The University of Northampton has been given planning permission for a new multi-million pound campus as well as approval to build 800 new homes on the current site.
Members of Northampton Borough Council’s planning committee on Tuesday night gave the go-ahead for the university to move from its existing sites in St George’s Avenue and Boughton Green Road in Northampton to a new 55-acre site off Bedford Road in the Waterside Enterprise Zone, as part of a £330 million building project.
Construction will include a right turn lane on Bedford Road into Riverside Way, a vehicle bridge and footbridge in Becket’s Park with surrounding soft and hard landscaping, a university lawn to act as an entrance to the campus, and sports facilities, including a four court sports hall.
New student accommodation facilities will contain 1,500 beds, 1,860 parking spaces, and a visitors’ hotel with 150 bedrooms, amongst other new buildings.
The plans include permission to level all buildings already on the site around Bedford Road and Nunn Mills Road.
The university also submitted plans to build 800 new homes on the Boughton Green Road site.
Building work is forecast to finish in time for the arrival of new students in September 2018.