Railway Works Planning Application

Call in request refused – March 2017

It has now been confirmed by the National Planning Casework Unit that the application will not be called in by the Secretary of State.

This means that the decision to approve the application, made by Milton Keynes’ elected councillors on the Development Control Committee, still stands.  It is now anticipated that the formal granting of planning permission for the regeneration of the Wolverton Works will be issued by the Council in the coming weeks, subject to the finalising of the agreements that will set the various planning conditions and financial contributions.

Outline planning application subject to call-in request to Government

Future Wolverton has become aware that a call-in request to Central Government has been made  over the Outline planning application for the Railway Works site, which was approved by MK Council at the end of last year.

We understand that many local people are concerned about the demolition of the railway works buildings on the site, and we can understand why a call in was made. We also recognise that change and investment is needed to secure railway employment in the Town.

Our response to the planning application highlighted a number of issues where the application failed to meet the requirements of policy W3 of the Neighbourhood Plan.

No decision has yet been made by the National Planning Case Work Unit as to whether the call-in will be granted.

If it is granted St Modwen will be unable to proceed with their plans until the Secretary of State has considered the planning application.

If the request is granted, Milton Keynes Council will continue to work with St Modwen to secure a section 106 agreement for the site which sets out the contributions that will be made to local infrastructure such as school places, health services and roads.

This situation does not impact on the development of the Lidl store, as this was a separate planning application.

Outline planning permission secured – November 2016

Outline planning permission was secured by St Modwen for the redevelopment of the Railway Works site at a meeting of Milton Keynes Council’s Development Control Committee on Thursday 17th November.

Some additional conditions were imposed by Councillors including the requirement for a play area for younger children on the site.  Detailed planning applications will be required for both the employment land and the residential phase.

Amended master-plan submitted – September 2016

Following the approval of the planning application for the Lidl foodstore, St Modwen have now submitted revised proposals for the rest of the Railway Works site.

The outline planning application can be viewed on Milton Keynes Council’s Planning Access System under reference number 15/02030/OUTEIS 

Details of the proposal can also be found on the project website www.wolvertonworks.com

Future Wolverton’s response to the outline application can be viewed here.

Plans to develop LIDL Store receives Planning Permission

At a meeting of the Development Control Committee of MK Council on Thursday 1st September 2016, St Modwen were given planning permission to develop a Discount Supermarket. This represents phase 1 of their plans to redevelop the Railway Works site.

We understand that permission was granted with conditions attached, the detail of which are currently being agreed with Officers at MK Council.

Planning application for Foodstore on part of the Railway Works site

St Modwen have submitted a planning application for a Lidl foodstore to be developed on part of the Railway Works site.  The area of land in question is at the bottom of Radcliffe Street, alongside the Old Bath House & Community Centre.

The full details of the planning application can be viewed on Milton Keynes Council’s Planning Access System using reference 16/00360/FUL.

Future Wolverton’s response to the planning application can be read here.

The outline planning application for the whole of the Railway Works site is the subject of further heritage studies commissioned by St Modwen on the advice of Milton Keynes Council.

Answers to public questions now available

Following the Public Meeting about the Railway Works planning application in November 2015, St Modwen have now provided answers to all the public questions raised. Their response can be downloaded here.

St Modwen have also provided a further document which explains their approach to the retention of the historic buildings and structures on the site. This can be downloaded here.

Update on Railway Works Planning Application – November 2015

We understand from Officers at Milton Keynes Council that St Modwen are proposing to make some changes to their planning application for the Railway Works site.

This means that the application is unlikely to go to Development Control Committee at Milton Keynes Council before February 2016.

There is likely to be further community consultation in February regarding the changes to the application.

Planning Application information – September 2015

An outline planning application has been submitted by St Modwen PLC, owners of the Railway Works site.

The application is for:

  • Demolition of all existing structures (except part of the lifting shop building and the brick wall on Stratford Road which are partially demolished)
  • Development to create a new employment floorspace (use classes B1/B2/B8),
  • Development of up to 375 residential units (Use class C3)
  • Development of a new foodstore (use class A1)
  • Development of a new community facility (use class D1 or D2)
  • New hard and soft landscaping, open space and public realm
  • Amended site vehicular access including alterations to junctions and pavements.

Documents are available to view on the Milton Keynes Council’s online planning system under reference 15/02030/OUT or by following the link http://bit.ly/1HRwsqx

Local people are encouraged to give their views on the application by registering with the Milton Keynes online planning access system or e-mailing the Senior Planning Officer responsible for the application Jeremy.Lee@milton-keynes.gov.uk

The application is expected to go to Milton Keynes Council Development Control Committee in December or early January 2016.

Public Meeting – November 2015

Future Wolverton and Wolverton & Greenleys Town Council held a Public Meeting in to discuss the planning application on Tuesday 10th November at 7pm at St George’s Church, Wolverton. 

St Modwen presented key information about the planning application, and information was given about the Railway Works Policy as contained in the Wolverton Town Centre Neighbourhood Plan.

Those present then gathered into smaller groups to share their thoughts about the planning application, and to come up with any questions they had about the application.  The full list of questions and comments raised at the Public Meeting can be viewed here.