An application has been lodged to build 11 homes on scrubland behind a disused community centre in Northampton town centre.
Plans for the two-bedroom houses would see them built on land between Clare Street and Somerset Street, near the former St Crispins Community Centre in The Mounts.
The application site forms part of what is called the ‘boot and shoe conservation area’.
The application, submitted by Wootton-based Barry Waine Planning, says: “The site is noted to be an ‘area of negative contribution’.
“Such areas are seen as being capable of sustaining sympathetic redevelopment and having the potential to enhance the character of the conservation area.
“The proposal is for a terrace of properties which would complement the existing terraced properties in the street.
“It is considered that this is a sustainable location, close to local facilities and public transport. It is appropriate for smaller dwellings available for young people, but constructed to modern standards.”
The planning report also says there is a potential issue with contaminated land, which needs to be investigated by the applicant.
Officials at the Guildhall are due to make a decision on the plans by the end of the year.
The redevelopment of the Clare Street site would also see the former St Crispin Community Centre converted into an Islamic Centre by the Al-Iman Society of Northamptonshire and Northampton-based Ta’Awun Education Trust.
On its website, the society says the centre was on the market for £377,000, and an appeal has been ongoing to raise the money needed to complete the purchase. The group says it has contributed £85,000 to date. For details visit http://al-iman.co.uk