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Avenue Campus to be redeveloped to provide 170 new affordable homes

Published: Wednesday, 09 December 2020

Plans for Northampton Borough Council to purchase and redevelop the Avenue Campus as affordable rented housing will be discussed by Councillors at the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, 16 December.

The Avenue Campus, located in St George’s Avenue and opposite The Racecourse, is owned by the University of Northampton (UON) which has obtained a hybrid planning consent for the development of up to 170 new homes.

The redevelopment will include the part demolition, conversion and extension of the Maidwell Building and the demolition and conversion of other UON buildings (excluding the Grade II listed Newton Building) in order to provide new homes.

Cllr Stephen Hibbert, Cabinet member for housing, said: “There is an extremely high demand for affordable housing in Northampton and this scheme will help us meet some of that demand.

“With its great mix of one, two, three and four-bedroom homes, the Avenue Campus is very close to Northampton’s town centre and provides excellent access to local services, employment and public transport.

“The new homes will be allocated in line with a local lettings policy that will strike a balance between existing council tenants, homeless households and other applicants on the Housing Register.”

Northampton Partnership Homes (the Council’s arms-length management organisation) will oversee the redevelopment, including the construction works, and will be responsible for letting and managing the new council homes when they are complete.

Helen Town, Assistant Director: Asset Management and Development, said: “We’re really excited to be involved in this partnership proposal, which if approved will create a long-lasting legacy for Northampton.

“With growing numbers of households in housing need, NPH is in the perfect position to develop this beautiful site to provide high-quality homes for those who need them.

“Building more homes not only meets housing need but enables us to create much-needed job and apprenticeship opportunities in the town.”

University of Northampton Chief Operating Officer Terry Neville added: “The University received several expressions of interest from various parties to acquire the former Avenue Campus but after an exhaustive review it was clear Northampton Borough Council and Northampton Partnership Homes’ vision to provide much-needed and affordable homes will provide exceptional social value for the people of the town.”

The Cabinet will discuss the proposals at its virtual meeting streamed directly to YouTube from 6pm on Wednesday, 16 December www.youtube.com/user/northamptonbcTV. Full details on the proposals can be found here.