Future uses for a large part of Towcester will be looked at by South Northants Council.
The council will produce a planning brief for the land to the west of Watling Street which takes into account the existing buildings and characteristics of the area, the council’s planning policy and economic development.
The area includes the Lanes area of the town, the recreation ground, the flood plain to the north of the former Magistrates Court and the Sponne School Technology College site; land and property to the east west of Islington Road including Towcester Infant School and Towcester C of E Primary School; land and property to the north of Vernon Road from its junction with Islington Road east to Watling Street; and the tennis courts and open space to the west of Sponne School Technology College. Councillor John Townsend, planning policy and regeneration strategy committee chairman, said: “Towcester is a town undergoing a lot of change with the regeneration of the Moat Lane area now underway and the planned expansion of the town to the south due to commence shortly.
“The planning brief will provide an opportunity for us to consider future development ideas and other planning issues within the town centre which will include the A5, the magistrates’ court and police station and Islington Road recreation and community facilities.”
Once the brief has been drawn up SNC says it will consult with the public, Towcester Town Council and other interested parties.