Over the last two years, more than 300 of you have contributed to the design for a new place in the heart of Wolverton replacing the Agora Centre and Car Park. The planning application for Love Wolverton has been submitted, and with your support, we can make it a reality.
The planning application is the culmination of many years of work, not just by the developer and its design team but by local people and organisations who have worked to press for regeneration of the Agora over many years. It is a once-in-a-generation decision on the future of Wolverton town centre.
Your ideas have ensured that the plan includes retained views of St George’s Church, an improved bus stop, and a design that fits in better with the surrounding area.
To find out more about the plans, watch this short video:
Adding your support
It’s important for local democracy that as many people as possible give their views on major planning applications, whether critical or supportive.
Often people only comment on applications they oppose, or only give feedback on certain elements that they think are wrong with a proposal. This can give decision-makers, including the Council, an unrepresentative view of local sentiment.
Now is the time to add your support by commenting on the planning application.
The easiest way to do this is by sending an email to the Love Wolverton case officer.
The most impactful emails are ones that highlight in your own words what you like about the plan.
If you’re stuck for ideas, the following are some of the elements that members of the public have told us that they most appreciate.
- The creation of new homes that are a mix of market and affordable rent, making them accessible to people who can’t afford or don’t want to buy.
- An architectural style that is influenced by Wolverton’s Victorian character, including red brick walls.
- The reinstatement of Radcliffe Street, lost under the Agora 40 years ago, and the reconnection of Church Street to the town Square.
- Making Church Street into a two-sided high street by adding new shops, which will increase local spending and create new jobs for local residents. Church Street will also have new trees and greenery, along with parking spaces for visitors.
- The aim to be one of the most environmentally sustainable new developments anywhere in the UK. The highly energy-efficient, insulated and airtight buildings will be supplied with renewable electricity generated by an on-site microgrid.
- The introduction of new bike-share and car-club schemes to reduce reliance on private cars.
- Improved bus stopping arrangements through the introduction of marked bays for buses on the south side of Church Street.
- A new dedicated community space, and a new public ‘pocket’ park just off Buckingham Street and The Square.
For more detail, you can also view all of the application documents in easy-to-download format here.
What to do next
The Council is currently inviting comments on the application from statutory consultees and members of the public. It wishes to receive comments by 31st January, but comments made after this deadline will still be accepted.
To lend your support, please send an email to the Love Wolverton case officer.
Alternatively you can view and comment on the application via the Council’s website planning pages. You will need to enter the case reference number 20/03293/FUL and then go to the Comments tab to login and add your comments.