Housing investment in Brackley and Towcester could total more than £150 million

Artists impression of the junction between Watling Steet and Northampton Road after the regeneration of Moat Lane
Artists impression of the junction between Watling Steet and Northampton Road after the regeneration of Moat Lane
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Investment in housing and retail developments totalling more than £150 million will see Brackley and Towcester transformed in the coming years.

South Northants Council’s (SNC) rubber stamping of the Network 401 project on the outskirts of Brackley was the latest proposal to promise jobs and new housing for the area.

Site for the Network 401 development near Brackley

Site for the Network 401 development near Brackley

In total the four major projects, Network 401, Radstone Fields housing development in Brackley and Towcester’s Persimmon Homes and Bloor Homes housing development and town centre Moat Lane Regeneration Project will create more than 4,200 long-term jobs and in the region of 4,000 new homes for those workers.

Councillor Rebecca Breese, SNC portfolio holder for planning and environment, said: “As part of central Government’s plans to build more housing we have looked hard at where the best places are, in conjunction with local residents, to ensure these developments are in keeping with the rural nature of our district. They show developers want to invest in this area, improving infrastructure and creating jobs, while delivering the extra housing the country and local residents need.”

Each of these developments also represents millions of pounds of community investment including new schools, leisure facilities and infrastructure.

Brackley’s Network 401 project includes a Sainsbury’s store, 60-bed nursing home, a new primary health care facility and a hotel, bar and restaurant. The development will also include office space.

The Radstone Fields development for 1,000 homes includes proposals for a primary school, community building and park – the details of which are still being agreed with SNC.

Towcester’s Persimmon Homes and Bloor Homes development will see the town gain 2,750 homes, doubling in size. Community investment for this site includes proposals for two primary schools, leisure facilities, a doctor’s surgery, hotel, pub and employment areas, although they have yet to be finalised.

The Moat Lane Regeneration Project will showcase the historic heart of Towcester alongside modern new facilities. Centred around the restored Bury Mount, the development will include a new community building, community space, offices, homes and shops and is slated to include 257 jobs.