THE future looks bright in Wolverton as locals are set to shape the way the town is developed.
Over the next year, residents and businesses will be given the opportunity to develop a neighbourhood plan for the town centre.
Thanks to changes in the Localism Act, people are to be given a much greater ability to decide the future of the places where they live and work, and Milton Keynes Council has chosen the Wolverton Steering Group as one of the first in the country to be given the freedom to shape its town.
The group has been planning the future of the town centre for many years, and believes its ideas can become reality at last.
Marie Osborne, from the Steering Group, said the biggest winner from the new legislation will be Wolverton.
“It’s win-win for everyone – there will be no losers,” she said. “It’s so exciting that everyone in the town will be able to have a say in shaping a plan for the future of the area.
“We set out a plan back in 2002 to develop a 10-year plan of what we’d like to see in Wolverton in the future.
“Last year, we had a refresher and we made some updates, but this new legislation gives us an entirely new outlook.
“While planning and development are worlds apart, this will give us the opportunity to include what we want from the town centre and actually have it there in the official plans, rather than just as an idea.”
The first public meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 31 from 7pm at St Georges Church in Wolverton.