Milton Keynes has land available for warehouse and distribution developments, a senior official at the council told our Sheds & Logistics Development Conference.

Head of Economy and Culture at Milton Keynes Council Pam Gosal used her keynote presentation to outline progress on the development of the UK’s largest new town.

She said that Milton Keynes still has land, including sites that the council owns itself.

And while the council’s local plan has only just been adopted, Gosal said Milton Keynes has already started revising its development blueprint, partly in a bid to ensure that it has an adequate supply of sites for the area’s booming logistics sector.

However Gosal said the ‘very low unemployment rate’ in Milton Keynes, where the number of jobs outstrips the working age population, is a ‘challenge’ for businesses locating there.

Milton Keynes, which is already one of the UK’s fastest growing major settlements, is looking to double its population from the current level of 258,000 by 2050.

Gosal also revealed that the South East Midlands LEP (SEMLEP) is working with nearby based Cranfield University to establish a centre of excellence for the technological challenges facing the logistics sector.