Northamptonshire Police’s headquarters could move into Northampton town centre as part of the £43 million Project Angel scheme, it has been revealed.
Councillors are in early discussions with the force to move from Wootton Hall, a Northamptonshire County Council meeting heard this morning.
During the meeting, the council unanimously agreed the first raft of funding for Project Angel, which will see county council staff move out of County Hall and a dozen other council buildings across the county and relocate to a new building in Angel Street, close to the Derngate theatre.
The authority has now set aside £5.012 million to take the project through the procurement and business case stage, and to complete the delivery of the project.
It estimates the extra influx of people in the town centre will provide a £12 million boost to the town’s economy.
Councillor David Mackintosh (Con, Ecton Brook and Rectory Farm) told today’s meeting that discussions with the police were “at their early stages”.
Speaking about the overall project, he said: “This is a catalyst for bringing business and organisations back into the town centre.
“There is particular concern about car parking. We are very mindful that this is a big issue and we will resolve it.”
The funding report was moved by Councillor Andrew Langley (Con, Irthlingborough), cabinet member for local government shared services.
He said: “This is a great scheme for the county council. This paper seeks the first tranch of spending, getting us to the point of starting to build.
“We have 12 buildings which cost us more than £50,000 a week to run. This will put 2,000 extra people into the heart of Northampton and will promote Northampton’s economy.
“It will also massively reduce our carbon use, and we will be able to take on full-time apprenticeships.”