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Agora revival plans win major planning award

Wolverton’s Agora centre

Redevelopment plans for the Agora at Wolverton has won a prestigious award at the Planning Awards 2022.

Milton Keynes Council’s project was named Planning Permission of the Year, with the judges praising how the council has managed the proposals in a 21st-century styled development for a mixed-use regeneration scheme in a sensitive conservation area.

Love Wolverton has been praised for its joint working approach between the council, developer TOWN and Wolverton’s residents and businesses. The scheme includes:

  • 86 new rental homes, with 31 per cent being affordable housing;
  • A co-housing community for older people with 29 homes for sale and social rent;
  • Eight new shops for independent local businesses and a community space;
  • Car-free ‘little streets’ and a pocket park for residents and visitors;
  • A sustainable mobility hub, which includes an electric car club and bike hire facilities;
  • An energy microgrid that generates a large share of the annual energy needs of the development on-site.

Milton Keynes Council bought the Agora site earlier this year following a number of false starts on the project. The council was also awarded a special commendation for policies designed to tackle climate change through its Sustainable Construction Supplementary Planning Document.

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