Plans for care home in Towcester withdrawn by applicants

A proposed care home in Towcester has been shelved for the time being after the developers withdrew the application.

Sunday, 9th February 2020, 12:24 pm
Updated Sunday, 9th February 2020, 12:26 pm
The care home was proposed for land next to Tesco in Towcester

A 75-bed care home together with an associated 45 unit assisted living apartment building had been earmarked for land adjacent to the Tesco supermarket on Old Tiffield Road by Montpelier Estates Limited.

Objections had been raised against the scheme by Towcester Town Council and economic growth and environmental officers at South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) – the latter of which was set to determine the application.

Planning officers had also recommended refusing the scheme, which was due to be debated by SNC’s planning committee on Thursday (February 6) at The Forum. But it was revealed at the meeting that Montpelier Estates had withdrawn the application, though the possibility of them bringing back a modified scheme remains.

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The application site is a vacant area of open scrubland located to the immediate south of the Sytner Porsche centre, and to the south west of Degra House, Hinckley House, Parker kitchens workshop and the car park serving Tesco.

Officers at SNC had recommended refusal as it would be ‘contrary to the details of the Towcester Masterplan’ as the area was for commercial or industrial use, and not residential.

Outlining its objections, Towcester Town Council said it was ‘concerned over additional traffic movements onto and off the A5 junction’, while it also had concerns over potential traffic’s impact on air quality.