Work begins on controversial new car park in Northamptonshire

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Work has now begun on a new long stay car park in Towcester despite objections from campaigners.

Following the successful delivery of the first phase of the Moat Lane Regeneration, the new car park along Northampton Road will be opened in the New Year.

Work started this week to enclose the area ahead of construction work.

Protestors objected against the plans saying tat the site is prone to flooding and the town would be stripped of a valuable green space.

Councillor Stephen Clarke, South Northamptonshire Council’s portfolio holder for economic development, regeneration and housing said: “We recognise there was some opposition to the construction of this new car park.

“That is why we commissioned an independent parking survey to be certain it was the right thing to do.

“That survey showed clearly a long stay car park on Northampton Road was the best way to serve the town and the many people who visit from across the district and further afield.

“Additional town centre parking was always part of the development of Towcester and this car park is just one more step towards bolstering Towcester’s high street ahead of major growth in the town.”

When it opens in the New Year, phase one of Northampton Road Long Stay Car Park will include 60 spaces with no restrictions.

A further 110 spaces are planned for phase two of the car park.

The new car park is one of the key recommendations of the South Northamptonshire Parking Study Phase One Report carried out by WYG, and it will provide 170 spaces once completed.

The full WYG report can be viewed here