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Posted: Wed, 16 Oct 2019 13:47 by Parish Administrator
A new masterplan setting a vision for the transformation of the town centre has been published. It's creation and development has been overseen by Northampton Forward and is set to go to Northampton Borough Council's Cabinet for consideration tomorrow (Wednesday 16 October).
The document is an evolution on the high-level proposals consulted on earlier this year for five areas across the town – Market Square, Greyfriars, Abington Street, Fish Street and St Giles' Street, and Mare Fair and Gold Street. More »
Since then, results of a consultation have been given careful consideration and many of the views received have been incorporated into the resulting masterplan.
If agreed by Cabinet, the plan will form a major strand of the Councils Corporate Plan, be used as a consideration for future planning applications and will inform emerging planning policy.
The new masterplan builds on the earlier work, giving a more detailed analysis of the five opportunity areas.
Cllr Jonathan Nunn, Council Leader and Chair of Northampton Forward, said: "I will be commending this masterplan to my Cabinet colleagues as I believe it will help us shape a bright future for Northampton town centre.
"The proposals are ambitious but achievable as we are working with a wide range of partners across the private and public sector to drive that activity forward.
"Feedback from the consultation has also featured heavily in the final version of this plan and we've published both, so everyone has the chance to scrutinise the details."
Key interventions include:
- Extensive public realm and landscaping improvements
- Improve north/south pedestrian access
- Removal of bus bays improvements to streetscape along Drapery
- Improved market stalls
- A possible food pavilion of some kind
- Regeneration and development of key buildings
- Closure of Greyfriars road to improve pedestrian links
- Creative of a linear park through the site
- Major new mixed-use, residential-led development
- Creation of a bus and coach interchange to improve transport capacity and clear Drapery
- Commercial or civic office development along Victoria Street
- Increased residential use
- Improved north-south pedestrian links
- Improved public realm along Fish Street
- Former County Council offices in Guildhall Road refurbished to increase cultural uses
- Abington Place car park redeveloped for office or residential
Mare Fair and Gold Street
- Residential development in the Gregory Street area
- Revitalisation of business along Mare Fair
- Enhanced shopfronts reflecting the area's heritage
- Delivery of residential and higher-profile promotion of heritage around the former Castle House site, opposite St Giles Church
The masterplan will also be used as one of the key supporting documents in Northampton's bid for Government support from the Future High Streets Fund.
It was compiled by award-winning urban design specialists 5plus Architects.
Full details can be found at http://www.northamptonboroughcouncil.com/councillors/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=528&MId=8943 in item 12, along with a copy of the stakeholder consultation summary. » Less
Posted: Tue, 15 Oct 2019 16:47 by Parish Administrator
Northampton Borough Council is consulting with the public over proposals for a Town Council to cover some parts or all of the existing borough.
Three options were put forward in spring this year and these have been shortlisted to two as a result of feedback received from an earlier phase of engagement.
The two options are laid out in a supporting document which anyone wishing to respond should read first. There is also a link to the questionnaire. More »
Anyone can respond to the consultation and market research firm Opinion Research Services is also conducting a residents' telephone survey.
Paper copies of the consultation document and questionnaire are also available in Northampton Borough Council's One-stop Shop, Northampton Central Library and at One Angel Square.
Posted: Mon, 14 Oct 2019 11:38 by Parish Administrator
A special week of action focusing on burglary is being held across Northampton at the end of this month, to coincide with the clocks going back on Sunday, October 27.
The Northampton Neighbourhood Policing Team will be joining colleagues from the town's community safety partnership to help raise awareness of how residents can protect themselves from burglary.
Between October 21 and 25, the community officers will be setting up their mobile police station to provide a central information point for local residents to speak to members of the partnership as well as pick up crime prevention advice. More »
In addition, leaflet drops will take place in each area to provide residents with tips and hints on how to protect themselves and their property, and environmental works such as cutting foliage to reduce opportunities to conceal burglaries.
Sergeant Rebecca Izzard, of the Northampton Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: "One of the most effective ways of reducing burglaries within our communities is providing residents with the right tools and information to help them protect their homes. This week of action will enable us to do just that.
"By setting up a mobile police station in the heart of the community, we are giving residents the opportunity to come along and speak to us, or one of our community safety partners, about any concerns they may have about where they live.
"We know that not all residents will be able to visit us on the day, so in addition to the pop-up station, we will also be carrying out a letter drop to ensure everyone receives information on how to protect their homes."
The week of action starts in the St Crispins ward on Monday, October 21, before moving to St James (October 22), Castle (October 23), Delapre (October 24) and finishing in Far Cotton on Friday, October 25.
Councillor Anna King, Cabinet member for community engagement and safety, said: "Darker evenings can make people feel less safe as well as provide opportunists with the ideal camouflage to burgle property. That is why we are working with Northamptonshire Police this October to provide vital hints and tips to help protect residents against crime.
"Just small actions, such as locking your door and windows, even if you are in the house, keeping valuables out of plain sight and security marking your property, all help to keep people and property safe."
The initiative is part of Operation Crooked, Northamptonshire Police's campaign to reduce burglary - a top priority for the Force. As part of the operation, the Burglary Team, which sits within CID, ensures every burglary victim in Northamptonshire is guaranteed a visit from the police.
They are also working to review and drive up the quality of investigations, manage and progress forensic hits, hunt down wanted people, organise police patrols in areas of concern and gather intelligence to prevent burglaries before they happen.
Detective Sergeant Terry Rush, from Northamptonshire Police's Burglary Team, added: "Darkness really is a burglar's best friend and every year, we see a spike in the number of burglaries committed during the winter months.
"Most burglars look for a soft target such as homes without lights on which look unoccupied. By leaving a light on while you're out, especially using a timer, you really will reduce your chances of being burgled.
"Operation Crooked aims to make Northamptonshire a hostile environment for burglars and we hope that the public follow our advice and help us to make sure that there are no easy pickings for burglars in this county."
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