Housebuilder Crest Nicholson confronted by angry residents over extension of H6 set to be built on Kingsmead green space in Milton Keynes

    Housebuilder Crest Nicholson has said they remain 'committed to listening to the opinions' of local residents and councillors over new Shenley Park development plans.

    The plans for Shenley Park, adjacent to Kingsmead and Tattenhoe Park, include over 1,200 homes alongside a new mixed-use local centre, a primary school, care and sports facilities, and green and blue infrastructure is included within the proposals.

    The development will be the second of those on Buckinghamshire Council’s boundaries to use Milton Keynes' infrastructure, following Salden Chase, and will see the primary points of access to the new neighbourhood via the busy A421 and H6 Childs Way.

    Plans include a new link road through the development from the H6 Childs Way, which will see Kingsmead Green turned into part of the city's grid system.

    Local councillors have previously fought the plans for a road to be built on the green space, saying it is through the 'heartland of a community area that is used by many of the residents close by and beyond'.

    Consultations have been taking place over the last few weeks, with residents, councillors and MP's raising their concerns.

    One resident told MKFM at the public consultation "Crest Nicholson claim to be sustainable but there are clearly not. They have already built an estate in Tattenhoe with no additional doctors surgery. This new development doesn’t have one either and don’t get me started on extending the H6"

    Another resident said "I am not against the expansion of the area but extending the H6 is not a viable option. The road is already at a standstill at Oxley Park in the morning and the single lane traffic down to the V3 can’t cope as it is."

    Whilst another said "Crest Nicholson and the other builders have already wrecked the V1, the road is full of potholes and looks like a patchwork quilt. If this estate is to be built they it needs to be independent of Milton Keynes."

    Iain Stewart, the MP for Milton Keynes South, said: “I am incredibly concerned by the proposed road layout and the impact it will have on Milton Keynes residents. 

    “I will be doing all I can to work with Milton Keynes City Council and Buckinghamshire Council to explore all other alternatives that may be possible.”

    Residents have also been taking to social media to express their opinions on the development, stating that the green space which would be made into an H6 extension is used regularly by children and families.

    One resident commented on 'The access road would concrete over the only green space on the Kingsmead estate which is used for football, dogs owners etc.'

    'How can they be allowed to leach off MK? Surely mk council must approve linking the roads? What is there position on that?,' another resident added.

    MKFM reached out to Crest Nicholson, a spokesperson commented: “We would like to thank everyone who attended our consultation events and those who have provided feedback on the Shenley Park consultation so far. We remain committed to listening to the opinions expressed by local residents and councillors to ensure we deliver a high-quality development with much needed homes and facilities for the local community.

    "The survey remains open until 10th June, and we would encourage anyone who would like to submit their opinions on our plans to do so online.”

    You can view the plans and submit your opinion here.

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