West Bletchley Community campaigner Cllr Ed. Hume is calling on Milton Keynes Council Housing Service to build new OAP Bungalows on a ‘hidden’ derelict site that has been missed by both Milton Keynes Council and by the West Bletchley Parish Council who left the site out of their local Neighbourhood Plan.

Cllr Hume takes up the story: “I was out meeting residents in Lancaster Gate on the Castles. One resident asked me why the Council was not building much needed new OAP bungalows on the derelict land behind her home. So I had a look and there is a modest sized site that has been empty for years. It looks like the Council could build 2 or 3 bungalows on the site. It has good access.”

Cllr Hume has supported the provision of new council housing on another nearby site, 200 metres away, off Kenilworth Drive on the same Castles Estate. The Council built 12 new houses and created a high quality development on that derelict site.

Cllr Ed Hume at the derelict site on the Castles Estate
Cllr Ed Hume at the derelict site on the Castles Estate

Cllr Hume said: “The Kenilworth Drive development is a terrific success. I would urge Milton Keynes Council Housing Service to look at building OAP bungalows on this newly identified hidden site.  I am surprised that this site was not in the West Bletchley Neighbourhood Plan. Perhaps it is too well hidden. I have raised it with MK Council Cabinet Member for Housing Cllr Nigel Long.”

Cllr Long said: “I live on the Castles estate and did not know about this hidden site. I have had a look at it. It has potential. I have already raised it with the Director of Housing to have it included in our growing programme of Council housing. I would like to thank Cllr Ed. Hume for finding the site and bringing it to my attention.”

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