University of Northampton puts in application for new Halls of Residence for 1,200 students

Artist's impression of the University of Northampton's new Waterside campus. ENGNNL00120120524163856

Artist's impression of the University of Northampton's new Waterside campus. ENGNNL00120120524163856

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The University of Northampton has submitted a planning application to build a new Halls of Residence for up to 1,200 students in the town centre.

The university is set to move from its Park and Avenue campuses to a new site off Bedford Road, known as Waterside, in September 2018.

Outline planning approval has been given for the Waterside Campus and the university has now made a more detailed application for a new Halls of Residence, including five-storey flats and four-storey townhouses with landscaped courtyards.

The residential zone of the Waterside Campus will be located bear to the new learning and teaching buildings, and will community facilities such as a small hotel, health centre, multi-faith chaplaincy, bank and convenience store.

Nick Petford, vice-chancellor of University of Northampton, said: “We are committed to offering students an excellent experience at the University of Northampton and this includes providing a selection of high quality student residences.

“The development of the Waterside Campus will allow students to live and study in Northampton town centre, in outstanding facilities that are shared with the local community.”

Councillor Mary Markham, leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: “The University of Northampton plans are moving forward at a real pace now and their move to a new state-of-the-art campus in the centre of Northampton will give a massive boost to the Enterprise Zone programme of regeneration that is taking the town into the future and will support the ambitions of businesses in Northampton that need to attract talent and to operate on a global level.”

The current reserved matters planning application is available to view on the Northampton Borough Council website by searching for application N/2015/1040.