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Published Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Northampton Borough Council’s Cabinet could go back to the drawing board on plans for the town centre Greyfriars site following detailed discussions about its future.

Based on an initial brief published in November 2015 and the extensive consultation which followed, Carter Endurance was selected in September 2016 as the preferred bidder.

The proposed scheme included student accommodation and retirement apartments, residential flats to let, a 110-bed hotel, restaurants, retail kiosks, a gym, a cinema or trampolining facilities and a new coach station.

It also identified extensive public realm integration with the Grosvenor Centre and a revised highways scheme.

Since then, the developer has made significant changes to the proposal and has submitted a revised scheme which would provide only partial implementation.

A report to next week’s Cabinet (Wednesday, 6 December), based on advice from legal counsel, recommends that members approve an end to the negotiations on the basis that Carter Endurance has not been able to achieve the original offer.

 Cllr Jonathan Nunn, leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: “The developer has been unable to deliver the proposed scheme but that has provided us with the opportunity to take a fresh look at things.

“The world has moved on since our original brief in 2015 and it is perhaps appropriate that we consider all of the options open to us at this time.”

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