Work is under way to deliver Milton Keynes’ first major regeneration project on the Lakes Estate in Bletchley.

Building contractors Graham has started onsite to build almost 200 new council homes, a nursery, community centre and retail space.

Proposals were given planning permission in March 2022, following extensive engagement with the local community which first began in 2017.

In a ballot the following year, 93 per cent of voters wanted the demolition and redevelopment of Serpentine Court.

Some wider public realm work has already been completed with four new play parks and improvements to courtyards.

The project is being funded by the city council’s investment of almost £70 million and being topped up by a grant of just under £15m from Homes England.

Cabinet member for adults, housing and healthy communities, Cllr Emily Darlington said: “This is a really proud moment for the community. The Lakes Estate is the biggest project in our history and a perfect example of how the community can work with the local council to deliver positive change.

“Residents are seeing their hard work and dedication turn into reality. I thank everyone for their involvement so far on this vital project which will deliver better life opportunities for generations to come.”

Image: Cllr Emily Darlington and Jonathan Hall, managing director of Graham’s building south division.

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