Greyfriars proposals on display

Published: Monday, 18 July 2016

Two proposed schemes for future development on the Greyfriars site in Northampton have gone on display at the Guildhall today.

The schemes are from two competing developers and both propose mixed-use developments that include retail, commercial, residential and leisure uses.

Both are now on display in the Court Room at the Guildhall and can be seen from 12 noon to 8pm on Monday 18 July; from 9am-8pm on Tuesday 19 July and Wednesday 20 July.

Visitors will be able to see what the schemes could look like and understand how they link to the rest of the town centre, as well as leaving their comments, which will be fed back to the developers.

Final recommendations on which scheme will be taken forward are to be discussed by the Borough Council’s Cabinet in September.

Cllr Tim Hadland, Cabinet Member for Planning, Regeneration and Enterprise, said: “I am sure people will be interested in seeing the proposals for Greyfriars. We have already extended the opening hours to give more people the opportunity to see the display and I do hope people take the opportunity.”

Jessica D'Alulerio, chair of the Northampton Town Centre Business Improvement District, said: "We are delighted to see plans for Greyfriars being presented to businesses and residents.

"This is a key town centre site with masses of potential and we are keen to see it developed in a beneficial way for town centre businesses. We will be considering the plans in detail this week to understand which option would be best for the health and growth of the town centre business community.

"We of course encourage all business owners in the BID area to view the plans and share their views too."

The schemes in brief:

Scheme 1 proposes:

  • A leisure hub including a new multiplex cinema of up to eight screens or family entertainment centre and trampolining facilities
  • 6 casual dining restaurants
  • Retail kiosks
  • 150 residential flats to let
  • 500 student apartments
  • 81 retirement apartments
  • Health and fitness gym
  • 110 bed hotel
  • New coach station of six bays

Scheme 2 proposes:

  • A boutique, four-screen cinema
  • 11 units for restaurants, wine bars and cafes
  • 150 bed, 4Star hotel
  • Hotel to incorporate gym and spa
  • 266 residential units, with 144 private rented apartments and 
  • 122 apartments to be sold
  • 339 student accommodation units
  • Transport hub with three large coach bays

Full details with visuals can be found on the Borough Council’s website