Six coach bays to be built at former Greyfriars bus station site in Northampton

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Bays for six coaches will be included in plans for any new shops built on the former Greyfriars bus station site.

The measure, hinted at by councillors earlier this year, has been included in a brochure aimed at potential developers for the 24,000 sq metre site.

Although it does not mean the bays must be included, it would potentially see the coach stops with limited facilities at Victoria Street abandoned.

The brochure suggests there should be “incorporation of a small transport hub to provide a northern town centre gateway and retain easy access for passengers.”

An overhead plan included in the brochure - which has so far been requested by more than 100 different parties - also outlines the area offered for development, which includes the Newlands car park and the site of Greyfriars tower across the road in Lady’s Lane.

The brochure also states that people could live above any new buildings, saying that flats above the retail space ‘would be welcomed at upper levels of the development.’

The document says: “[The new development should create] a new high-quality street scene incorporating active frontages at ground floor level, to allow ease of pedestrian movement and to encourage greater footfall between destinations.

“[There must also be] sympathetic design of an appropriate scale that takes into account the historic character of Sheep Street.”

Shortlisted developers must make detailed bids in January with a decision, following public consultation, expected by the end of that month.