University has green light for new student halls

THE University of Northampton has been given the go-ahead for plans to extend its student accommodation.

Northampton Council’s planning committee has granted planning permission for a £25m, 464-room hall of residence on the site of the St John’s car park in Northampton.

The university says the new hall of residence in the centre of town is vital to secure its future, as it needs to continue to attract students to study in the town.

The new hall of residence will be available for a mix of students, including postgraduates and international students.

Work will start in the summer ahead of opening in January 2014.

University of Northampton vice-chancellor Nick Petford said: “This is a project which is vital for the future. To remain competitive the university must be able to offer its students the very best accommodation when they choose to study here and this new hall helps to enhance its accommodation offer significantly.

“This really is excellent news for both the university and the whole of Northampton, which will continue to benefit economically and socially from the university’s success.

“As the university’s plans were developed the team worked hard to engage with residents and get their views on the proposals.

“This feedback was invaluable and helped shape the final proposals and improve the overall design of the building.

“We are keen to thank all those who took the time to contribute.

“The university is committed to making sure it gets this absolutely right.”