Councillors in Milton Keynes will be asked to support a project to relocate the Open University campus to the city centre.

Milton Keynes City Council cabinet will be asked to support the Open University’s Campus 2030 project which involves moving from its current site at Walton Hall in the south east of the city, at its November 7 meeting.

The council has long wanted a city centre undergraduate university which is likely to bring economic benefits and add to the area’s leisure and culture.

Milton Keynes Development Partnership (MKDP), a company owned by the city council to develop MKDP land, is working with the Open University to produce a business case for the move development, which will be put to the university’s council in July 2024.

Council leader Cllr Pete Marland said: “The Open University recently approached Milton Keynes City Council and requested formal support to help them progress their Campus 2030 business case.

“Milton Keynes is very proud to be the home of the Open University who have been the gateway to so many people from around the world to achieve their ambition for more than 50 years.

“If the OU’s business case ultimately supports a move to the city centre, it would have a very significant and positive impact – for local students, and in terms of economic and cultural development, and it would give a new vitality to the centre.

“A thriving city centre university campus would be a fantastic addition to our forward-thinking city.”

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