Learn about our new development at Kents Hill
We have now been granted planning permission by Milton Keynes Council for a development of 171 new homes off Timbold Drive, Kents Hill.
The development will be named Bronze Park and construction will begin in September 2023.
We plan to launch the development in March 2024 with two contemporary show homes and a welcoming sales office for customers to visit.
For all the latest updates for the development, please register your interest today.
We want to create a thriving new community in Kents Hill.
This site was allocated for residential development in the Milton Keynes Local Plan 2017. Outline permission was sought by Milton Keynes Development Partnership in May 2020 and was granted in December 2020.
Full planning permission was granted in June 2023.
Our proposals explain how we will meet the objectives set out within the application, in accordance with the approved plans for the site.
The illustrative masterplan demonstrates the scope of our detailed proposals. As depicted in the masterplan, the site does have challenging terrain, as there is a 10m difference between the level of the northernmost point and the southern section of the site. Our designs take level differences into account and we have introduced terracing in gardens in order to increase functionality.
Our proposals currently include:
- 171 high-quality new homes
- 31% affordable housing with a further 25 houses being retained by the Local Authority for Affordable Rent
- A range of 2-bedroom to 5-bedroom dwellings
- Mix of 2 to 3 storey homes
- Open landscaped spaces and equipped play area
- Sustainable Urban Drainage system to manage rainwater through attenuation areas and swales
- New retail outlet
The street scenes show the variation of housetypes and apartments within the development. It should be noted that the 2.5 storey properties are only marginally taller than the 2-storey houses, therefore there are no issues with overlooking. However, the majority of 2.5 and 3-storey dwellings are located along Timbold Drive, as approved at the outline planning stage.
The Apartment blocks are 3 storey and are positioned in key areas in order to be utilised as landmarks. Positioning them around the roundabout creates a focal point to the development and a sense of place.
The palette of materials seen in the local context is varied and in keeping with various other developments located near to the site.
The appearance of the proposed development is a mixture of traditional and contemporary, with a palette of materials that is simple yet effective.
In terms of materials, we are proposing to use tiled roofs, good quality facing brickwork walls and brick detailing.
A more varied palette of materials is proposed for the apartment blocks. Along with the tiled roof and facing brickwork walls, the addition of two colours of cladding emphasise the volume of the buildings as well as creating a distinct sense of place.
Our proposals focus on the development of 171 homes and include 93 private homes and 53 affordable homes with a further 25 units being retained by the Local Authority for affordable rent. All of our properties benefit from private gardens.
The mix of homes will include 2, 3, 4 and 5-bedroom homes, which will be ideal for local families as well as professionals and will all benefit from private gardens.
All homes meet the Nationally Described Space Standards, with a percentage providing sought-after wheelchair adaptable and accessible homes. These units have been situated in the flatter parts of the site to provide better accessibility.
The proposed layout has been informed in principle by the outline plan, which was approved by Milton Keynes Development Partnership in December 2020. The illustrated masterplan also depicts the proposed block structure and movement through the site.
Dwellings are integrated with their surroundings, generally planned in perimeter blocks, working with the levels across the site and sitting well with the mature landscape and taking consideration of the site constraints.
All houses benefit from private gardens and small front gardens for defensible space, which are orientated to provide surveillance over public open space and existing woodland.
Towards the edges of the development, private drives can take advantage of the views across existing
Due to restricted access from the main road, the dwellings facing onto Timbold Drive are significantly set back to accommodate site level changes. This also provides space for sustainable urban drainage system (SuDS).
The entire development has been designed so that it is safe and easy to navigate, with landmark units in key positions. Parking is provided in accordance with Milton Keynes Parking Standards and a Play Area is provided between the two parcels.
About our proposals features
Access to the Southern Parcel of the site is provided at the roundabout. Pedestrian access is provided between two vehicular access points, adjacent to the retail park / centre, which also connects to the linear park to the North and residential areas beyond to provide connection to the school west of Timbold Drive.
Pedestrian links are also integrated throughout the site, providing connectivity between the southern and northernmost areas of the site to the retail unit and play area. In addition, we have proposed links onto the existing redway network, as well as informal routes through the woodland which would be perfect for dog walkers.
As part of the Section 106 agreement for the site, a proportion of Taylor Wimpey’s financial contributions will fund an extension of the local redway facilities along Timbold Drive, linking to the existing network at Groveway.
In terms of ongoing site maintenance, the management of landscaped areas will be passed over to the Council or their nominated party. This is in line with practices for the surrounding open spaces, so offers a seamless extension.
Our approach features
Previous planning applications
Previous consultations and feedback
History of the site features
In addition, we will be introducing landscaped areas throughout the site and a fully equipped play area which is centrally located and can be seen on our layout. The play area will cater for children up to 8 years old and comprise of 5 items of play equipment.
The play area can be accessed on foot from all areas of the development with safe, pedestrian links through the site, through the formal footpaths or the informal woodland.
Amenities and facilities
Community benefits features
Throughout the construction phase at Kents Hill, energy efficiency measures will be included in the construction specification of every home to ensure a sustainable development is created. News and updates News and updates
- December 2020 - Outline planning consent granted
- July 2022 – Online public consultation.
- August 2022 - Second public consultation
- June 2023 - Full planning permission granted
- September 2023 - Groundworks construction commencement