Foreword

As the Cabinet Member with responsibilities for Regeneration, Enterprise and Planning
for Northampton Borough Council I am pleased to announce the adoption of the Council’s
Central Area Action Plan which will provide guidance and direction for future development in
Northampton’s town centre.

The adoption of this Plan is the result of more than 5 years of work which began with
workshops and community consultation with the aim of establishing a vision for the future
development of the town centre.

Northampton’s town centre is set to grow. Exciting projects are already taking shape across the
town through ambitious regeneration schemes as part of Northampton Alive. It will impact on
the physical environment in which we shop, live and work. It will impact on how investors view
the town centre and make their decisions on future investment. It will impact on our heritage
assets.

The challenge for the Council is to ensure that growth takes place in the right place and at the
right time to bring vibrancy to the town centre, whilst protecting and enhancing the aspects that
mean a lot to our citizens like our jobs, the choices we have in terms of shopping and leisure,
and our history and heritage.

This Plan will provide the Council with an up to date planning policy framework upon which to
assess the merits of future planning applications. It also provides more certainty in helping the
Council to meet its future development requirements up to 2026.

I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in this process. The adoption of this
Plan will ensure that Northampton’s town centre will continue to prosper, making sure that it
remains an attractive place for people to live, work, shop and invest in for many years.

 

Councillor Tim Hadland
Cabinet Member for Regeneration,
Enterprise and Planning

Cllr Hadland