The university’s development of the Waterside site received outline planning permission in September 2014 to build 188 more student flats as well as a fine art and performance hub, teaching hub and research hub. The university, at the time, were not granted outline permission for every building they applied to build, however they retained the option to do so in the future.
The large number of student accommodation that has been built at the University which moved to its current site from the previous site in Boughton Green Road, in 2018. This has already had a large impact on property demand across town, with demand in Kingsthorpe falling, while demand in the south of the town rising significantly. However, there has also been a major impact on residents in the area, with large numbers of students, behaving as students tend to do!
In November 2018 – fed-up neighbours submitted petitions to Northampton Borough Council calling on them to help improve the parking situation near the university campus.
It included a petition with more than 50 signatures from residents of Thomas Chapman Grove calling for parking permits to be implemented in the area. Meanwhile, 27 residents from Malthouse Close also submitted their own petition calling for double yellow lines to be painted to prevent university students and staff parking in front of their drives.
A spokeswoman for The University of Northampton said:
“The next step to ensure the university can retain the option of enhancing the site through additional facilities and future development is to submit reserved matters applications to the Borough Council.
“These reserved matters applications provide the detailed design of the new buildings that were already approved in 2014 and will give the university the permission to build them in the future