Station plans are revealed to public

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DETAILED plans for a major development at Wellingborough train station have been revealed for the first time.

The planning application – a key part of the £200m Stanton Cross development – includes a new station building next to platform four of the existing station, a new public square, two multi-storey car parks and an access road.

There is also an extension of the existing pedestrian bridge, new public transport drop-off areas and a redevelopment of the car parking areas.

Also proposed as part of the overall Bovis Homes scheme is a series of shops around the new public square, although these are not included in the present planning application.

The new car parks will bring the number of parking spaces up to 1,000.

Wellingborough Council has already submitted a compulsory purchase order to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for the station land after it failed to come to an agreement with the land owner over its purchase.

The application said: “The site will be the hub of a new station development and will serve as a gateway to the wider future Wellingborough East development areas.

“The vision is to create a high quality development that is well connected with excellent permeability and enhanced visual links from all areas around the larger overall future development.”

Local people have suffered from parking and traffic problems around the station for many years.

Philip Douglas, of Midland Road, said he broadly welcomes the new plans but would like to ensure that measures are put in place to ensure traffic is kept flowing.

He said: “I haven’t seen the details yet but we are in favour of the brownfield site being redeveloped.

“A multi-storey car park is a new idea and I hope it provides adequate parking for the station.

“One of the things we were most concerned about is that they get the staggered junction at Elsden Road and Midland Road right as so many lorries get stuck there.

“They were considering a roundabout which would be a good idea.

“Also key is the road bridge across the railway line which will open up the whole eastern development area.”

“If they’re going to get the road layout right then we are broadly in favour of the development.”

You can view the planning application at the website www.wellingborough.gov.uk.