Pictures: This is what Northampton care home conversion into 'high-quality' and 'affordable' one-bed flats could look like

The proposals aim to contribute to the council's five-year housing plan

Tuesday, 13th April 2021, 4:55 pm
Updated Wednesday, 14th April 2021, 9:09 am

Plans have been unveiled to turn a Northampton residential care home into 20 one-bed flats.

Archway Real Estate Limited submitted its proposals to West Northamptonshire Council this month (April) to convert Glenside Nursing Home, in Weedon Road, into 'high-quality' flats - seven of which will be affordable so as to meet council policy requirements.

The plans also include a first floor extension to the rear, parking spaces to the front, and landscaped gardens at the back of the property. The building is not listed or located in a conservation area.

An Archway Real Estate Limited spokesperson said in the planning papers: "The scheme meets the requirements of the development plan and NPPF in relation to the creation of new residential units that meet an identified local need and will contribute to the council’s five-year housing land supply requirements.

"The contemporary design of the extension has also been carefully considered and by incorporating a highly-sustainable and high-quality design it will enhance the character of development in the area.

"The new structure will be a positive addition to the wider Northampton area, raising the bar in terms of architectural design, sustainable construction and renewable energy enhancements."

The plans also say the new units will have 10 parking spaces to the front of the main building, and each one can be retrofitted with electric vehicle charging points.

Archway Real Estate Limited added: "Given the scale of the care home, which had up to 28 residents, and a number of staff on a rota basis – the number of vehicles accessing the existing site is potentially far greater than the proposed development."

A number of residents have voiced their concerns, specifically with the car parking in the area.

One local resident wrote: "I strongly object to this planning application on the grounds that it would create create even more of a traffic and parking problems for the side roads. There are not enough parking spaces to serve the apartments.

"The one-bed apartments would, I assume, be for either single people or to house the homeless. This would not fit in with the families living in the area and would cause disruption and excessive noise."

Seven other people objected to the plans.

The care home was contacted for comment but did not respond.

To view the application click here.

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