The supermarket, which has received acclaim, even beating Waitrose in terms of popularity is planning to open a shop at a former car showroom site on Stratford Road. This will result in the creation of 30 new jobs to the area; A result in which Wolverton and Greenleys Town Council have added their support.
Up to 100 locals packed out the Wyvern School in Aylesbury Street to hear from Aldi representatives on their investment plans for the town. However, the proposals may not be enough to ensure that the new 1,525 square metre site will be built. Planning officers at Milton Keynes Council – who will make a recommendation to the Development Control Committee on whether it should receive planning permission – have raised concerns about the location of the site.
Fortunately, Wolverton residents were adamant that the site was in the right location, with a number saying that it should not be delayed in case of any future redevelopment of the Agora in the town centre. One local resident was quoted as saying: “I think the majority of people in Wolverton are in favour of a store in that location, primarily because there is no retail at that end of Wolverton.
“The concern is that while most people are in favour it could be rejected on some nonsense planning policy.”
Philip Warner, property director for Aldi backed the resident’s sentiments, stating: “We were overwhelmed by the public support. We are pleased that the town council is supporting Aldi’s proposal and we look forward to continuing to work with the town council and Milton Keynes Council to achieve the investment that so many people wish to see.”