St. Modwen submits planning application as Lidl is confirmed as operator
St. Modwen has submitted a detailed planning application for a new foodstore as part of its wider proposals for the regeneration of Wolverton Works. Terms have been agreed with Lidl to operate the foodstore, and it is anticipated that legal negotiations will be completed soon.
The foodstore will be located to the east of the Works site on vacant land which has been surplus to the operational requirements of Knorr-Bremse.
If planning is approved, the delivery of the foodstore will form the first phase of St. Modwen’s regeneration plans for the site which are driven by the need to provide new rail-related commercial premises to safeguard local jobs, as well as much-needed new homes.
Gary Morris, Senior Development Manager at St. Modwen said: “We have sought to bring forward this separate application, in advance of the determination of the main application for the wider regeneration scheme, in order to respond to local demand for this type of foodstore and to utilise this currently vacant and unused land.
“We have already received positive feedback from the public in relation to this application and look forward to working with Lidl to bring a new retail offer to Wolverton.”
Milton Keynes Council will now carry out statutory consultation in relation to the application and it is anticipated that a decision will be reached in late spring. Pending a positive planning decision, and the conclusion of legal agreements with Lidl and Knorr-Bremse, St. Modwen hopes to be on site later this year with Lidl open for business in Autumn 2017.
In relation to the main outline planning application for the whole site, Gary Morris continues: “As can often be the case with large-scale planning applications, more time is required for the Council and St. Modwen to continue to exchange information and discuss this complex and important application. St. Modwen has therefore agreed to an extension of time for the Council to make a decision on the application, so this did not go to the planning committee in February as had been anticipated. We will continue to provide updates to the community as our discussions with the Council progress.”