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16th July 2018

Huge opportunities for development and businesses in Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes has rightfully established its own proud civic identity, but that certainly won't be harmed by the current proposals to connect it by road and rail to Europe’s top two university cities. 
There are plans for the government to pour billions of pounds into the Oxford-Cambridge Corridor region, which Milton Keynes sits in the heart of, over the coming years, with a view to turning it into “the UK’s Silicon Valley”[1].

As part of these proposals, a road linking Cambridge, Milton Keynes and Oxford – the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway – would be built. A new railway connecting East Anglia to central, southern and western England – the East West Rail – would also stop in or near to MK[2].

To cope with the influx of new workers that such investment in infrastructure is expected to bring and to address the existing national housing shortage, the Chancellor has committed to building up to one million new homes across the corridor by 2050[3]. As part of this, Milton Keynes Council is proposing to deliver land for at least 26,500 new homes within the borough by 2031[4].

All this housing will require further developments, too, from schools and doctors' surgeries to shops and leisure centres. There are also strong proposals to establish MK’s’ own bricks and mortar university[5].

These exciting proposals should present local businesses and developers with huge opportunities.

Many have been quick to recognise this. In recent years, Milton Keynes has seen new housing developments, entire new suburbs and schools spring up, several of which Hewitsons has been involved with as solicitors for Homes England.

Those who have yet to capitalise on the imminent growth should already be planning for it. If you don't get in from the ground floor, others will.

Hewitsons is perfectly placed to help with all your legal requirements. At our Milton Keynes office, which has been established for more than a decade, we are investing more heavily than ever in our already highly accomplished teams, following strong revenue increases.

For example, as the latest part of this expansion, in May we appointed yet another experienced solicitor, Campbell Wilson, to our Construction team to work in our Milton Keynes office. This investment in people and expertise will only continue. Likewise, less than two years ago, I, myself, was appointed as part of Hewitsons’ Milton Keynes growth strategy.

As well as Construction, Hewitsons has teams specialising in every major area of law, including Agriculture & Rural Property, Commercial, Litigation, Corporate, Employment, Planning & Environmental, Real Estate and Residential Property, among others. Our teams work together to provide a comprehensive and cohesive solution for each client, as do our four offices, which are in Cambridge, London, Milton Keynes and Northampton.

For more information about how Hewitsons can help you to capitalise on this period of growth, please read our Oxbridge Corridor brochure.




[1] https://www.nic.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Cambridge-Milton-Keynes-Oxford-interim-report.pdf

[2] https://www.networkrail.co.uk/our-railway-upgrade-plan/key-projects/east-west-rail/

[3] http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-42084216

[4] https://www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/planning-and-building/planning-policy/plan-mk

[5] https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-43487612
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