The future of Wolverton’s Agora shopping centre looks uncertain this week after its owners put the building up for sale.
Leyland Holding Company has commissioned Kirkby & Diamond, chartered surveyors and property consultants, to market the site as a “development opportunity” in the hope of attracting local or national developers to buy the centre.
The long-term aim, according to Wolverton and Greenleys Town Council, is to attract new retailers and “reconnect Radcliffe Street” to create a “new heart for Wolverton Town Centre”.
Martin Wakley from Wolverton Town Team, representing local businesses in the area, said: “Wolverton is very much open for business despite the Agora being put up for sale, and we look forward to welcoming shoppers in the run up to Christmas and promoting local trade.”
Whilst the timescale for redevelopment of the site is unclear, the news follows the formal adoption of the ‘Agora Development Brief’ by Milton Keynes Council in September, and the continuing work by the local community on the Wolverton Town Centre Neighbourhood Plan.
Marie Osborne, from Future Wolverton, said: “We are entering a period of rapid change in Wolverton which is bound to have an impact on the community and businesses across the Town Centre.
“However, local organisations are determined to work together to ensure that local businesses survive this period of change and that the community are kept fully informed of what is happening.”