Abbey in line for cash boost

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Abbey in line for cash boost

Northampton Borough Council will consider additional funding for the renovation of Delapre Abbey.

Next Wednesday, (October 21st) the council’ s Cabinet will consider improvements before the Delapre Abbey Preservation Trust (DAPT) takes over the building s operation later next year.

A capital contribution of £525,000 will enable a number of elements to be incorporated within phase one of the project and be in place prior to opening. These include:

  • Provision of additional car parking over and above the existing hardstanding
  • The restoration of the Delapre Lodge, located at the main abbey entrance from London Road
  • The fit out of the retail space and purchase of stock
  • The fit out of the education space
  • The installation of superfast broadband and IT hardware to enable conference room hire, and operational activities of the trust
  • The installation and fit out of a commercial kitchen

An increase in car parking will require planning permission, and a full inclusive community engagement will be carried out with local residents and other stakeholders ahead of that.

Councillor Tim Hadland, the borough council s Cabinet member for Regeneration, Enterprise and Planning, told Connect FM: ”This extra work is necessary to ensure that Delapre Abbey can open as a major local, regional and national heritage attraction.”

Rod Giddins, Chair of the Trust, told Connect FM: “We are committed to delivering a compelling new visitor attraction for Northampton.”

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