Next steps for Northampton’s Market Square revamp

Published: Saturday, 30 January 2021

Northampton Forward has submitted a revised plan of activity to Government which will allow it to progress work on the transformation of the town’s Market Square.

On Boxing Day, the Government announced that Northampton was one of 57 areas which would receive support from its Future High Streets Fund.

As the £8.45 million award was lower than the original £12.2 million bid, it has been necessary for Northampton Forward to outline what it intends to achieve with the money.

Cllr Tim Hadland, Northampton Borough Council Cabinet Member for regeneration and enterprise and Northampton Forward board member, said: “The size of the award is almost exactly the amount we had earmarked for our planned work on Market Square.

“This was a top priority for both the board and the public and we’re delighted that we’re able to bring this scheme forward, which will be the catalyst for future development across the town centre.

“Our original bid would have covered redevelopment of Waterloo House at the southern entrance to the square.

“This site has been acquired by a private developer since our plans were made public and we are keen to see how this site will be brought back into use.

“So it has been reasonably simple for us to outline what we plan to do with the Government funding being made available, and we submitted details of that on Friday.”

Following extensive public consultation, high level designs identified improved paving, a transformed trader presence, stepped seating, increased event space, more trees and a fully-integrated water feature.

Once Government approves the updated plan, the next stage will be to consult with the public and other stakeholders again to develop and refine the more detailed Market Square design.

Martin Mason, Northampton Board member and Managing Director of Tricker’s, said: “Few towns possess a better market square than Northampton and news that funding has been secured will create a new attractive environment for residents, visitors, and businesses in this historic space in the heart of the town centre.

“The initial designs show that the heritage features of the square will be preserved along with creating more open space for use by everyone, a hugely important step towards celebrating Northampton’s rich heritage as a market town.”