Developers have revealed plans to convert a disused public toilet in Northampton into a shop and a flat.
The firm behind the scheme said redeveloping the toilet, which is in Wellingborough Road next to the O’Malley’s pub, would help reduce crime in the area.
The plans by Wellingborough-based firm Design Board Architectural Services, would also create at least three jobs.
Documents submitted to Northampton Borough Council by the company said: “Due to the premises previously being a public lavatory, now that it has become vacant, the side public path is an attraction to crime which consists of vandalism and graffiti.
“By the approval of this proposal, the misuse of the public path will be eliminated as the premises will benefit from the installation of 24/7 CCTV security cameras.”
They also said the new shop would be an attractive addition to Wellingborough Road. They added: “The philosophy behind the design is forward looking and traditional.”
The building would not be the first toilet in Northampton to be converted into a business. In July 2011, the Chron reported that businessman Colin Ingle was working to convert a vandalised toilet block in Hunsbury Hill Country Park. That building is now a successful cafe.
Officials from the Guildhall will decide if the Wellingborough Road scheme can go ahead by the end of November.