Towcester’s future continues to brighten

The new South Northants Council HQ at The Forum in Towcester
The new South Northants Council HQ at The Forum in Towcester

Towcester is set to flourish further after the green light for a 210-home development, a streamside park and a £5,000 makeover for a youth coffee hall.

The town is already on the verge of doubling in size after plans to build 2,750 new homes were given outline planning permission and the brand new South Northants Council HQ and library is now up and running.

Site set for 210 homes and a public park at Wood Burcote Court Estate

Site set for 210 homes and a public park at Wood Burcote Court Estate

More than £24 million will be pumped into areas including education, public transport, highways, sports pitches and children’s play areas and a new relief road will connect the A5 south and A43.

But this week, the 210-home project for the Wood Burcote Court Estate was given the go-ahead which means developers Jackson Stopps Trustees will also provide a boost to the community.

Almost £2 million will go towards primary, secondary and sixth form facilities in the area, £400,000 will improve Burcote Road and the town centre, while £210,000 will enhance pubic transport.

A 13-hectare public park, providing woodland and streamside walks, has also been given the green light.

If the detailed plans are approved following consultation, work on the development is set to begin towards the end of this year.

Meanwhile, a youth project which has served the town for more than 20 years is on the verge of a re-launch thanks to a £5,000 grant.

The Towcester Youth Coffee House provides a service to youngsters aged 11 to 18 but is in need of renovation.

Martin Henry, director for resources said: “The coffee house has served Towcester for many years and it is testament to volunteers that this valuable asset has not been left to fade away.

“With the re-emergence of plans to expand the town, it is more important than ever that initiatives like this should be allowed to flourish.”