Despite the recession there is significant development activity going on in Northamptonshire and Chown Commercial are involved in schemes in both Wellingborough and Northampton. Stephen Chown considers the proposals for the county over the next couple of year.
Those taking notes well remember that I ran through Northampton town centres development plans in my column last month. This included the university halls of residence at St John's and it is great to know that the County Council’s Project Angel has been given the green light for office development next door to that since then. I also referred to development works at the train station and Waterside as part of the Enterprise Zone and finally to the Grosvenor Centre.
Further afield Chown Commercial acts for Keepmoat PLC, regeneration experts, who have been awarded the final two sites at Upton. This scheme fronts the A45 and offers a boulevard style mixed use redevelopment which will be highly visible from the road benefiting both retailers and those living in the initial phases of Upton alike.
The scheme includes retail units anchored by a convenience store as well as a nursery and a restaurant. Enquiries are currently being welcomed and the development is due to commence very shortly.
Keepmoat PLC has also retained Chown Commercial to act on the Oxford Street/High Street site on the periphery of the town centre of Wellingborough. Here the mixed use scheme will include small retail units as well as a larger convenience store and there is potential for alternative uses to be incorporated within the High Street frontage. These could include semi medical/clinic style uses, alternative therapies, veterinary surgery etc. Enquirers are currently being taken for this scheme and interested parties should contact the writer direct.