Video report by ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes
Famous for its concrete cows and roundabouts, Milton Keynes is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
The project to build a ‘new town’ in Buckinghamshire to relieve a housing shortage in London began on 23 January 1967.
The then housing minister Anthony Greenwood granted permission to transform 8,850 hectares of farmland and undeveloped villages into a town of 250,000 people.
In five decades, it has changed beyond recognition.
“To begin with it didn’t affect people that much because the farmers were allowed to carry on… Obviously over the years there has been an enormous amount of building on all the fields and the farms have ceased to exist.”
MK - as it is known to locals - is now used as a model for cities around the world.
Businesses in Milton Keynes in 2017
The original village is now found just off one of the roads that form a grid system - a town plan that is unique in the UK.
The road network was built in the 1970s - and Milton Keynes has become known for its high number of roundabouts.
The Deputy Mayor of Milton Keynes, who grew up in the town, takes pride its unique identity.
Cllr David Hopkins believes those who live there have "nothing to be ashamed of".
"We've nothing to be ashamed of in Milton Keynes - yes we do have roundabouts because it helps make the traffic move faster, we do have concrete cows because that's the symbol of Milton Keynes."
Milton Keynes Council is now looking ahead to the next half century.
They recently created the MKFutures 2050 commission to decide what the borough needs to ensure future prosperity.
"What we wanted to do was think about what kind of skills and education the population might need, what kind a city might need, and what kind of approach to things like transportation and mobility would we need to be able to thrive into the future whatever the circumstances."
It is also in the running to become the European City of Culture in 2023.
In 1967 the plan for a new town called Milton Keynes was innovative and ambitious.
Now they want to map out a road ahead that continues to follow a futuristic route.