New Supermarket and Car Park proposed on Towcester Watermeadows
|Author: Avril Furst||Published: 1st April 2019 04:53|
Proposed Development: Large Food Retail Store, Offices Retail and Residential Public Car Park.
AboutMyArea/NN12 has been forwarded a pre-application plan that could change Towcester for years to come.
The proposed development includes not only a large food retail store, a supermarket bigger than Waitrose or Tesco but also a 450 space public car park on Towcester Watermeadows - on the other side of the Mill Stream from Bury Mount, the Forum and Towcester Mill Brewery.
Extracts below from the application expacted to be published mid morning on the planning portal today (1.4.2019). Some might say that with the Brexit fiasco dominating the news and school Easter holidays starting later this week that timing of this application might seen as a bit suspect.
The site is a the famouse Towcester water meadow between the River Tove and Mill Stream south of Northampton Road. A substantial tree belt screens the site to the west which is subject to a Tree Preservation Order. The site also comprises the some land to the south of Mill Stream including, Bury Mount with a Gross Area: 4ha
Site Development Principles from the application
The proximity of the site to the town centre makes it an appropriate extension to the shopping centre linking to the old part of the town.
The proposal also provides the opportunity to comprehensively further develop the area south of Mill Stream adjacent to Bury Mount with associated environmental improvements. The development is subject to a legal agreement between the landowner and the local planning authority.
A major food retail store is proposed on the site immediately to the north of Mill Stream of approximately 4,000 sq m together with car parking for 450 cars.
The proposal should be, as close as possible to the town centre to maximise the “spin off" from the development in terms of pedestrian flows between Towcester town centre and the scheme.
As part of the redevelopment of the site, the area to the west of Bury Mount next to The Forum will be developed with a new pedestrianised market square to allow Towcester Farmers Market to be held there more regularly.
Vehicular access to the site is proposed from Northampton Road which will serve the supermarket and car park there will be no direct access by car from Chantry Lane/Moat Lane.
A total of approximately 450 spaces is proposed on the site, of these approximately 350 are proposed for the supermarket, a further 100 will comprise an element of public car parking arising from existing demand, some electric vehicle charging points will also be considered.
The whole car park will be managed by the supermarket operator for short stay parking - this may or may not be free.
As part of the development, footpath links will need to be improved to allow access to the new development. A new foot bridge will be provided across Mill Stream to link the new Market Square to the supermarket and the riverside footpath with the public car park. Whittons Lane and Bury Mount Walk (linking Watling Street and Moat Lane) will be surfaced in sympathetic paving materials to cope with higher pedestrian access.
Footpaths are proposed on both sides of Mill Stream together with a riverside footpath along the River Tove.
A management plan for the trees to the north of Mill Stream should be prepared for the maintenance of the trees together with a future planting programme. This should be implemented by the occupier of the supermarket.
As the site lies in the flood plain compensatory works will be required together with a 9m wide access to the River Tove and Mill Stream.
The legal agreement relating to the development of the site will provide for
- The laying out of the public car park
- Provision of a new Market Square
- Riverside footpaths
- A landscape management plan for the TPO tees to the north of Mill Stream.