Bid to convert former office block in Northampton town centre into apartments gets approval

The former office block in Derngate will be converted into apartments
The former office block in Derngate will be converted into apartments

Plans for 64 new apartments at a former office block in Northampton town centre have been given the go-ahead.

The new owners of the former Newspaper House in Derngate put forward plans to Northampton Borough Council’s planning committee for the high-spec apartments, including underground parking. The plans were given approval on Thursday night.

Councillors welcomed the development as a way of repopulating the town centre.

The Derngate building has been sold by Tony and Marie Boullemier, two of the founders of the old Northants Post, which bought the building from the Royal Mail in 1984. They converted it into offices and a fitness centre, with the basement rented to a snooker club and latterly a theatre school.

After selling the Post to Thomson Regional Newspapers in 1988, they retained the building and leased the offices to several successive owners of their old paper until it moved out in 2012 under the ownership of Iliffe. It is now owned by Trinity Mirror.

Mr Boullemier said after the meeting: “The building served us very well indeed but it’s now more than 60 years old and urgently needs bringing into the 21st century. The developers, Derngate Lofts, have come up with some very exciting plans for it.”