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Willow Lake – community facilities consultation

Willow Lake - St Lucia Crescent - off Drayton Road - Newton Leys - Buckinghamshire - MK3 5FQ

We are progressing plans for a community hall and sports pitches to be built just off the Jersey Drive roundabout at our Willow Lake development.

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  • Overview

    Overview

    We began building Willow Lake in 2008 and the final phase of homes is expected to be completed in 2024. Once finished, the development will feature approximately 1,650 new homes alongside the forthcoming facilities.

    Our proposals for the new facilities currently include a multi-use community building which would comprise a large main hall about the size of a badminton court (approximately 160sq m), a further good-sized hall, a community hub for smaller informal meetings, two separate meeting rooms, a kitchen, an office and reception area, as well as a car park with lighting.

    There would also be three sports pitches and a total of six changing rooms – four for teams and two for officials – including showers and toilets.

    In order to allow local residents and key stakeholders the opportunity to find out more about our proposals, we held a public exhibition at the Newton Leys Community Centre on Thursday 17th November 2016 between 3.15pm and 7pm.

    Visitors were able to view our plans, speak to experts from our project team, ask questions and provide us with their feedback on the proposals. If you would like to view the exhibition boards displayed at the consultation event, please click here.

    Our public consultation period closed on Thursday 1st December 2016. The comments we received from local residents will help us to refine our emerging plans before we finalise and submit a planning application to Milton Keynes Council in the near future.

  • About the site

    About the site

    We began building Willow Lake in 2008 and the final phase of homes is expected to be completed in 2024. Once finished, the development will feature approximately 1,650 new homes alongside the forthcoming facilities.

    Our proposals for the new facilities currently include a multi-use community building which would comprise a large main hall about the size of a badminton court (approximately 160sq m), a further good-sized hall, a community hub for smaller informal meetings, two separate meeting rooms, a kitchen, an office and reception area, as well as a car park with lighting.

    There would also be three sports pitches and a total of six changing rooms – four for teams and two for officials – including showers and toilets.

  • What's proposed

    What's proposed

    The principal aims of the proposed layout of the building are to achieve the following:

    • An inclusive and fully accessible facility that can be used by the whole community.
    • Versatility – to provide suitable spaces for a wide range of potential users in a single building, to ensure that the facility is viable and vibrant.
    • A clear, legible arrangement of the accommodation with simple, easy-to-follow circulation routes.
    • Maximum flexibility that allows different uses of the building at the same time through effective zoning and security arrangements

    Proposed internal layout 

    The initial design of the proposed community building

     

    The Newton Leys Community Hall will serve as both a community hall and a sports pavilion. The appearance and form of the building are intended to provide a modern interpretation of the traditional village hall. To reduce the scale of the building it has been composed of three smaller elements brought together.

    It is proposed that the building will be constructed of robust, attractive materials to give a contemporary look that reflects the developing character of Newton Leys, and that brickwork will feature strongly, with other materials selected to complement those that already exist in other parts of Newton Leys and to meet local authority planning requirements.

    Site layout

    The proposed community building has been positioned to ensure easy access to the pitches from both the changing rooms and the car park. Its location also overlooks the landscaped setting of the lake while, to the front of the building, an attractive paved forecourt area is proposed to provide space for outdoor community activities.

    The proposals also include car and cycle parking spaces for visitors, and the number of spaces will meet the requirements of the local authority’s planning policy. At this stage, we anticipate there will be around 10 car parking spaces for general daily use at the centre (including three spaces for disabled users), with overspill parking for a further 50 cars that will be visually softened by landscaping. We believe there will be a need to provide space for around 20 bicycles.

    Three football pitches are proposed on the playing fields, and to ensure that the facilities serve a wide section of the community, we propose there will be one for each of the three age groups outlined by the Football Association – under‑14s, under‑16s and adults.

    A fenced play area alongside the community halls is also proposed. This will ensure a safe and secure outdoor area for children using the facilities, with pre-school groups particularly in mind.

     

    Willow Lake site layout

    The initial layout of the community facilities in relation to the wider Willow Lake site

  • Updates

    News & updates

    November 2016 – Public consultation event in Newton Leys regarding proposed community building and sports pitches.