In its current application DHL is providing the land only. NO clubhouse, NO car park, NO access roas, NO ready to play pitches. When will it be finished and who will pay for all this - it will cost £millions?
Players/spectators will need to cross the congested A43 to reach the pitches. Would you let your child take this route in the evening rush hour?
TTFC is private club catering for one sport only. It already has access to pitches with more under construction by the racecourse. Is the benefit to TTFC worth the nightmare of DHL for the entire community?
DHL will be leasing the land. What happens if TTFC cannot fund the build? Will the land be returned to DHL to build yet more warehouses?
DHL site to provide a new home for Towcester Town Football Club - 'a significant community benefit...' DHL's planning masterplan clearly shows carpark, clubhouse, three pitches.
Towcester is in the local authority with the lowest number of Universal Credit claimants, with 160 on Job seeker's allowance. Towcester rates 2/10 for employment deprivation therefore the jobs are needed elsewhere.
Low value warehousing provided mainly low skill, low pay, low security shift work which does not match the skill set of the local Towcester population.
So who will fill these vacancies? Warehouses at Jct 15A, Daventry, & Grange Park are currently bussing in agency workers from Derbyshire, London & Leicester. These workers are not likely to contribute to the local economy but they will certainly add to the congestion and traffic chaos.
The 4 developments are collectively claiming 2,800 'much needed local jobs,' as a positive for Towcester.
DHL, IM Properties & Podium Park all claim visual impact will be mimised with colour banding & landscaping
DHL - Warehouses up to 24.5 metres
IM Properties up to 21.5 metres
Podium Park up to to 15 metres.
Raised groundworks will add further height.
To compare, Screwfix warehouse beside the A43 is 9.5m high.
NO AMOUNT OF SCREENING OR LANDSCAPING WILL EVER HIDE THE UGLINESS OF THESE GIANT WAREHOUSES - on the edge of an historic, Roman Town.
IM Properties to build a new roundabout at the A43/Hulcote junction, 'to manage the impact of its development on the local roads' and to improve 'the safety of the A43.'
This development will generate nearly 3000 extra traffic movements a day, 2180 will be slow moving HGVs using a fast moving dual carriageway. IM Properties has failed to provide a pedestrian bridge which would really ensure local safety and a sustainable route to and from the site.