News: Flexible homes plan gets go-ahead

A scheme for over 1,300 homes on the last remaining grid square in the west of Milton Keynes has been given outline planning permission.

Many of the homes will be the UK’s first ‘flexible’ houses, said English Partnerships, making them adaptable to the changing needs of residents.

The ‘flexible’ homes will be built with future extension or adaptation in mind and could include features such as open plan layouts or rooms with partition walls that can be easily removed or re-positioned. 

Jane Hamilton, chief operating officer of Milton Keynes Partnership said: “Tattenhoe Park represents another exciting first for Milton Keynes through its flexible homes that will allow people and families to easily adapt their homes to meet their changing needs over time.” 

“Its high quality townscape will contain a variety of spaces and neighbourhoods that are well connected and easy to navigate with roads and safe, accessible pedestrian and cycle links in a landscaped setting.”

Ms Hamilton said that 30% of the new homes would be flexible, and another 30% would be designated as affordable homes.

The scheme will also see a local centre, shops, business, a new primary school, a small hotel and a public house. 

There will also be space for community and recreation facilities including play areas, playing fields and allotments, plus three public squares.

The infrastructure works will ensure that essential services such as roads and a school are in place before housing is developed.  This work is expected to start on site in January 2007 with the school handed over by summer 2007. The scheme is expected to be completed in 2012.

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