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We successfully supported St James Group (part of the Berkeley Group) and the wider design team to achieve planning consent for Milton Keynes East, a new mixed-use urban extension near Milton Keynes. The planning consent has secured outline permission for 4,000-4,600 homes, community facilities, approximately 400,000m2 of predominantly logistics employment space and new open space, and full permission for new strategic highways.

We formulated strategic energy, overheating and sustainability strategies for the development, with the aim of our work to ensure the scheme delivers a high quality and sustainable development.

The site will be subject to advancing energy standards over time, therefore key future-proofing measures will provide flexibility for the development to meet escalating standards. For instance, no new homes will be connected to the natural gas grid, with all heating requirements to originate from low or zero carbon sources. In order to ensure that the homes are designed to account for an ever warmer climate, an overheating mitigation framework will be implemented on each phase of the scheme. The sustainability strategy includes measures such as social value, water efficiency, circular economy principles, embodied carbon, sustainable transport, biodiversity and BREEAM.

We look forward to continuing our work with St James Group on this exciting project.