Plans to convert Kettering eyesore into shops and flats set for approval

The proposed Newland Street development.
The proposed Newland Street development.

A planning application to convert a Kettering town centre eyesore into shops and flats looks set to be approved next week.

The existing units at 11-12 Newland Street were the subject of a planning bid earlier this year by Playnest Ltd, which wanted to demolish the site and build two shops and 28 flats.

The site, between Wilko and Gerald S White Furniture Shop Ltd, has been derelict and run down for a number of years.

The plans have been recommended for approval ahead of a council planning meeting next Tuesday (July 19).

Conservative councillor Michael Brown (Brambleside) says it’s the sort of investment the town needs.

He said: “I am hugely delighted to see this very run-down focal point of our town finally attract the inward investment it so desperately has needed.

“If approved, this will brighten up the town centre no end and I hopefully look forward to seeing work commence.”

The site made headlines in 2014 when council bosses put up murals on its windows in an attempt to make the site more attractive.

Objections to the plans were received by one neighbour, who had concerns over the lack of parking, and the Victorian Society, which felt it would harm the character of the local area.