Thursday, June 17, 2021

Avenue Campus to be redeveloped for 170 new affordable homes

Plans to develop new homes on a Northampton university campus site continue to make progress.

The acquisition of the Avenue Campus site, which is being sold to West Northamptonshire Council by the University of Northampton (UON), was discussed by Cabinet members on Tuesday, 8 June.

This follows the former Northampton Borough Council Cabinet’s decision, in December 2020, to give the go-ahead for the Council to purchase and redevelop the University’s Avenue Campus as affordable housing.

The Avenue Campus, located in St George’s Avenue and opposite The Racecourse, 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.

West Northamptonshire Council Cabinet members were updated on the progress made in relation to this site including the funding bid submitted to Homes England, the planning approval, and the normal checks associated with the acquisition of this site.

Cllr Adam Brown, Portfolio Holder for Housing, Culture and Leisure, said: “There is an extremely high demand for affordable housing in West Northamptonshire and building up to 170 extra affordable homes will help us meet some of that demand.

“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.

“A number of conveyancing and legal checks are currently under way and matters being investigated as part of the council’s legal due diligence obligations in relation to this acquisition.”

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