1.  Information for residents in Tinkers Bridge

2. Information for Milton Keynes Council tenants in Tinkers Bridge 

3. Information for homeowners and landlords in Tinkers Bridge

4. Information for private and Housing Association tenants in Tinkers Bridge 

5. Information for businesses in Tinkers Bridge 


1. Information for residents in Tinkers Bridge

What is going to happen in Tinkers Bridge?

If you live in Tinkers Bridge, we will begin engagement with you about what work needs to be done in 2020.

We will create a masterplan with residents and architects working together. There will be a range of ways that you can be involved to help develop the masterplan: from one to one conversations with us to working with the expert designers and architects in small planning workshops. 


Why do we have to wait until 2020?

Due to the condition of North Bradville and Fullers Slade and the Lakes Estate, we will be starting work with these areas first, before starting any work with areas in Tinkers Bridge. 

As well as this poor condition, other important factors such as the funding available and the scale of the work necessary, mean that we need to work with other areas first.


Will the money run out before you get to us?

No. This is a 15 year programme and YourMK is committed to delivering regeneration across all areas that need it. We plan 5 years ahead which means we can make sure the work we do will fund future work.


What will happen between now and 2020?

If you are a council tenant we are fully committed to looking after your home. We will continue to provide an excellent responsive repairs and maintenance service.

If you have a repair, call us 24 hours a day on 0330 123 2522.


Are you going to demolish homes?

We don’t know the scale of the work yet, as the masterplan hasn’t been developed yet. We will do this with you.  

YourMK will be responsible for major commercial (or business) decisions, but we want the communities in Tinkers Bridge to work with us to shape their plan.


Will disabled residents who live in bungalows be able to continue to live in bungalows after regeneration?

Accommodation will meet the needs of the individuals who will live there. For the case of Milton Keynes Council tenants with disabilities, this may mean new bungalows or it may mean fully accessible apartments.


Could the new houses be smaller than I have at the moment? 

We know that the size of your home is incredibly important to you, and we will ensure that all YourMK new homes are larger than the new national spaces standards for housing, larger than the older housing stock built to Parker Morris standards, and larger than many of the new affordable homes being built elsewhere within the city.

Our goal is to create, innovative homes which people want to live in, which work for different sized families at different life stages. 

 

Will residents have to sacrifice a lot of green space?

We don’t know this kind of detail yet. We know that people value some of the green spaces where they live and we want to protect this as much as we can. But, to fund and deliver improvements, we may need to build on existing open space.

Development will be in line with the Council's strict policies on density and open space. The process will be community-led and we are committed to being open and honest about these plans.

2. Information for Milton Keynes Council tenants in Tinkers Bridge

I am in the process of Right-To-Buy. What shall I do?

You should continue with the process. If and when the time comes that you will no longer be able to purchase your property through the Right-To-Buy process, we will let you know.

 

If my home is knocked down, where will I move to?

We do not have this level of detail yet. There are no specific plans at the moment. In order to develop these plans for your area, there will be extensive consultation, about all the options before decisions are made. If the plan is to replace homes, then we will make any move as stress-free as possible.


Who will cover the costs of being moved if that happens?

It is likely that YourMK would cover the cost of moving council tenants, but the policy and process for this are yet to be agreed.


Will we still be council tenants with the same type of tenancy?

Yes. Your tenancy agreement will be with Milton Keynes Council, and tenants with a secure tenancy will find their tenancy agreement unaffected by regeneration.


Will I need to pay more rent if my home is improved?

You might. The rent of your home may increase due to improvement works, however we expect that any improvement work will significantly reduce the cost of bills for you. This means the overall cost to you will not increase.

 

Is the amount of social housing going to be reduced?

No. YourMK has made a commitment that there will be no overall loss of council owned homes as a result of regeneration.  All plans will comply with council planning policies regarding the provision of affordable housing.

3. Information for homeowners and landlords in Tinkers Bridge

Does regeneration affect my home as well as Council owned homes?

If the regeneration plan for Tinkers Bridge only involves carrying out investment work to council owned properties, this will not affect you.

If the plans are to fully re-develop Tinkers Bridge, replacing old homes with new ones, we will discuss this with you, and work towards reaching an agreement through a series of one-on-one conversations about the available options.


If, as a homeowner, regeneration of my area means you need my property, I am worried that I am not going to be able to afford to buy another property in Milton Keynes.

We understand that this is a concern. We will engage with you in developing the regeneration plan for Tinkers Bridge. We will discuss your needs and options personally with you as a homeowner through one to one conversations to reach agreement. 


Will you use Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPOs)?

We hope this won’t be necessary, although it is an option. We will endeavour to reach an agreement with each homeowner in the first instance. If CPOs do turn out to be necessary, then an independent process will be agreed.

 

How will my property be valued?

If a valuation is a required part of a CPO process, this will be done using an independent valuation procedure.

 

4. Information for private and Housing Association tenants in Tinkers Bridge

If the regeneration plan for Tinkers Bridge only involves carrying out investment work to council owned properties, this will not affect you. We recommend you speak to your landlord about any future plans they may have.

If the plans are to fully re-develop Tinkers Bridge, including the property you rent, we will discuss this with you and your landlord.

5. Information for businesses in Tinkers Bridge

If the regeneration plan for Tinkers Bridge only involves carrying out investment work to council owned properties, this will not affect you.

If the plans are to fully re-develop Tinkers Bridge, including the property you own or rent for business purposes we will discuss this with you, and work towards reaching an agreement through a series of one-on-one conversations about the available options.