Borough council reveals next step for former Greyfriars Bus Station site in Northampton now site is completely cleared

The site of the former Greyfriars Bus Station in Northampton

The site of the former Greyfriars Bus Station in Northampton

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A decision on the future of the former Greyfriars Bus Station site “will not be rushed”, according to the leader of Northampton Borough Council.

The building, which was demolished in less than nine seconds on Mother’s Day, has been completely cleared now and the site has been prepared for development by contractors DSM.

The site has been handed back to Northampton Borough Council.

A statement from the borough issued this afternoon said it would now be “going out to market” to find a developer for the site.

“A number of developers have already expressed an interest in the site, and now the council will be contacting major national property companies and advertising in specialist journals to capture further interest,” the statement said.

“Potential developers will need to show that they have considered the results of the public consultation into the future of the site that took place in August 2014 and proposals will also look to include some improved facilities for coaches.

“Initial responses will be considered later in the year and it is hoped that a developer will be secured early in 2016,”

Councillor Mary Markham, leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: “The Greyfriars site represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform this area of the town centre. We have already had considerable interest in the site but given its importance, we don’t intend to rush into anything.

“We are asking developers to come forward with proposals, which will then be considered in the wider context of what they bring to the town as a whole and how they enhance our existing facilities.

“The whole landscape of Northampton is changing very rapidly and we expect to see proposals with vision and ambition for a scheme that matches what we are already achieving elsewhere through the Northampton Alive programme.”