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ST. MODWEN SUBMITS PLANNING APPLICATION FOR WOLVERTON WORKS

Plans safeguard hundreds of jobs for Wolverton

St. Modwen, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, has submitted a planning application for the regeneration of the Wolverton Works which will safeguard hundreds of current and future rail-related jobs for the town. 

Plans for the £100m development will provide new, modern commercial premises to ensure a thriving business community on site for the long-term. This will support hundreds of jobs at the Works and allow future business growth on the site. As only half of the site is required to provide premises for modern business operations, St. Modwen is proposing a mixed-use development on the remainder of the site, with up to 375 new homes and a small foodstore complemented by a heritage centre and extensive landscaping.

The plans have been submitted following detailed consultation with the local community, key stakeholders, the Town Council and Milton Keynes council, along with extensive surveys and technical studies.

Gary Morris, Senior Development Manager at St. Modwen said: “Our priority for these regeneration plans, first and foremost, has always been to ensure jobs are maintained on this site for Wolverton. However, with modern business efficiencies meaning less space is needed for operations, there is also a fantastic opportunity to provide much-needed new homes for the town, improve the retail offer with a foodstore and honour the heritage of the site with a heritage centre.”

To complement the commercial uses to the east of the site, high quality new homes will be delivered to the west of the site, including the former car showroom site. These homes will offer a range of sizes and styles to meet local needs and will be arranged in ‘character areas’ to reflect past and existing buildings in the neighbouring area. As well as the heritage centre, the nature of which is currently being considered in consultation with Milton Keynes Museum and others, the extensive landscaping and public open spaces around the new homes will also reflect the heritage of the site with a number of rail related features incorporated throughout. 

Alongside strong demand for more quality local homes, St. Modwen also reports strong interest from food store operators in the first phase of the proposals. Proposed to the east of the site on the edge of the town centre, the new foodstore is positioned to encourage linked trips to Wolverton Town Centre, supporting the town’s long-held regeneration objectives.

With the planning application now submitted, Milton Keynes Council will undertake its own statutory public consultation. It is anticipated that the Council’s planning committee will make a decision on the application later this year. Further detailed planning applications will then be submitted before work commences on each phase of development.

If the planning application is successful, the development is proposed to be delivered in phases with the foodstore being brought forward first in 2016/2017; the new commercial buildings, the new housing and heritage centre will follow in subsequent years.