March 2016 - Planning permission was granted in principle to Brickhill Estates for the demolition of the existing AGORA building and construction of a new mixed use development, retaining 90 car parking spaces for the town and 100 residential homes, however the applicant decided not to proceed with this development, and since this time another developer TOWN has become interested in the development
December 2017 Update - A meeting was held by MKC on the 22nd December regards the plans for the sale of the Agora Car Park; this was attended by representatives of WGTC and local businesses and community representatives.
WGTC are in support of the development of the Agora, but understand that the car park has been earmarked for a predominantly residential development, meaning the loss of the current free parking within the Town centre.
The car park was leased by MKC who owned the freehold of this to the AGORA, and had been approached by the developer to sell the freehold to them for development. At the meeting held it was agreed that, MKC would sell the car park to town for an agreed figure, but this would be subject to the following stringent conditions:
i – Setting up a working committee, representing local and community interests for the development
ii – That any developments are subject to planning permission being agreed by MKC
12.11.18 Deal struck with UK-Swedish development team for £25m Agora regeneration. You can view the press release here
Meeting January 2019
The Working Group met to discuss the ongoing proposed development for the Agora and its car park on 14.01.19. At this meeting it has was agreed to hold a stakeholder Workshop at the end of February, which will involve the Local Businesses within Wolverton.
Plans are afoot to undertake a traffic management survey on Church Street, Creed Street and Radcliffe Street along with 24-hour survey of the current car park at the Agora to assess the traffic flow and the usage of the car park, before the end of February.
ANPR's are now in place, along with "The Beat" survey which is providing critical information for the developer to asses the traffic coming into and out of the Town Centre along with the usage of the the Agora Car Park. This is a scheme that includes a manned patrol of the area mapping of the Agora, this involves mapping out each of its bays every 15 minutes to asses the type of usage. This initial results for this are not expected to be available until before the Stakeholder meeting.
Following the last meeting held prior to the Christmas break, draft plans for the proposed parking schemes were revealed. As part of the proposal the Agora car park will be redeveloped for housing. The Working Group are currently looking at the options to mitigate the loss of the car parking for the town, see the attached plan which the developer has provided
WGTC welcomes your feedback on this proposal and we would love to hear your thoughts on this. Please forward any comments on this to us by email