Plans to include a supermarket in Northamptonshire County Council’s new office development have been scrapped after none of the major stores expressed an interest.
The authority first revealed in 2010 that it was planning to build a £43 million new headquarters – codenamed Project Angel – close to the Royal & Derngate.
Latest documents published by the council show it was initially planned to include a supermarket in the office block, facing on to St John’s Street, but that plan has now been scrapped.
Papers which will be seen by the council’s cabinet on September 10, said: “Market testing was undertaken with the large supermarket chains to assess the marketability of the site.
“This work demonstrated that the large supermarket chains have begun to slow their local convenience store investment and have narrowed their criteria for investment.
“This, together with a review of the location of the potential store, indicates that the supermarket proposition would not be attractive to the market.”
The council now plans to use the space inside the Project Angel building for conference facilities.
The conference area would however be built in such a way that it could be converted into shops in the future.
As part of the Project Angel development it is planned to create a coffee shop on the corner of Angel Street and Fetter Street.