Councillor’s bid for large extension to cafe in Northampton park set to fail

Abington Park Cafe, Northampton
Abington Park Cafe, Northampton
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The Abington Park Cafe looks unlikely to get a second, larger, extension after the latest plan, by the councillor who runs it, was recommended for refusal.

Councillor Tony Ansell (Con, Abington), submitted the new plan for a single-storey extension with an outdoor furniture store.

Abington Park Cafe, Northampton

Abington Park Cafe, Northampton

The Guildhall committee had already approved a smaller extension - without the furniture store - in January, which would increase the footprint by 42 per cent.

But officers said the fresh proposal - which would see a 63 per cent increase in size - would be too intrusive in what is a conservation area.

The planning report said: “It is considered that the larger extension now proposed, whilst appropriately designed in terms of how it continues the existing roof form, would result in a building of an excessive scale and which would consequently appear as an unduly visually intrusive feature within the Conservation Area to the detriment of the appearance of this.”

A resident also objected to the plan saying: “The application is unattractive and out of keeping with the conservation area.

Abington Park Cafe, Northampton

Abington Park Cafe, Northampton

“[There is also] a mishmash of materials on one face of the building.”

The previously approved plans for the smaller extension, which are being funded by the business, will include a new kitchen area, office and food store, providing more space for food preparation and serving.

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