University of Northampton submits plans for 800 houses on Park Campus site

Plan for 800 houses on University of Northampton's Park Campus
Plan for 800 houses on University of Northampton's Park Campus

The University of Northampton has submitted an outline planning application to Northampton Borough Council to build 800 homes on Park Campus when the institution moves to a new site in the town centre.

The town’s university is planning to relocate to a new £330 million campus in the town centre, off Bedford Road, which is part of the Waterside Enterprise Zone, in 2018.

In the plans, there is no intention to create any other access roads to the site, apart from the two existing entrances from Boughton Green Road.

At one of the public consultation events in November, Neil Rowley, director of planning for Savills which has drawn up the plans, said he thought local residents would notice reduced traffic levels.

He said: “People coming through the door have been supportive as it is a relatively low density development and there will be less traffic than there currently is in the area when students are at the university.”

Professor Nick Petford, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Northampton said the submission of the plans was “another milestone step” in the university’s plan to move to the town centre.

Northampton Borough Council is expected to make a decision on whether to approve the plans in September this year.