Former Bletchley B&M could become a car sales site after slowly becoming an ‘eye-sore’

A former Milton Keynes B&M that has been vacant for around half a decade could find a new lease of life as a car dealership – if the plans are given. B&M left the site at 103 Watling Street, Bletchley, in 2017 and the site was targeted by vandals for the next five years.

Today Motorsport Limited has applied for permission to convert the site and its car park into a car sales site. Around 40 new jobs would be created under the scheme, with the site due to undergo a £1.5million refurbishment as a result.

A planning statement submitted with the application stated; “The proposed site comprises the former B&M store and associated car park and service area at 103 Watling Street, Milton Keynes. The property is situated on the south side of Watling Street with the railway line forming the southern boundary, beyond which is a mix of residential and employment properties, including Eclipse Autos and Deals on Wheels.

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“Matalan is located immediately to the west, beyond which are the premises of the Tesco Extra, Ikea and Kia and Hyundai car dealerships. Immediately north of Watling Street there is a dual Peugeot and Citroën car dealership.

The Watling Street B&M site as it looks today

“Across from the site on the north side of Watling Street are residential properties and to the east is Fenny Stratford station. There is a northwest corner and car park on the east side of the site.

“There are mature trees on the Watling Street frontage. The site has been vacant since July 30, 2017 and at that time was subject to anti-social vandalism and is now dilapidated and somewhat ugly.”

He added that it would be ‘perverse’ if the site were not allowed to become a car showroom, saying: This is a logical site for such use and the existing character of the surrounding area means that the proposal will not impact the residential development of surrounding properties or the character and appearance of the street. Reusing and upgrading an existing building is also fully aligned with Milton Keynes’ sustainability goals of circular economy and waste reduction. »

Consultation on the proposed scheme is currently underway. Milton Keynes Council is expected to decide whether the planning application is allowed over the next few months.

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