Detailed plans for future of Greyfriars bus station in Northampton could be submitted ‘by this time next year’, says leader

GV of the former Greyfriars Bus Station site taken from the Grosvenor Centre car park. NNL-150630-093413009

GV of the former Greyfriars Bus Station site taken from the Grosvenor Centre car park. NNL-150630-093413009

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Developers are already showing interest in the former Greyfriars bus station site, the new borough council leader has revealed.

Since the long-standing ‘mouth of hell’ was demolished in March speculation has been rife as to what will fill the four-acre void currently covered by rubble in the town centre.

GV of the former Greyfriars Bus Station site taken from the Grosvenor Centre car park. NNL-150630-093251009

GV of the former Greyfriars Bus Station site taken from the Grosvenor Centre car park. NNL-150630-093251009

Plans for a ‘transport hub’ have already been revealed but the remainder of the land will be subject to a successful bid being put forward by a private developer.

The new leader of Northampton Borough Council, Councillor Mary Markham, will play a key role in attracting, and ultimately choosing, a bidder.

But she said there could be plans on the table by this time next year.

“We have been talking to a couple of developers, she said. “People have been waiting in the wings.

GV of the former Greyfriars Bus Station site taken from the Grosvenor Centre car park. NNL-150630-093237009

GV of the former Greyfriars Bus Station site taken from the Grosvenor Centre car park. NNL-150630-093237009

“Again what has happened is we have given confidence to developers.

“It won’t be a case of not having people interested, it’s going to be more a case of being selective and seeing who we chose.”

Councilor Markham said the developer will need to take into account the results of the Greyfriars consultation held last year.

She added: “It’s an important gateway into town, we want to enhance the area, we want to make it vibrant.”