Here's a round up of planning applications and approvals in and around Northampton – including a popular pub refurbishment, huge town centre regeneration projects, and a new Greggs.
The town is ever-changing, with new applications and updates springing up every week. So we’ve compiled a list of some of the recent plans submitted, updated and approved of late.
The list includes updates on major council projects set for the coming years, hundreds of new homes, a new Greggs and more.
Greggs Bakery has submitted plans to open a site at units 11 and 12 at Kingsthorpe Shopping Centre on Harborough Road. (Photo: Google) Click through our gallery below to view all the plans. Michael Jones Jeweller in Gold Street has submitted plans to refurbish its exterior and improve its security by merging with the vacant unit next door. "The existing corner site will be retained and painted, all to match with the new extended shopfront. The existing entrance is proposed as a new display window to reduce security breaches and ensure safety for staff and customers within the store via a new entrance within the new shopfront to number 1a Gold St," according to plans. Plans to build 300 homes on country land the size of nearly 21 football pitches behind Caroline Chisholm School in Wootton are set to be discussed on Thursday – but questions have already been raised over infrastructure. The applicants say the proposed project, which is part of a larger Sustainable Urban Extension (SUE), aims to create a ‘vibrant and sustainable community complete with housing, a primary school, a community hub, essential infrastructure, and potentially a new secondary school’. The Britannia Inn on the Bedford Road is having a refurbishment on October 16. The pub said on Facebook: "We've got some exciting news for you all. The Britannia is having a refurbishment. We have some lovely features coming our way." According to planning papers, the pub will have new timber pergolas, timber archway, timber picket fence, timber clad external bar, soft landscaping, door to match existing style and detail, window to match existing style and detail, new ramp and removal of existing garage and door and window (Photo: Google) A decision is yet to be made over plans to build a solar farm on land at Milton Road, Gayton, following a public inquiry which took place Tuesday 23 May to Friday 26 May, according to WNC's Rebecca Breese's cabinet papers. (Photo: Google) A WNC spokesman previously said it is proposed that the initial outline plan for the former bus station site will deliver “new high-quality homes, commercial uses, a new park, leisure facilities and a new coach interchange”. According to WNC's cabinet member for town regeneration, Daniel Lister, Studio Egret West have now been appointed to lead on the development of a framework for the Greyfriars sites. Studio Egret West have been involved in similar schemes to Greyfriars such as Mayfield in Manchester and Earls Court in London. Councillor Lister says: "Greyfriars is the largest brownfield opportunity within West Northamptonshire and this commission is a positive step forward to create a shared and co-created vision for the site. There will be an early consultation exercise this side of the new year to give the opportunity for the public, key partners and members to contribute." The site has stood derelict ever since it was blown up on March 15, 2015 following 39 years in the heart of the town. (Photo: Logan MacLeod) Plans have recently been submitted to build a much-needed multi-million pound SEND school for 250 students in Northamptonshire by 2025. West Northamptonshire Council (WNC) submitted long-awaited plans to build a new three-storey school at the former St. John's Centre in Tiffield, which was previously used by the council for children and family services but is currently closed and unoccupied. Previous reports suggest it could cost around £23million to build. Wagamama is set to open its doors at the former Firejacks restaurant in Sixfields on October 16. The site is reportedly set to create around 70 new jobs. A massive new Home Bargains store is set to open its doors in time for Christmas. The bargain retailer has been converting the former Toys R Us site in St James Retail Park for months now. An opening date has been set for November 26. (Photo: Carly O'Dell) WNC's cabinet member for town centre regeneration, Daniel Lister, gave an update on the planned Marefair Heritage Park. He said in cabinet papers: " Marefair Heritage Park The work will see Chalk Lane Car Park in Marefair, Northampton transform into a Heritage Park. This will offer open green space for families and the local community to enjoy while celebrating the heritage of the area. Marefair and the surrounding area has a fascinating and important history which includes archaeological excavation sites, historic local buildings such as the Old Black Lion Pub, Hazelrigg House, Castile Hill URC and St Peters Church and even Castle Mound, the site of the once famous Northampton Castle. Following a positive public consultation event in late Spring, design development has continued responding to the themes and comments submitted in the consultation. The Council have also submitted a bid of £250,000 to the National Lottery Heritage Fund with the outcome awaited."