Bid for 25 homes at St James to be decided by Northampton’s planning committee

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Plans to build nine houses and 16 flats off Spencer Street in Northampton is set to be decided by the borough council’s planning committee tonight.

The proposals by Kaby Developments Limited are expected to be passed by the board and have been approved in principal by borough council officers.

The development would be ‘in-keeping’ wit the red-brick terrace style of other homes on Spencer Street in St James and would include ‘associated parking and landscaping’.

A report into the development by the borough Council concludes: “The proposed development would reflect the character of its surroundings, secure a satisfactory residential environment, acceptably mitigate against flood risk and contribute towards the established housing need in Northampton.”

Also tonight, the planning board will decide a bid to turn the National Lift Tower into a permanent abseiling facility.

More than 1,000 people have bravely made the descent down the lift tower in St James since 2011, after its current owner, retail consultant Peter Sullivan, was granted temporary permission to use the site for period charity abseiling events.

An application for permanent permission is due to go before the borough council tonight and is likely to be granted on the condition that abseils only take place at weekends and are limited to 24 per calendar year.

The building would also remain as a lift testing facility.