10 November 2003
WYG has been successfully selected to provide multi-skilled services to assist English Partnerships in the preparation of a developers prospectus for the Millennium Village at Oakgrove, Milton Keynes. In addition, WYG will be providing independent advice on the Supplementary Planning Guidance being prepared jointly by English Partnerships and Milton Keynes Council and giving advice in relation to the planning application process including the environmental statement. This is one of seven Millennium Villages being promoted by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.
The new development will be designed to higher than normal environmental performance standards and is to be set on a 158 acre brownfield site, formerly a gravel pit. It is owned by English Partnerships with the aim of promoting good design and sustainable development to demonstrate an environmentally friendly way of living. The brief will seek to encourage innovation in building technology and energy efficient development and will be a guide for selecting developers for the project. The village will use ground breaking technology, making community information available to the inhabitants through fibre optic cables to be viewed on the home television.
WYG will bring to bear a range of disciplines including town planning, environmental and civil engineering in preparing the developers prospectus.
Sue Ansbro, Director of Planning from WYG said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to aid the development and delivery of a 21st century community and push out the boundaries of design to develop a new pattern for future communities. It will be a model for utilising resources more efficiently both in construction and in subsequent use.”
Input to the project will be managed by WYG’s Leicester office supported by specialist staff from the company’s Leeds office, and it is anticipated that it will continue beyond the initial task of preparing the developers prospectus into addressing development issues and ensuring delivery of the Oakgrove Millennium Community.