Judicial Review Update - Railway Works loses Appeal - 31.07.18
WGTC have been informed by Historic England of the High Court's decision following their appeal against the development of the Wolverton Railway works.
"The High Court has declined to quash the Council’s decision to grant planning permission for the almost complete demolition of the railway works...The judge considered that the (MK) Council was, in law, entitled to come to the conclusion that the future use of one part of the site for railway-related employment and the replacement of the rest for housing outweighed the retention of the unlisted buildings for the contribution they make to the character of Wolverton."
Planning permission was granted
for a new Lidl store on the Works site next to Tesco on 21st
September 2016, despite serious concerns about the extra traffic at a busy
point in Stratford Road and the loss of about 15 current parking spaces to enable
access to it. The discount food store itself is very welcome to our area.
The development will be delivered in
phases, and works are now progressing with the food store which is due to be
completed in time for opening in Easter 2018. Redevelopment of the site for
Knorr-Bremse will then be followed by approximately 375 new homes, during 2018
to 2021 and an area for employment. WGTC are currently in contact with
MKC regards the "Outline Planning Permission" for the site
and have asked to be kept up to date with any developments at the site,
which includes the plans for the bus stop, creating public access via
pedestrian crossing to the store and the lowering of part of the wall to create
an access point to the store. Concerns have been raised about the
proposed bus stop and pedestrian crossing and discussions are underway with
regards to what engagement has been carried out for this proposal, these are
ongoing at present.
Inspections have been carried
out to the wall and WGTC have been advised that any brickworks removed
will be used to replace those that are beyond repair. The development
will mean that we will also see the wall be re-pointed.
26.01.18 Permission has now been given
by MK Planning to the developer to begin the breach works on the wall
along Stratford Road, we are advised that this work is imminent.
02.02.18 Notification received for
the relocation of the bus stop on Stratford Road and
the proposed crossing "Planning
permission was granted for the Lidl supermarket development scheme off
Stratford Road, Wolverton on 21st September 2016 and, at the
recommendation of Milton Keynes Council as Highway Authority, a planning
condition included requiring the developer to provide a pedestrian crossing on
Stratford Road near the junction of Radcliffe Road which also
requires the relocation of the existing Bus Stop. GF Tomlinson & Son have
been appointed to undertake construction of the pedestrian crossing works.
Technical approval and a Section 278 was granted 18th August 2017.
Permit for the construction of the new signals /
relocation of the bus stop has been granted and works on site are programmed to
commence on 12th February 2018. The works should take approximately
5 weeks and will be carried out in stages to minimise disruption for local
residents and businesses.
GF Tomlinson & Son will be providing
information signs and undertake a letter drop to keep Stratford Road frontages
advised (please see plan and letter attached) on Monday 05th
February. Two / Three-way traffic signal control and single lane working will
be required (a pedestrian phase will be included in the temporary traffic
signals) to assist In the safe crossing from northern footpath to the southern
footpath. Some suspension of approximately 4-5 existing parking bays will be
required for the works.
works will be between Monday to Friday with some Saturday working
19.03.18 - Construction of the new signalised pedestrian
crossing and relocation of the existing bus stop that are in progress.
improvement / repair works to the existing boundary wall were identified by the
contractor and have been incorporated within the scope of this scheme. This was
to minimise disruption to local residents, traffic and on safety grounds. Unfortunately,
this now means that the overall program has had to be been extended to cover
all the works.
Works to the wall
and new signalised crossing on the north side of Stratford Road should be
completed by w/e 08th April 2018. The contractor will then move to
the south side on Monday 09th April, traffic will be controlled by
temporary 2-way traffic lights. In order to carry out the proposed footway
works on the south side and for safety reasons they will require the temporary
suspension of 4 no parking bays for a 3-week period. Work
will be carried out Monday to Friday with some works on Saturdays. It is
anticipated that all works will be completed by end of April 2018.
The contractor is working closely with MKC Network
Management and Highways Adoptions Teams and will make every endeavour to
complete the works as quickly as possible.
emergency access to properties will be maintained at all times. There are no
planned road closures. Letters have been delivered to businesses along
As soon as we get
further information on any other developments at this site, we will endeavour
to update you here on this site.