Plans submitted to build a block of 83 apartments in former Milton Keynes office car park

    Image: Hybrid Planning and Development

    Plans have been submitted to transform a former office car park at Linford Wood Business Park into a residential-led development.

    The plans submitted include a 7 storey building with 83 residential apartments and a convenience store.

    Also included is undercroft parking, cycle and bin stores, plant/equipment, landscaped podium courtyard and associated works.

    The apartments will be a mix of one, two and three bedroom designs.

    Each one will have a private balcony, an open plan internal layout and ample storage space.

    Senior planner at Hybrid Planning and Development, Aaron Henecke, said: “This hugely underutilised site is located in an increasingly residential area; not only has the former office building, now known as The Atrium, been successfully converted into 174 apartments but there are also apartments coming forward at the adjacent Noble House.

    "As such, we believe the large surface car park presents a unique opportunity to further optimise the housing provision on this brownfield site. After extensive engagement with Milton Keynes Council and the local community, we are pleased to bring forward these plans for a new neighbourhood in the heart of Linford Wood.

    “To reach this point, we have undertaken a comprehensive pre-application process, including several meetings and presentation at the Development Review Forum.

    "We have addressed concerns over height and massing, material choices, accessibility, privacy, overshadowing and believe the final designs best reflect the needs of the community,” 

    Rick Burney, director at Scapolan Burney said: “The architectural ambition for this project was to create an inclusive and social community built around an open-ended, landscaped courtyard.

    "Balcony access has been carefully considered to provide access, private amenity space with integrated planters, privacy, solar shading during the summer months and long outward views of the mature trees that surround the site.”

    The decision on the Centric House application will be made in October.

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