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University of Northampton submits expansion plans

University of Northampton submits expansion plans
The University of Northampton has submitted plans for a brand new campus situated in the Northampton Waterside Enterprise Zone.

Officials explained that the £330 million development will help the institute create a facility suitable for the future and will also breathe new life into the Waterside and the town centre. The campus will sit on the 55-acre Avon Nunn Mills site replacing the university's current facilities in St George's Avenue and Boughton Green Road. It is hoped that if planning approval is secured then work can begin in 2015 with a completion date earmarked for autumn 2018.

The development is expected to bring a significant boost to not only the university but the surrounding area as well. Officials stated that they hope it will deliver a huge economic boost to Northampton and have estimated this to be around £825 million with £270 million of figure being retained locally and benefiting the community.

Councillor David Mackintosh, leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: "We believe it will pave the way for research and development partnerships, making Northampton one of the most ambitious and progressive boroughs in the country. The application is now available for anyone to view through the planning pages on our website and we will bring it before the Planning Committee in due course."

The Northampton Waterside Enterprise Zone encompasses a large part of the town with developments being planned in the likes of Sixfields, St Peter's Way and St James Mill Road. The former's stadium has been put in the spotlight of late as it not only host Northampton Town football but since the beginning of the 2013/14 season, Coventry City also have relocated to the ground.

Despite the ground only holding 7,653 supporters, the Sky Blues' management deemed the ground to be suitable after disputes with the owners of their Ricoh Arena home in Coventry. However, this has been as an aberration by the fans with many of them boycotting home matches this season.

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Date: 05/09/2013 14:12:00

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