Major regeneration project in Milton Keynes granted approval

Milton Keynes Council has approved a funding package of almost £62m to deliver the city’s biggest regeneration project in the Lakes Estate.

The plans for the estate include building more than 200 new affordable council homes, to replace Serpentine Court which will be demolished.

The regeneration project is also expected to include new community facilities for the wider Lakes Estate areas and new shops.

Cllr Emily Darlington, cabinet member for adults, housing and health communities at Milton Keynes Council, said: ‘This is an incredibly important milestone in the project and should give residents the confidence that we will deliver what they asked for in the ballot. This is much more than just new homes, it’s about giving people a better quality of life and creating an environment they can bring their families up in where they can thrive and meet their true potential.

‘I’d like to thank everyone on the Lakes Estate for the hard work they’ve put in and I look forward to continuing our work with the whole community to build a better neighbourhood for everyone.’

The Council will begin the process of appointing contractors to deliver the project, which is expected to start construction next year.

Chair of the Serpentine Court Steering Group (SCSG), Danielle Slaymaker, said: ‘This is amazing news and means we can really start planning for the future. With everything that’s gone on over the past year we really needed this. We’ll continue working with the council to deliver the project and I’d encourage residents to get involved.’

In related news, in person and virtual events are scheduled this month to get public feedback on plans to regenerate an area in Oxford, with new homes, improved public spaces and community facilities.

Photo supplied by Milton Keynes Council


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