Following refusal of the Aldi planning application by Milton Keynes Council, Future Wolverton remain upbeat about the prospects of a discount Foodstore coming to Wolverton.

Milton Keynes Council declined Aldi’s application for a site outside of the Town Centre as it went against both local and national planning policy.

Future Wolverton have always wanted Aldi to come to Wolverton.

However, the site they were seeking planning permission for would have undermined the efforts of local businesses and the local community to regenerate the Town Centre.

For the past two years, the Wolverton community have been developing a Neighbourhood Plan for the Town Centre which focusses on the redevelopment of the Agora, and revitalisation of the town centre and Railway Works site.

This follows a process of inviting residents’ views on regeneration issues through a series of high profile consultation activities over ten years led by Future Woverton’s forerunner, Wolverton Unlimited.

The draft Neighbourhood plan has gone through extensive consultation over the last two years, and is a clear reflection of the concerns and wishes of local people.

There are alternative sites for a discount supermarket in the town, including a site on the Railway Works land alongside Tesco which is in the ownership of St Modwen Properties.

Future Wolverton look forward to supporting future consultation about this site and the wider proposals for the Railway Works site during the Autumn.

Future Wolverton remain committed to delivering the long-held aspiration of the local community to regenerate Wolverton town centre.