Planning permission granted former popular Northampton pub to be converted into flats

The development will consist of eight one-bedroom flats and three studio flats

Tuesday, 27th April 2021, 9:31 am

A former pub in Northampton will be turned into flats as planning permission has now been granted by West Northamptonshire Council.

The Romany on the corner of Kingsley Road and Trinity Avenue in Kingsley has been shut and vacant since the first lockdown last year, despite being a popular venue for live music and more for a number of years.

Landlords of the pub had been at the helm for 10 years and lived above in a flat, but were told to pack up a decade of memories as they prepared to reopen last July.

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The Romany shut for good last year and will now be turned into flats.

At the end of 2020, Wellington Pub Company, which owns the site, then submitted a planning application to turn the building into 11 flats.

Now the application has been given the green light and work can begin on the conversion.

The main building will be converted into eight one-bed flats and two studio flats. The existing garage on the site will also be turned into a studio flat.

All residential units will have access to a private balcony or garden and a communal garden.

As part of the development, 13 parking spaces will also be available for future residents.

The applicant plans to restore the original character of the building, which has been a recognisable part of the community since 1938 when the large building was erected.

In a design and access statement, the applicant said: “The intention is to reinstate the original character of the building at the time of its construction.”

The case’s planning officer added: “Whilst not a listed building nor in a conservation area, the public house is a notable building and is a landmark of the area.

“The building would be retained largely unaltered and this is welcomed and would minimise the impact on the street scene and the character of the area.

No public communications were received about losing the building as a pub.

The planning officer concluded: “The proposed development would have no undue detrimental impact on the amenities of neighbouring occupiers, would be in keeping with the character and appearance of the area and would have no adverse impact in respect of highway safety or amenity.”

The applicant has three years from the date planning permission was granted (April 23) to begin work on the site.

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