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Outline permission for new £330m university campus to be approved

University of Northampton artist impression.

University of Northampton artist impression.

Outline planning permission for the University of Northampton’s new £330 million Waterside campus is due to be approved tonight.

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.

It is hoped groundwork on the site could start next year, with the campus opening in autumn 2018.

The outline planning application, which will be determined by Northampton Borough Council, 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.

Plans to move the University of Northampton to the site of the town’s former power station, off Bedford Road, were first revealed in April last year.

The development would feature new university buildings spread over 430,000 sq ft, as well as a range of new shops, a hotel and sports facilities.

Last week, the Chron revealed the vast majority of the 8,165 students who will use the site will not be able to park there as the university’s 760 parking spaces will be set aside for 650 staff, 70 visitors, 25 disabled students and 15 halls of residence spaces.

For more information visit http://www.northamptonboroughcouncil.com/councillors/documents/s42121/2013-0912.pdf

 

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