Background

A planning application which included the site was submitted in 2010 following its allocation in both the Regional Spatial Strategy for the South East of England and the Aylesbury Vale District Council’s draft Core Strategy. The application was for a much larger development, known as Salden Chase. It was withdrawn in 2011 at the request of Aylesbury Vale District Council but feedback obtained during the Salden Chase public consultation exercise has helped to shape the new plan.

The Consortium has no proposals to develop land beyond the site or to resurrect the larger Salden Chase scheme.

Click here to see the current proposals and planning application status.

The site has long been identified as a natural growth area for Milton Keynes:

  • The three Llewellyn Davis studies of 1992, 1996 and 1998, commissioned by various public sector bodies, identified South West Milton Keynes as a “development area without major problems”
  • In 1999 a study commissioned by Milton Keynes Chamber of Commerce recommended that Milton Keynes future growth be concentrated on the A421 axis
  • In 2001 a study commissioned by the Government and Regional Assemblies recommended a preferred spatial strategy for Milton Keynes with South West Milton Keynes identified as a potential area for development by 2016
  • In 2003 the Milton Keynes Growth Area Assessment identified the South West Milton Keynes area as one of only three locations to meet development requirements to 2016
  • In 2004 the Milton Keynes and South Midlands Sub-Regional Strategy was subject to a public examination and identified South West Milton Keynes as an area for growth
  • In 2006 the MK Strategy for Growth proposed two growth locations at Newton Longville providing some 15,000 new dwellings in the period to 2031
  • In 2009 the South East Plan was adopted making specific provision for 5,390 dwellings in a Strategic Development Area to the south west of Milton Keynes in Aylesbury Vale District. In comparison with other sites, Aylesbury Vale Council’s own analysis concluded that the land situated between the A421 and the disused railway line scored the best overall with the least number of major negative impacts and the highest number of positive impacts.