Former restaurant and railway shed in Northamptonshire to be coverted into flats

John and Valerie Dunkley pictured after announcing their retirement in September 2013

John and Valerie Dunkley pictured after announcing their retirement in September 2013

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A former restaurant building in Northamptonshire is to be converted into two flats in the style of a railway goods shed.

The building is the former Dunkleys restaurant, at the defunct Castle Ashby and Earls Barton Station site, in Grendon Road, Whiston.

Owners John and Valerie Dunkley closed the business and retired in 2013 but still retained control of the land.

They have now had a planning application approved to build three new houses on the site. They will also convert the main restaurant building - a former railway goods shed - into two flats and re-style it similar to how it looked when the station stopped operating in 1965.

Mr Dunkley said: “Something needed to be done with the site and we regard it as a heritage site.

“We feel that this plan keeps the shed as a landmark for the area.”

Aside from the goods shed, the site was also notable for two 1920s train carriages on relaid tracks that were utilised by Mr and Mrs Dunkley.

One, used as a bar, has been scrapped and the other, the coffee carriage, is still in place but will also be removed under the new plans.

The planning application says the business ran for 29 years, but after its closure no new owners were found despite the site being marketed for commercial use since 2013.