Just minutes from bustling Central Milton Keynes and next to the tranquil surrounds of Campbell Park, Campbell Wharf is an exciting new development which will sit alongside the Grand Union Canal.
Campbell Wharf will bring 20 acres of allocated land, previously owned by the Milton Keynes Development Partnership (MKDP), into innovative use as a new canalside quarter. MKDP is owned by Milton Keynes Council and was set up to promote the development of the authority’s land assets to deliver economic and social value from the sites.
As far back as the 1970’s, development plans for this part of Milton Keynes included the creation of a new marina on the Grand Union Canal. The original waterside scheme was designed to bring a new offer to the area for residents and visitors alike, with increased leisure and recreation facilities, food and drink provision, new homes and work space.
Milton Keynes Council had aspirations going back many years for development on the Campbell Wharf site, and permission for this was granted under the New Towns Act of 1981. In 1992, the Central MK Plan allocated the canal-side sites for a mixture of residential and commercial uses, before the plan was developed through the new towns commission and a steering group comprised of local representatives.
Crest Nicholson gained planning permission for a mixed-use residential and commercial development on the western side of the Grand Union Canal in Autumn 2017. Following on from this, permission was granted for a 111-berth marina and waterside pub on the eastern side of the Canal, known as Newlands. Construction work began in February 2018, as the new vision for the area got underway.
While the plans have moved on from the original ideas discussed back in the 70’s, the ethos remains and residents and visitors will be able to visit the canal-side pub and local facilities.