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Milton Keynes plan for 28,000 homes and better shopping

Plans have been announced for 28,000 new homes in Milton Keynes before 2026.

The strategy designates land for building towards the south east of the new town but with a buffer green belt zone to protect villages.

Shopping centres are to be expanded in the main centres of population, Milton Keynes Council said.

However, Olney residents expressed concerns through their town council that a bypass, first demanded in 1994, was once again missing from the plan.

The council said it aimed to build 1,750 homes per year but this was subject to review.

It would also encourage the growth of Central Milton Keynes as a regional shopping centre but would also support retail development in Bletchley, Stoney Stratford, Newport Pagnell and Wolverton.

Links with other nearby communities was important and as part of this it was supporting the extension of the canal system between Bedford and Milton Keynes and associated development.

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