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 LAND BANK INVESTMENT AT BOW BRICKHILL


Land sold in very small parcels by European Land Sales Partnership off London End Lane and/or Downs View in Bow Brickhill has not been included in the Milton Keynes Core Strategy adopted in July 2013. 

This land has not been proposed for development and it has nothing to do with any plans for the expansion of Milton Keynes. 

The Milton Keynes Core Strategy is a Local Plan which provides strategic planning policy up to the year 2026.

On October 13th 2004  Milton Keynes Council agreed to an Article 4 Direction for this land in Bow Brickhill which was split into many plots and sold for land banking investment.

Milton Keynes Council
commented:

"Milton Keynes Council is aware that a plot of land immediately to the south of Bow Brickhill is currently being marketed as a potential development area. The site is an area of some 2.6 hectares and road access is shown from the cul de sac of Downs View and also from London End Lane.

The site falls outside the defined limits of development of Bow Brickhill village, within the open countryside and the Brickhills Area of Attractive Landscape. Planning policy for this area is not to allow new housing unless it is essential for farming, forestry or countryside recreation."

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Land Registry has produced a useful guide entitled "Land banking schemes – buying land in England and Wales claimed or thought to have development potential  

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The Campaign for the Protection of Rural England launched a campaign against landbanking and called for the Government to clamp down on the schemes - .... more

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BBC South covered the activities of European Land Sales - the partnership which sold the plots for land banking in Bow Brickhill - on Monday 25th September 2006 - click here for more information

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European Land Sales Partnership - sales techniques challenged in Australia 
... more

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THE SITE

This is an aerial image of Bow Brickhill.  The meadow bought and split into plots and sold for landbanking has been coloured here in orange. A footpath which runs through this meadow is coloured yellow.  A field gate  to the meadow is shown coloured red. More information about the supposed access routes to the meadow can be seen in these photographs - click here.

The meadow, which can actually only be accessed from a footpath at the end of London End Lane or a field gate from Downs View,  lies to the south of Station Road (Land Registry reference BM286658)The  pictures (click here) are not taken from 'clever' angles, they show the reality.  

Note in particular the photograph of the field gate access from Downs View,  a “right of way” for the owner of the “adjoining land situated to the south” of Downs View for the “passage and repassage of farm vehicles and mechanically propelled farm implements only and should not be used for the driving of cattle or any other animals”.

A hand drawn map of the site showing the actual status of the access points is shown here.  

There is no public road access to the meadow, there has never been any, none has been planned nor is it anticipated there will ever be public road access to the meadow.

Bow Brickhill is surrounded on all sides by open countryside and this meadow lies within an Area of Attractive Landscape.  Protected species have been found nearby.  The possibility of this site ever being developed is remote in the extreme. 

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London End Lane is not a suitable access route for development:

On 13 February 2002 a planning application  for land served by London End Lane  - a development of five terraced houses -  was considered and rejected by Milton Keynes Council.  Papers before the Council at that meeting contained the following paragraphs:

“Senior Engineer, Highways Development Control recommends refusal on the grounds that the roads serving this site are not suitable to accommodate the additional vehicular and pedestrian traffic that the proposed houses would generate, leading to the site are not suitable to accommodation the additional vehicular and pedestrian usage generated by the proposed houses. [sic] London End Lane is in place too narrow to properly accommodate emergency or service vehicles, there is no footway, verges, lighting or drainage.  Forward visibility at the junction with Church Road is hazardously sub-standard.”

London End Road is very narrow and scales as approximately 2.2 metres minimum at the entrance to the site increasing to approximately 3.0 meters towards the existing houses at the junction with Church Road.  The Council’s senior Highway Engineer has recommended that planning permission be refused on the grounds that the roads serving this site are not suitable to accommodate the additional vehicular and pedestrian traffic that the proposed houses would generate and as such would prejudice highway safety and convenience.”

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