Sherwood Drive Depot-Build Affordable homes for local residents

Milton Keynes Council is in the process of closing its old refuse depot, which is located at the top of Sherwood Drive in the heart of a residential area.

The Council have put the site up for sale, but no consultation has taken place with the local community.  It appears the Council is trying to sell the site for industrial or commercial use.

Local Labour councillors have long supported residents views that the location is not right for industrial use. They had long argued against the large lorries that used to access the site via the residential Whalley Drive .

Local Labour councillor Nigel Long believes the site, which backs on to the railway line, would be better use for new affordable housing.

Cllr Long said, “I believe the site should be sold to a housing association for a new affordable homes development. They could build a nice close of about 60 homes. This could match the developments on Bletchley Park on the other side of Sherwood Drive . I favour homes for shared ownership and for rent. I want to see houses built not flats.”

He added, “There is a huge need for new affordable homes in the West Bletchley area. I want to see new affordable homes on this large site and I want to see local residents given priority for the houses.”

Cllr Long has written to Council Housing boss Cllr Peter Geary asking him to support the development of affordable homes on the site.

Cllr Long concluded, “Too many young people have to leave our community. This is a large site in a residential area. It would be ideal for new affordable homes.”