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WOLVERTON WORKS FOODSTORE PLANNING DECISION DEFERRED

Councillors request site visit before debating application

At last week’s meeting of Milton Keynes’ Development Control Committee, the decision on St. Modwen’s application for a Lidl foodstore at Wolverton Works was deferred so that councillors on the committee could attend a visit to the site. 

Councillors voted to carry out a site visit in August to gain a better understanding of the plans before considering the planning application at their next committee meeting. The detailed planning application was submitted by St. Modwen in February 2016 and was subsequently amended, in response to feedback received, to better reflect the heritage of the area.

Gary Morris, Senior Development Manager at St. Modwen, said: “We’ve been working closely with Milton Keynes Council, local stakeholders and the community for a long time to make sure that our proposals for this site will be of real benefit to Wolverton. 

“As such, it is important that members fully understand the context of the foodstore proposal, as it is the first phase of the wider regeneration project which will deliver retained rail-related business space and new housing on the remainder of the site. We believe it will be helpful for councillors to have a chance to visit the site and see for themselves how this vacant brownfield site could be transformed.”

“We are therefore very happy to work with Milton Keynes Council, to ensure that councillors fully understand the plans and can make a decision on this application with an appreciation of all the facts.”

Following the site visit, the Development Control Committee will make a decision on the application at its next meeting, scheduled for Thursday 1st September.