05 Dec Help amplify the future of Greyfriars in Northampton
The regeneration of Northampton Town Centre has taken an exciting step forward as West Northamptonshire Council (WNC) launches the first stage of engagement and ask the community to help shape the future of and revamp the vacant Greyfriars site.
The area includes the former bus station site, East and West Island, Mayorhold Multistorey Car Park, Belgrave House, Corn Exchange and Victoria Street Car Park.
Residents, visitors, businesses, and community organisations are being asked to provide their ideas for the future of this area and celebrate the heritage of the site through sharing their memories of Greyfriars from years gone by.
The online engagement launches on Tuesday, 5 December and will run through until Sunday, 7 January. Visit www.ampnorthampton.com to view the emerging vision to amplify the area and have your say.
Greyfriars is the largest brownfield opportunity within West Northamptonshire and represents a significant opportunity to deliver transformative change for the town. The site boasts a prime location at the heart of town, next to the ongoing transformation of the historic Market Square and redevelopment of the former Marks and Spencer’s and BHS units. The central location provides a unique opportunity to transform this part of the town centre and have a positive impact on the wider area.
WNC is working with consultation experts, Deetu and architects, Studio Egret West, to develop the engagement and proposed plans for the future scheme. The emerging vision includes new high-quality homes offering multi-generational living, dedicated community space, a new park as well as exploring where commercial and leisure uses could be developed. A core element of the proposals is to improve connectivity within the surrounding area and provide enhanced walking and cycling.
Cllr Dan Lister, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Town Centre Regeneration and Growth at WNC, said: “This is an exciting step to transform the Greyfriars Bus site as we launch the first stage of our engagement and work with our community to develop a vision and plans to amplify this area.
“The project has the opportunity to deliver a change for the area, increasing footfall to support local businesses, attract new inward investment and create a place where all can be proud of. We look forward to working with our residents and businesses to bring them along this journey with us.”
The initial feedback collated from the first stage of engagement will be considered by WNC and a highly experienced multi-disciplinary team of architects, transport, and commercial experts, to develop a vision by spring 2024 and launch a second stage of consultation.
To keep up to date with regeneration across Northampton, visit www.wearenorthampton.com