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Green light for retail, intu Milton Keynes

The much anticipated redevelopment plans for intu Milton Keynes have been given the green light by planners.

intu, the owner, developer and manager of many of the UK’s prime regional shopping centres, submitted its planning application in May this year and have now been given approval by Milton Keynes Council.

The scheme, which will be one of the most significant retail and leisure development projects that Central Milton Keynes has seen in over a decade, will include a new dining quarter over two levels and a five-screen boutique cinema.

Designed by 3DReid, the redevelopment will add a further 100,000 sq ft to the prime 430,000 sq ft shopping centre, which has annual footfall of 16 million and boasts top retail brands such as Apple, Debenhams, H&M, Hugo Boss, Superdry and Zara.

Martin Breeden, Regional Director of intu, said:

“We’re delighted that our proposals have been approved. intu Milton Keynes is already the premium fashion pitch in the city and these plans will strengthen its position, creating a contemporary destination for customers to shop, eat, relax and socialise. We’ve had some good interest in the scheme as brands recognise the opportunity that Milton Keynes provides.”

intu’s proposals are in line with Central Milton Keynes’ continuing growth ambitions as set out within the local Neighbourhood Development Plan. This plan calls for an expanded and diversified retail offer in the city centre, a greater mix of dining and leisure in the evening as well as an emerging role as the centre of a prosperous and growing region of the country.

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