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HCA Northants regen scheme gets green light

A major Northampton regeneration scheme, containing up to 800 new homes, has been granted planning approval.

West Northamptonshire Development Corporation’s Planning Committee approved the scheme, which will transform the Ransome Road brownfield site near Northampton town centre.

It is anticipated that the scheme, which is being led by the Homes and Communities Agency, will eventually link with the development of neighbouring land at the former Nunn Mills power station and Avon cosmetics factory.

Together, they are part of wider plans for the waterside area of Northampton town centre, providing new jobs, homes and places for local people to spend their leisure time.  

The decision follows confirmation in August that WNDC will invest £2.3 million in vital junction improvements between Northampton’s London Road and Ransome Road. The work will boost capacity and improve safety at the junction, while unlocking the first phase - up to 450 new homes - of Ransome Road.

Anthony Sowden, area manager for the HCA, said: “The decision gives us the green light to begin the process of bringing a developer on board to take forward the housing scheme. This project represents a major element of the plan to support Northampton’s growth ambitions.”

Ransome Road comprises 23 hectares of largely disused land which previously incorporated a mix of industrial uses, including a landfill site and a breakers yard. The HCA acquired the land from landowners including Northampton Borough Council and Network Rail.

Development of Ransome Road is the latest step in the ‘Brownfield Initiative’, a long running, multi million pound programme to bring Northampton’s derelict brownfield land back into use.

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