Planning permission has been given to a controversial car park in Towcester.
Approval was granted for the new public car park off Northampton Road after the Environment Agency withdrew its objection after receiving additional information which included a revised flood risk assessment, a flood action plan, and other measures to mitigate the effects of any flooding.
South Northamptonshire Council’s development control committee had resolved to grant planning permission subject to the applicant, South Northamptonshire Council, providing extra information regarding concerns raised by the Environment Agency.
The planned car park has drawn opposition from residents and businesses over potential road safety, flooding, and the environmental impact on residents, the general public and wildlife.
They say the council itself created the car parking problem when it built its new offices off Northampton Road.
A petition against the car park plans collected 575 signatures from local residents and businesses.
The final planning decision notice has now been issued and work could start on site soon with pre-construction archaeological work.
SNC cabinet member Councillor Dermot Bambridge, said: “With Towcester expanding and considerably more housing being built in the district, it is clear more parking is essential.
“The recent independent survey underlined the importance of parking in the town centre, and having investigated any possible alternatives the Northampton Road site was found to be the only practical choice.”