Plans for the new headquarters of Northamptonshire County Council have been given the go-ahead.
The multi-million pound scheme in Angel Street was approved by members of Northampton Borough Council at a meeting on Tuesday night.
Work will continue identifying the constructors for the project with building at the Angel Street site estimated to start early next year.
Leader of the council, Councillor Jim Harker, said, after the meeting, that it was a ‘landmark’ decision and one which he says will transform the town centre and bring more than 2,000 new people into the town centre on a daily basis.
He said: “We are clearly delighted to have secured this permission which is a real landmark paving the way to one of the most significant regeneration developments in the town under the Northampton Alive programme.
“This building is essential for us as an organisation as it will allow us to make £54m worth of savings by moving out of a current stock of 12 expensive to run, ageing HQ buildings in Northampton into one purpose-built energy efficient, low carbon building.
“Moreover the new headquarters will bring 2,000 members of staff into town centre giving a welcome boost to town-centre traders by bringing more spending power into the area.”
A spokesman added: “The council will now continue its full procurement process to identify the company which will construct the new building. This is expected to be announced in September with building work starting on the site early next year.”