In addition to the stadium, which will seat 30,000 for footballand 35,000 for concerts, and the Asda Wal-Mart Supercentre, thedevelopment will include a 160,000-sf DIY store, A Media Village,including a hotel, offices and restaurant and two drive thrurestaurants.

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The application is called a 'hybrid' which is a cross between anoutline and full planning application. It has been submitted by aconsortium called 'Inter MK' made up of the music entrepreneurPeter Wenkelman; Asda Wal-Mart; English Partnerships; Milton KeynesCouncil; the MK Parks Trust and Wimbledon FC.

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Specialist planning consultancy Hepher Dixon acted as planningadvisor to the applicants, MK Stadium Consortium. Director RogerHepher said: "Milton Keynes is renowned for seizing opportunities,and that is what is happening here: the Council recognises that itnot only has a one-off opportunity to secure a major piece of cityinfrastructure, funded entirely by the private sector, but also aFirst Division Football Club too."

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