Plans to build more than 70 new homes on ‘rough grassland’ in a village have been approved.

Milton Keynes Council has permitted a planning application by Taylor Wimpey relating to land off Daubeney Gate, in Shenley Church End.

Plans detail the ‘erection of 73 residential properties in a mix of three, four and five-bedroom two-storey detached, semi-detached and terraced homes (27 affordable)’, all with “good sized rear gardens”.

Vehicle access will be from Daubeney Gate and Vache Lane.

Up to 198 parking spaces are also proposed.

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But some were not in favour of the scheme fearing its impact on wildlife, and potential tree removal.

“I wholeheartedly object to the building of 73 residential dwellings at the expense of the ‘scrub’ hedgerows and trees on this little haven that’s left for wildlife,” wrote Ms Susan Walters.

“The removal of this to build yet more houses is very upsetting, to uproot and destroy what’s left of ancient woodland adjacent to an ancient monument (a Medieval manorial complex) is fundamentally wrong.”

She added: “The grassland floods most years. The road approaches to the site are very narrow and I believe most unsuitable for such a large number of houses.”

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Mrs Lucy Davies said of the ancient monument: “MK Council has made some errors in the past with historic spaces being built on (take for instance the true Secklow Mound).

“We would urge you not to allow this area to be built on (the scrub triangle in particular) without a full and detailed archaeological survey.”

The site is designated for development in the MK Plan.

In 2016, permission for a new free school (primary) was granted. These proposals did not come forward and the site was re-allocated for residential use.

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