Milton Keynes set to enjoy 270ha parkland expansion

Playing fields, children's play areas, woodlands and meadows are among new green spaces planned in Milton Keynes as part of a 270ha expansion of the town's parkland.

The open spaces will be created in the next decade as Milton Keynes develops into five surrounding areas. The Parks Trust, a charity set up in 1992 to manage the town's open spaces, will take on the new parkland following its establishment by the sites' developers.

Public open space provision is planned in Milton Keynes' Western and Eastern Expansion Areas, Tattonhoe Park and Kingsmead South, Stantonbury Park Farm and Newton Leys.

The Parks Trust's chief executive, David Foster, said: "We're working closely with the developers, landscape architects and council to make sure the open space links in well with the existing open space and it is designed to a really good standard."

When the trust takes on the new open spaces it will be given an endowment by the developers to ensure it can look after the parkland in perpetuity.

"We need to calculate the right amount to be able to maintain the new parks and open spaces, and we'll be doing that over the next few months," Foster said.

EXPANSION PLANS
- The Parks Trust already manages 1,800ha of open space in Milton Keynes
- The expansion will see an additional 270ha
- New spaces - 33 children's play areas, 27ha of playing fields
- Western Expansion Area - 6,500 homes, 68ha of public open space, 21ha
of landscape
- Eastern Expansion Area - 4,000 homes, 44ha of green space
- Broughton Brook Linear Park - 14.7ha extension
- Tattonhoe Park and Kingsmead South - 14ha of green space, 1,800 homes
- Stantonbury Park Farm - 500 homes, 53ha of green space
- Newton Leys - 1,650 homes, 35ha of green space.


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