Northampton Town Centre Masterplan

Town Centre Masterplan

Northampton plays a vital role as a major centre serving the town and its wider catchment area. During the Middle Ages, Northampton grew in significance with the establishment of Northampton Castle, which regularly hosted Parliament.

The creation of the Grand Union Canal and arrival of the railway in 1830 saw Northampton become a centre for footwear and leather manufacture. The town centre reflects this in its mix of modern and historic buildings and the varied uses that they host. Retailing is the predominant land use within Northampton's town centre, alongside other significant uses, including; cultural, entertainment and leisure. Its location on the River Nene underpins other industries, such as brewing - where it is the home of Carlsberg in the UK.

With town centres across the country going through unprecedented levels of change, Northampton Borough Council - along with its partners at Northampton Forward - have decided to act in addressing the challenges facing the town.

Northampton Forward will lead this work. The board is an informal partnership with the primary role of co-ordinating and driving forward the integrated regeneration and growth within Northampton. The board is made up of leading executives from the Borough Council, County Council, South East Midlands LEP, University of Northampton, Northamptonshire Police, Royal & Derngate, private business representatives, community representatives, Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce and Northampton Town Centre BID.

This transformative change will be guided by this comprehensive masterplan and will future-proof the town centre for years to come, creating an environment that meets the ambitious vision for the local area.

Northampton Forward will be looking to deliver this vision through a number of means, including the Future High Street Fund and the Towns Fund. In Summer 2020, the Borough Council submitted a bid to the Future High Street Fund for £12.2 million to deliver this transformative change by redeveloping the Market Square, attracting more visitors and creating new jobs.

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