Document looks at future development of Towcester town centre

The old Towcester Library
The old Towcester Library

A planning document looking at potential development sites in Towcester town centre is out for public consultation.

South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) has prepared The Land West of Watling Street Towcester Planning Brief, which offers suggestions on the potential uses of sites, if they were to become available for development in the future.

These sites include the land formerly occupied by the Towcester Library, Magistrates Court, the Co-operative in the Sponne Centre, as well as sites currently in use including the Towcester Fire Station, Paynes Nursery, Towcester Coachworks, Sponne School and community facilities on Islington Road.

The draft planning brief also suggests traffic management ideas for Market Square and the Queens Road/ Promfret Road areas.

Potential uses of these various sites could include the provision of commercial offices, leisure and cultural facilities, car parking, new bus facilities, or housing accommodation that meets the needs of the growing district.

The consultation period will last for six weeks from Monday August 24 to Friday October 9, giving members of the public the chance to comment on the proposals.

Councillor Rebecca Breese, portfolio holder for planning and environment, said: “The Planning Brief is intended to encourage the appropriate development of a number of opportunity sites within the town using the guidance of current planning policy, along with the observations of the Towcester Masterplan to develop them as appropriate in the context of today’s political, social, environmental and economic climate.

“This will ensure that future uses of those sites are proportionate, well designed and respect and strengthen the town centre, while balancing a variety of issues and challenges.

“It is important that members of the public have the chance to comment on the brief and I would encourage them to take part in the consultation.”

Following public consultation, it is anticipated that the brief will be put forward for adoption by the council’s planning policy and regeneration strategy committee.

The Planning Brief may affect those who own property, live and work within the town, along with those who visit it.

Details of the full planning brief can be viewed at SNC’s website.