This consultation closed on 14th September 2020. The consultation website remains live for plans to be viewed but we are not accepting further comments.
Proposals for a mixed-use employment development at Woolgrowers Field, Towcester
Welcome to our public consultation page for the exciting proposals for a new mixed-use employment development at Woolgrowers Field, Towcester.
An outline planning application for the proposals is due to be submitted to South Northamptonshire Council shortly, and we are providing you with the opportunity to view and comment on the proposals in advance of the submission. The project team value the input of the local community and welcome your comments on the proposed development. Details of how to comment are provided below.
Woolgrowers Field is located to the north west of the roundabout junction of the A5, A43 and Towcester Road. An aerial image of the site can be downloaded below.
The 4.5-hectare site has been allocated for employment use within the recently adopted South Northamptonshire Local Plan Part 2 (2011-2029). The South Northamptonshire Local Plan Part 2 indicates that the future development of the site should deliver a mixture of employment uses to reflect the need for diversity and resilience within the local economy.
In order to deliver a range of flexible employment opportunities on the site, the proposed outline planning application will seek permission for a flexible industrial and commercial development including, up to 12,700 sqm of industrial and or storage use, a potential car showroom, builder’s merchants and an emergency services hub.
As part of the outline application, details of the proposed access off Towcester Road will be provided with the full detailed design of the development subject to a future reserved matters submissions, should outline permission be granted.
Whilst the finer detail of the development will not be considered at this stage, the development team have prepared an indicative masterplan in order to provide an indication of what the final development could look like. This is available to view and download below.
The indicative masterplan shows an emergency service hub located along the southern boundary of the site in close proximity to the site access, to allow swift entrance and exit for the associated vehicles. To the north of this a car showroom, with associated parking, is shown. Within the eastern part of the site a divisible commercial unit is proposed for industrial and/or storage use. To the west of the site, the indicative masterplan shows a further flexible commercial unit for industrial and/or storage use as well as a builder’s merchants and associated yard.
As noted above, the planning application is to be submitted in outline and therefore the final mix, layout appearance and scale of the units will be considered at a later stage. The indicative proposals have been informed by a market assessment to ensure the proposed uses reflect the commercial needs Towcester and the surrounding area.
A new junction layout is to be created on Towcester Road to accommodate the proposed vehicular and pedestrian access into the site. The access will lead into an internal access road providing access to the units on the site. Each unit on site will have its own dedicated vehicle and cycle parking in accordance with Council policy. A thorough and robust transport assessment has been prepared the scope of which has been agreed with the Council and Highways England.
The existing trees along the western and northern boundary of the site are to be retained and supplemented with a 10m landscaping strip. This buffer area will visually screen the development from the north and west and will improve the biodiversity of the site and the surrounding area. It is intended that the existing trees and hedgerow along the site’s eastern and southern boundaries will also be retained and supplemented as part of the proposals.
The proposed development has been informed by a range of further reports including archaeological and heritage assessments, a landscape and visual impact assessment, noise and air quality reports and a number of ecological reports.
Although subject to the final mix of uses, it is anticipated that the proposed development will deliver between 150 and 300 jobs within the local economy. We consider that the proposals represent an exciting opportunity to implement the intended employment use of the site and deliver local employment opportunities as well as economic, social and environmental benefits.
Thank you to those who responded to the consultation. The consultation is now closed.