Moat Lane, Towcester - South Northamptonshire Council
Urban Delivery acted for South Northamptonshire Council, West Northamptonshire Development Corporation and Northamptonshire County Council to identify the scope and potential for this complex regeneration project and to manage its delivery through planning policy amendments, land acquisition (including CPO), development viability, the economic case for substantial public funding (over £17m) and developer procurement.
The town is due to grow from around 8,000 people to over 14,000 and there was an identified need to provide an expanded town centre to meet future demand.
The land area identified is located in the centre of the town, behind properties that front the historic Watling Street. The land area is highly protected within a conservation area, with listed buildings (Grade 1 and 2*), a Scheduled Ancient Monument, listed gardens and historic burgage plots.
Urban Delivery led a multi-disciplinary team of advisers and worked closely with officers, a core group of members from the client group and managed the project from its inception through to the appointment of Morgan Sindall as developer partner.
Urban Delivery managed the process to amend planning policy to enable a mixed-use project to be delivered on the land, managed the first phase delivery of the project to refurbish and protect the Scheduled Ancient Monument, prepared multiple successful applications for Growth Area Funding, modelled the financial needs of the project, undertook detailed work to make the case for the relocation of South Northamptonshire Council offices and relocation of the library by Northamptonshire County to act as anchors to the project, prepared and gave evidence based on the economic, social and regeneration benefits for the project at a CPO Inquiry and assisted in the procurement of the developer partner.
The new Council offices and library were opened at Easter 2015 and the next phases are now underway. The project is planned for completion by mid-2016.