County residents asked for views on £43 million Project Angel

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Residents are being asked for their views on Northamptonshire County Council’s plans for a new £43 million head office in Northampton town centre.

The scheme, dubbed Project Angel, will see a new council headquarters built on a large area of derelict land in Angel Street.

Designs are set to be submitted to planners at Northampton Borough Council next month, and are up for public comment at an exhibition in the Grosvenor Centre this Friday, January 10, and Saturday, January 11.

The county council plans to move all its staff to the building from its existing stock of 12 properties, a move it says will save it up to £54 million in future building maintenance costs.

The authority says the move will also help boost trade by up to £12 million, by moving 2,000 employees into the town centre.

But the plans have already been labelled as “dull” by world-renowned Northampton-born architect Will Alsop.

County council leader, Councillor Jim Harker (Con, Ise), said: “This year will see this project truly starting to come to life and this exhibition is the first of many developments this year.

“We will be showing a set of designs for the new building at the Grosvenor Centre this week to give as many people as possible the chance to see them and then give their views.

“Next month we will submit our proposals to the planning authority and getting people’s views at this stage is a very important part of this process.”

The exhibition will be on display between 9am and 6pm on both days.

People will be able to fill in a brief survey giving their views on the designs, and these comments will be shared with the design team as part of the design development process.

Responses can also be submitted online.

The comments will be summarised and included with the final planning application.