Developers plan to bulldoze clinic in St Giles and turn it into apartment blocks

Northampton Surrey has submitted plans for an appartment block in St Giles.

Northampton Surrey has submitted plans for an appartment block in St Giles.

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Developers have lodged plans to knock down an unused clinic on a Northampton town centre street and replace it with 63 homes, a restaurant and a cafe.

The 1930s built former NHS centre in St Giles was largely vacated in 2013 when the health service decided to move its contraceptive clinic out of there.

The clinic as it looks now.

The clinic as it looks now.

Now developers Northampton Surrey want to turn the site into a three-storey apartment block with two commercial units on the ground floor.

The developers say the current single storey building is “at odds” with the other taller structures in the vicinity and claim its plans would help alleviate Northampton’s current five-year housing shortfall.

A document submitted to the planning department at Northampton Borough Council states the flats have been “well designed to enhance the conservation area” and will fit in with the largely independent retail scene which saw St Giles crowned High Street of the year.

The plan does not come with any parking - though the developers say there will be limited on-street parking and a cycle store.