Northampton College has revealed ambitious plans to re-develop its site at Badby Road West to deliver state of the art new college facilities for Daventry.
The new facilities will improve the educational offer and help keep students from leaving the town. It will also see up to 130 homes on the site.
The plans are being developed following the College’s successful bid to the South East Midlands Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) for £6.5M of funding from the Local Growth Fund for a completely new centre in the town that will offer vocational training for young people and adults.
The government grant was awarded on condition that the College invests match funding from its own resources and to achieve this, a planning application will be submitted to re-develop part of the current College site for residential purposes. Any proceeds from the sale of this part of the site will be reinvested directly back into the College’s capital investment programme.
The re-development is designed to provide a new purpose-built college building and to deliver a residential scheme which complements the site and its surroundings. The proposed scheme would see a mixture of different types of residential properties located along the northern and western sides of the site, linking together around the college building and connecting with existing housing and open space.
Proposals take account of the site’s existing character and layout which benefits from mature landscaping and trees.
The College building would be located centrally, set back from Badby Road West to maintain an open campus feel. Plans include a new area of public space located in the north-west corner of the site. Sports pitches are located to the north of Badby Road West, in their existing position, to retain the openness of this part of the site.
The plans were unveiled as part of a public consultation process which invites local people to comment on the proposals that are now available online via the College website at www.northamptoncollege.ac.uk/daventryplans
Northampton College is keen to hear your views on the proposals for the Daventry campus. Please submit comments by 13 February 2015 via email to email@example.com or using the comment sheet on the College’s website. All comments received during the consultation period will be reviewed and taken into account prior to submission of planning applications to Daventry District Council.
We want to know your views on the plans. Head over to www.facebook.com/daventryexpress to give your comments or email firstname.lastname@example.org.