New community facility for St Crispin’s

Artist's impression of St Crispin's Community Centre by Jane Birch
Artist's impression of St Crispin's Community Centre by Jane Birch
Published: Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Work is set to start next week on a new community centre serving the St Crispin estate in Northampton.

A revised planning application was approved on 15 March and the resulting development will cost £2.25 million, paid for through developer contributions.

The facility will feature a large main hall, meeting rooms, an office, and a kitchen for catering, all of which will be available for public use.

There will also be a café, plus changing rooms and equipment stores, while the grounds will feature several football pitches and a baseball diamond.

Cllr Brandon Eldred, Northampton Borough Council Cabinet member for community engagement, said: “When we consulted with the public in 2012, the overwhelming response was in favour of a new community facility.

“Since then, we have been working hard to secure appropriate land and develop plans for a facility that would be a real asset.

“Initial plans were put forward last year, and these were revised following the planning consultation exercise with residents.

“We think the approved plans will allow us to create a modern, fit-for-purpose facility which will bring all local communities together, young and old.

“They will be able to take part in sporting activities, participate in a whole range of community activities, and hold parties and events.”

As a result of the changes in design, a play area on the site will be moved and upgraded. This means the equipment will be closed when work starts next week.

In the meantime, alternative play areas can be found at Roundwood Way, St Crispin’s, and Melbourne Lane, Duston.

Northampton Borough Council is also in negotiations to provide a series of allotments on nearby scrubland.

Contractor, Jeakins Weir, expects to have the community centre development and associated facilities complete by the start of 2017.

Visit the Council website about St. Crispin's for updates as they become available.