary:

concerns both about the reliability of the
evidence on which the proposed site allocations have been determined and about
the conclusions drawn from the Viability Report published alongside the Main
Modifications consultation. The lack of a clear site selection methodology and
process for selecting further strategic allocations on the edge of Milton Keynes is
particularly worrying.
chief objection to the VALP has always been that it does not
fully recognise or adequately acknowledge the infrastructure implications for Milton
Keynes and specifically for the community of Bletchley and Fenny Stratford which
will arise from the MK edge developments. The transport and highways
infrastructure demand on our area is of particular concern to our community

Full text:

The Town Council shares the concerns of Milton Keynes Council that the
conclusions drawn in the updated Housing and Economic Land Availability
Assessment relating to Eaton Leys are not fully justified and therefore that the
proposed allocation of Shenley Park may be unsound. (Policy D-WHA001 ).
As a parish which will be directly impacted by two of the three "MK edge" site options
in the plan, the Town Council has significant concerns both about the reliability of the
evidence on which the proposed site allocations have been determined and about
the conclusions drawn from the Viability Report published alongside the Main
Modifications consultation. The lack of a clear site selection methodology and
process for selecting further strategic allocations on the edge of Milton Keynes is
particularly worrying.
The Town Council's chief objection to the VALP has always been that it does not
fully recognise or adequately acknowledge the infrastructure implications for Milton
Keynes and specifically for the community of Bletchley and Fenny Stratford which
will arise from the MK edge developments. The transport and highways
infrastructure demand on our area is of particular concern to our community. For
example, Policy D-WHA001 indicates that the A421 may need to be dualled near the
Bottledump Roundabout and more detailed traffic modelling will be required to inform
the necessary decision making. The Town Council believes that robust and detailed
modelling should have been conducted already and that the policy should at least be
made more explicit in defining how sustainable and acceptable development can be
achieved. Another worry concerns the accuracy of modelling that the Bucks
Country Transport Model affords when calculating likely traffic effects of specific
developments.
Our Local Planning authority is better placed to make the technical planning
arguments which support our objections to the VALP as modified. However the
Town Council hopes that you will recognise the genuine concerns of many "ordinary"
residents of our community ie that any developments on or near LPA borders should
be fully and robustly examined before growth sites are allocated because the impact
of such developments on our community will be profound

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