National Grid has revealed it would like part of the old Northampton gasworks site to be developed as shops once it is cleared.
A regeneration scheme at the site, off St Peter’s Way, will see the demolition of a number of buildings, along with the two landmark gas towers.
This work has already started on the towers and, once completed, environmental work will take place on the site to determine if any clearing up is needed before the site is made available for development.
This work is due to be completed by July 2014 and National Grid said it had already submitted a planning application seeking permission for part of the site to be used for retail.
The area earmarked for retail is in Towcester Road, next to the B&Q store.
Scott Lewis, joint venture manager for National Grid, said: “This application on the southern gasholder is another step towards a brighter future for this area.
“This retail application for the south of the site will help unlock more jobs and benefits for the community. Once we have more details about the format of the application, we will share this with the community.”
The demolition of the gas holders is now under way. The frames are being secured with a crane and dismantled with a heat torch. They will then be broken up and recycled.