Project One - Growth and Strategy

The Commission recognised the opportunities that are created by Milton Keynes position at the hub of the corridor between Cambridge and Oxford.  The National Infrastructure Commission has looked at this corridor too, thinking about how improving transport infrastructure and cross-boundary strategic planning could create benefits for the wider region.  Being at the centre of this corridor, especially with improved transport links, means MK can really benefit from access to knowledge-intensive jobs, a highly-skilled workforce and a bigger market for our services.  So as part of Project 1 we are working to capitalise on those opportunities through work with partners, neighbouring authorities and central government.

 

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The Council continues to be proactive in engaging with the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), including submitting a proposal on ‘First and Last Mile’ transport solutions, including how it is planning to optimise future mobility in the context of strengthened East-West transport links - the A421 Expressway and East West Rail.  

 

As part of Project 1 we are also preparing a Strategy for 2050.  The Strategy for 2050 is intended to build on the work of the MK Futures 2050 Commission.  It sets out a framework of policies to deliver the long-term vision of the future identified in “Making a Great City Greater” that will help inform future iterations of the Local Plan and other strategies and policy documents.  It will include policies to support the delivery of the other MK Futures 2050 projects, and help to identify and strengthen the interlinks between them.   The scope of the Strategy for 2050 will be wider than a planning policy document, taking a more holistic approach to the future development of the city that doesn’t just have a spatial focus.  It will, however, be sensitive to the emerging Plan:MK by focussing on the post-2031 period.

 

A gap analysis has been undertaken of the extensive research programme undertaken for the Commission process (including the 17 Commission Working Papers available online at http://www.mkfutures2050.com/read-our-report), the evidence base for Plan:MK and other resources.  Reflecting where additional research would be needed to inform the policy approaches to be explored in the Strategy for 2050, several studies have been commissioned, with further studies being considered moving forward.

 

The timing of engagement on the emerging Strategy for 2050 and the issues it intends to cover will need to be sensitive to the submission and examination hearings for Plan:MK and to the local plan processes for neighbouring authorities.  However, there will be opportunities for engagement as we prepare the draft policies and approach, and in further developing the evidence base.

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