Will Moat Lane be good for business?

Artist's impression of the Moat Lane regeneration project
Artist's impression of the Moat Lane regeneration project
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DISTRICT residents are divided over whether the regeneration of Moat Lane will be good for businesses in the town.

During a consultation exercise and exhbition of the plans South Northants Council, and developer Morgan Sindall asked district residents if they thought the project would help businesses.

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

105 people said it would be positive for business, 103 said it wouldn’t, while 95 said they were unsure. Although they did not answer all the questions 375 wrote or emailed to SNC in responce to the consultation.

In planning documents now available to view online (http://snc.planning-register.co.uk/) one respondant is qouted as saying: “Towcester is unable to sustain local retail business in the units it already has. What is going to change to allow the new units to be viable?”

A second planning applications also confirms upto 87 homes will be built on SNC’s current home at Springfields, and third shows the Mill House will be converted in the five flats, rather then an hotel.

The deadline for comments is January 8, 2013, but later submissions will be accepted.

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Moat Lane Consultation Exhibition,Towcester.'120905M-E667

Brian Taylor runs a business based on Watling Street near to the Northampton Road junction.

He said: “I don’t think there’s going to be enough parking still and I think it will affect residents and businesses. They say there’s something like 120 council employees and they are encouraging them to carshare, but every one knows that doesn’t work.

“There’s already too much traffic and you can tell when there’s been an accident on the M1, it’s already bedlam some mornings and it’s not going to get any better.”

Jim Lynch, chairman of Towcester Town Council’s planning committee, said TTC had not yet discussed the planning application but he already had concerns over the Mill House, affordable housing, and Springfields. Read his full statement at www.buckinghamtoday.co.uk.

An SNC spokesman said: “This is looking into the future of Towcester as a whole and planning ahead for the big increase in population. People working for the council will also become part of the footfall for that area.”