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Town centre revamp plans backed

A partnership agreement has been signed on plans to redevelop a shopping centre, bus station and a large part of the town centre in Northampton.

The borough council's cabinet has agreed the partnership with Legal & General, which could see the Grosvenor Centre double in size.

Some historic pedestrian routes would be reinstated and improved by a mixture of open and covered shopping areas.

Better car parking and improved bus passenger facilities are also promised.

Northampton Borough Council and Legal & General will work together to secure funding to take the project forward.

Richard Church, cabinet member for regeneration, said: "While this agreement would still need to satisfy a number of conditions before it could go ahead, it would be a significant step towards the wider regeneration of the town centre.

"We have an ambition for Northampton to become a vibrant shopping and business centre for the region."

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