An outline planning application for the University of Northampton’s new £330 million Waterside campus in the town centre has been submitted to the borough council.
The proposed new campus on the 55-acre Avon Nunn Mills site will replace the university’s existing sites in St George’s Avenue and Boughton Green Road.
If approved, it is hoped groundwork on the site could start next year, with the campus opening in autumn 2018.
Professor Nick Petford, vice-chancellor of the University of Northampton, said: “We have ambitious plans to continue developing our offering to students, staff and our local community through the development of a new campus in the heart of Northampton.
“Our students are the entrepreneurs of the future, building our new campus within the Northampton Enterprise Zone will offer our students a unique opportunity to work with enterprising businesses during their studies, building their employability skills through work placements and internships.
“We are pleased our proposals have received strong support from the local community. We have worked hard to create a campus development which will have great facilities for our students, staff and the community of Northampton.”
Councillor David Mackintosh, leader of Northampton Borough Council, said the campus plan was one of the “cornerstone developments for both the Waterside Enterprise Zone and Northampton town centre”.
He said: “This outline planning application is a major step forward for the project. If approved, it will pave the way for the University of Northampton to relocate to the heart of our business district.
“We believe it will help create research and development opportunities, making Northampton one of the most ambitious and progressive boroughs in the country.
“The application is now available for anyone to view through the planning pages on our website and we will bring it before the planning committee in due course.”
The outline planning application reveals details of the issues of the uses proposed across the site, the amount of development and access points, together with an indication of the heights, widths and lengths of proposed buildings.
The application is accompanied by an environmental impact assessment as well as detailed plans for a new bridge.