Moat Lane Regeneration

Artists impression of the Moat Lane regeneration scheme

The Moat Lane Regeneration Project is well underway; phases 1 and 5 have been completed and phases 2-4 are underway. This is an exciting regeneration project that will showcase the historic heart of Towcester alongside new modern facilities.

Centred around the restored Bury Mount, the high quality development will include

The old Council Office building at Springfields has been demolished and replaced with housing.

The Vision

Our vision is 'to provide the historic market town of Towcester with a level of new economic, social and community infrastructure that meets the needs of the existing and future population through the comprehensive delivery of the highest quality of regeneration that reflects the settlement's significant cultural and built heritage.'

Image of the Moat Lane development

 

The Master Plan

Towcester is changing. The town's population has grown steadily in recent years and now new homes and employment opportunities are planned for the southern edge of the town. The Moat Lane project is part of the strategy to prepare for growth, offering improved facilities for both new and existing residents. It will become a mixed use extension to the town centre and includes retail, office, residential, leisure, car-parking and public open space.

The masterplan works on the principle of 'retain and refurbish'. What that means in practice is that we take our lead from the heritage and quality of the town centre. The masterplan ensures that where possible, existing buildings and landscapes are retained or refurbished to create a sustainable development that reflects the special character of the town.

The Moat Lane area has many important buildings and landscape features. It is within the Towcester conservation area and includes several listed buildings, a scheduled ancient monument and registered parkland. The masterplan has been carefully designed to ensure that all of these elements are treated as sensitively as possible and the project team has worked closely with local groups and appropriate agencies to enable this to happen.

Phase 1 - The Forum

Archaeological Film

During the preparation of the site to build The Forum an exciting discovery of a Roman cellar wall was found, we have produced a short informative film to act as a record and explain the story behind this impressive archaeological find..

The Forum Community Building

The Forum, Moat Lane, Towcester

The new community building, The Forum, at the heart of Moat Lane is complete and now home to South Northamptonshire Council, Northamptonshire County Council's Library Plus, and Registration Services. The building looks out onto Bury Mount and the Watermeadows and is a fantastic setting for weddings and civil partnerships. Visitors can drop into the new library with its improved resources, technology, activities and services and stop for a drink or fresh, homemade food in The Forum cafe. The new address is:

The Forum
Moat Lane,
Towcester,
NN12 6AD

Tel: 01327 322322

You can also like the Moat Lane Regeneration at Moat Lane Regeneration Facebook page.

The Forum Cafe

The Forum Cafe serves homemade food using fresh local produce.

The cafe offers full breakfasts, light lunches and a range of hot drinks and is open from Monday to Friday 8:30am to 3:00pm. Fresh fruit and vegetables are supplied by Northampton based company Browns, which was based in Towcester for more than 30 years.

There is a loyalty card scheme - buy seven meals or hot drinks get the eighth one free. There is also a meal deal option on the menu.

Northampton Road

As part of the plan the council purchased the existing Masons Car Park on Northampton Road, it also added additional on road parking and there are plans to add an additional car park on Northampton Road just below The Shire estate. Parking restrictions will be implemented on the on road parking and also the Masons Car park and the new car park will be unrestricted.

Watermeadows

Towcester Watermeadows

South Northamptonshire Council acquired the Grade II* Registered parkland which was formally part of the original Easton Neston Estate and covers over 60 acres near Towcester town centre. The Watermeadows opened in 2010 and the second phase in 2012 and is now available as public open space.

Whittons Lane

The Whittons Lane area is an important link to the heart of Moat Lane, leading directly to the new public square outside the Civic Building. Whittons Lane will be characterised by small shops, cafes and offices that will help to enliven the area and provide interest throughout the year.

Bakers Lane

The Bakers Lane area will have small shops, services and residential development. Bakers Lane will provide one of the key routes into the Moat Lane area and will form a direct link from Watling Street to Bury Mount. The shops will spill out onto the pavement and public areas surrounding Bury Mount, creating an attractive and lively space.

Bury Mount

Bury Mount

The Bury Mount regeneration was designed by Camlin Lonsdale, a leading landscape architectural practice and was opened for public use in April 2010. It included stabilising the scheduled ancient monument,creating a new access to the top of the mount via a ramp and stairway and providing seating. There is a historic timeline carved into the circular path that runs up the mount, depicting key dates in Towcester's history.

History of Mount

Bury Mount is a Scheduled Ancient Monument (SAM) and has been at the heart of Towcester since medieval times. It is thought that the original motte and bailey castle (which no longer remains) were constructed by the Crown in the late 11th century as a strategic fortification. The castle would have been a symbol of power and would have had a number of uses. These are likely to have included acting as the residence of the lord of the manor's bailiff, an encampment for troops during periods of hostility as well as providing hospitality to the lord and his entourage whilst travelling. As its defensive role diminished, Bury Mount became an important area of open green space at the centre of the town. However, over time the site fell into a state of disrepair.

Phase 5 - The Mill

Towcester Mill Brewery tap

After over 100 years a brewery is back in Towcester following the departure of brewing from the town at the beginning of the 20th century. On 22 May, South Northamptonshire Council's (SNC) new tenant at The Mill, the Towcester Brewing Company, opened its tap room doors to the public for the first time with an initial choice of three freshly crafted beers, brewed on the premises - Bell Ringer, Black Fire and Mill Race. The Mill Brewery is run by the three directors, John Evans, Ray Hunt and David Williams.

The Towcester Mill Brewery's tap room opening hours are:

Shop opening times will be every day 11:00am - 5:00pm except Sunday which will be 12 noon - 5:00pm

For more information about the Towcester Brewery please visit:

or email info@towcestermillbrewery.co.uk or phone 01327 437060.

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