University of Northampton submits detailed planning application for its new £330 million town centre campus

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

The University of Northampton has submitted a detailed planning application to the borough council for its new £330 million Waterside Campus.

If the planning application is approved work is expected to start on the new campus, off Bedford Road, in 2015 and will be opened in September 2018.

A statement released by the university said the new campus would feature “flexible learning and teaching spaces for the use of innovative technologies, alongside a vibrant mix of leisure and retail facilities”.

Professor Nick Petford, vice-chancellor of the University of Northampton, said: “This planning submission is another step in the development of our plans to relocate to the new Waterside Campus.

“These academic buildings will be an impressive place for our students and staff to learn, teach, research and network.

“This is a hugely exciting development for both the University and for Northampton it will inject over £330million investment into Northampton to develop the existing brown field site.”

Councillor David Mackintosh, leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: “The new University of Northampton campus will be right at the cutting edge of education, which is vital for the town’s businesses to thrive.

“The council has already supported the outline application and sought greater means to help finance it, which demonstrates our belief that such a facility is needed. The detailed application will be considered by the planning committee early next year.”