By Phil Marsh
AS REPORTED in HR issue 231, the first stage of the so-called ‘redevelopment’ of Wolverton Works by property developer St Modwen commenced on July 3.
This involved land clearance of a former workshop and traverser area revealing rail, hawsers and other related materials. Parts of the famous mile-long 10ft-high works brick wall will also be demolished as part of this work.
Planning consent was granted in August 2015 to clear the land and then build a discount supermarket but crucially, there was no application for any demolition sought or granted.
In a second planning hearing on November 17, 2016 St Modwen was granted outline planning consent to demolish 95% of the buildings on the rest of the site despite the whole area being contained within a conservation area.
The applicant promised that no demolition would take place before detailed planning approval had been granted in several years’ time.
At this hearing, it was agreed by Milton Keynes’ planners that the Section 106 funding levy would be £3 million, £750,000 below national planning policy guidelines, and affordable housing levels set at 12% – when national guidelines suggest 30% is the acceptable level.
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