Campaigners win fight as plan to convert derelict care home in Northampton into flats is refused

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Plans to convert a derelict residential care home in Northampton into 20 flats were refused by planning board members after 96 complaints were lodged by nearby residents.

Developer Ahmed Fouda proposed to change the former Lakeview House Old Persons Home, in Churchill Avenue, Eastfield into one, two- and three-bedroom apartments, complete with a 20-space car park and a cycle store.

But residents had raised a number of concerns about the bid, which many felt differed only slightly from a plan to convert the empty home into 28 flats in 2013, which was also refused.

Several objections were raised about the lack of car parking at the development, which could have been occupied by more than 60 people. The scheme had already received an objection from Northampton North MP Michael Ellis, who said the development would ‘change the nature of the area to the detriment of existing residents’.

Speaking on Tuesday night, vice chairman of Lakeview Residents’ Association, Nicky Whitlock, said: “Whichever way you dress this up, this will be cramped and over-developed.”

Lakeview resident Irene Campbell said the development would only be a ‘miniscule’ addition to the borough council’s five-year housing supply.

She said: “The principle need for general residential development in this area has not been established.

“What is established is the need for elderly residential accommodation in this area,” she added.