Plans for new University of Northampton campus set to get the go-ahead by council tonight

Updated plans for new University of Northampton campus
Updated plans for new University of Northampton campus

Plans by the University of Northampton to build a new multi-million pound campus and demolish its old buildings will go before the borough council’s planning committee tonight.

The university is planning to move from its existing sites in St George’s Avenue and Boughton Green Road in Northampton to a new 55-acre site off Bedford Road in the Waterside Enterprise Zone, as part of a £330 million building project.

If council officers give the project the go-ahead, construction will include a right turn lane on Bedford Road into Riverside Way, a vehicle bridge and footbridge in Becket’s Park with surrounding soft and hard landscaping, a university lawn to act as an entrance to the campus, and sports facilities, including a four court sports hall.

New student accommodation facilities will contain 1,500 beds, 1,860 parking spaces, and a visitors’ hotel with 150 bedrooms, amongst other new buildings.

The plans include permission to level all buildings already on the site around Bedford Road and Nunn Mills Road.

A separate proposal tonight will address the possible demolition of existing university facilities in Boughton Green Road.

First presented to the council in December last year, building work is forecast to finish in time for the arrival of new students in September 2018.