The environment we work in
The oldest town in Northamptonshire, Towcester is a small Roman market town situated in the district of South Northamptonshire. At the 2011 census it had a population of 10,038. This is an increase of 11% from 2001 making it one of the fastest growing areas in the County. As part of a Government designated growth area there is currently outline planning permission in place for a an additional 3,000 homes in Towcester within the next 7 years, increasing the population of the town by approximately double.
Although perceived as being an affluent, middle class community there are large pockets of social and economic deprivation within the town. According to the 2011 census there are 490 homes in Towcester who are dependent on Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance and/or Incapacity benefits. Additionally, South Northamptonshire Council have confirmed that there are 514 families in receipt of Housing Benefit/Council Tax Benefit. 2% of pupils at Nicholas Hawksmoor Primary School and 6% at Sponne Secondary School are receiving free school meals as are 20% of pupils at Towcester C of E Junior School. Based on our local knowledge we believe this tends to under-represent the actual numbers significantly.
The 2011 census states that 26.3% of the population of Towcester lives in rented accommodation and South Northants Homes have confirmed that there are 349 families living in social housing. There are 60 children aged between 10-18 and 90 children between the ages of 1-9 that live in social housing although in total 31.8% of the homes in Towcester have children within them. We shouldn’t forget that home owners, particularly those with mortgages, can also struggle in the current climate. This Daily Telegraph article is one of many that highlights the issue, and is backed up by evidence from the Towcester Foodbank that shows a large increase in people using the facility in the last year.
The TYCH building is located in the immediate vicinity of Towcester C of E Junior School and social housing areas.