Plans to demolish 'rat runs for undesirables' joining two housing blocks in Northampton

The set of three walkways joining St John's and St Mark's House are due to be demolished as part of plans to curb anti-social behaviour in Spring Boroughs.

The set of three walkways joining St John's and St Mark's House are due to be demolished as part of plans to curb anti-social behaviour in Spring Boroughs.

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A set of walkways joining two apartment blocks in Northampton is set to be bulldozed in a bid to curb anti-social behaviour on an estate.

Northampton Partnership Homes (NPH) has applied to demolish the three-tier walkways that join St John's House and St Mark's House at St Andrew's Street, Spring Boroughs.

The decision to knock down the run-down walkways, which one resident described as a "rat run" for "undesirables," was taken following a public consultation.

A spokesman for NPH, said: "Following extensive consultation with residents, community safety officers and the local police we have issued a notice to advise interested parties that NPH has submitted a prior notification requesting permission to remove the pedestrian walkway linking St John’s House and St Mark’s House at St Andrews Street, Northampton.

"This is one of a number of proposed developments to reduce anti-social behaviour in the area."

However one resident has concerns the removed walkways will impact unfairly on elderly people who use them to visit neighbours.

Responding to the planning application, the unnamed resident wrote: "I understand the removal is backed by police to remove the 'rat runs' that undesirables are using.

"Those bridges have been there for forty years.

"A lot of elderly people living on the third fourth and fifth floors have been glad to be able to walk over to St John's."

The resident adds that NPH should consider locking off the walkways first for a "trial period" to see if that would be a better option and has questioned whether there are figures of the number of people in favour of the demolition.

The works are part of NPH's wider plans for St Andrew’s Street, which include demolishing a set of garages and building 14 new homes.