The UK Government has approved a compulsory purchase order (CPO) for the University of Northampton’s new £330m campus development.
Led by West Northamptonshire Development Corporation (WNDC), the CPO covers land for a new road via Avon Nunn Mills, the largest site in the Northampton Enterprise Zone.
Situated next to the River Nene, the site includes a disused Avon Cosmetics factory, as well as a former power station owned by Taylor Wimpey UK and Persimmon Homes.
University of Northampton vice-chancellor Prof Nick Petford said the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has approved the CPO, which will allow full development of the Avon Nunn Mills site.
"This compulsory purchase order places the University one step closer to realising our plans to create a state-of-the-art Waterside Campus; placing the University in the heart of the community," Petford said.
In November 2012, the landowners signed an agreement with WNDC and the University of Northampton, under which the area will be transformed into a new waterside campus with a new one mile spine road.
WNDC chief executive Peter Mawson said that the university campus development in Northampton will bring new life to the town centre.
"It is the jewel in the crown of an exciting regeneration programme, with nearby projects, ranging from a new railway station to riverfront offices, starting construction this year," Mawson said.
In March 2012, WNDC issued a CPO to acquire the entire 30ha site but it withdrew the CPO after owners Avon Cosmetics, Taylor Wimpy UK and Persimmon Homes signed an agreement with the university.
The university said it hopes to submit a planning application this summer.
Construction work on the project is expected to start in 2015 and complete in 2018.
Image: University of Northampton’s new campus will be developed on a site situated next to the River Nene. Photo: Courtesy of University of Northampton.