A church in Northampton could be demolished and replaced with five houses in a proposal recommended for approval by planning officers.
A planning application has been submitted to Northampton Borough Council for the erection of five town houses at Gospel Hall in Adnitt Road in Abington.
Each of the houses would be build over three floors with three bedrooms. No on-site parking is proposed.
The church was built in the late 19th century and isn’t listed or within a conservation area. It has associated church rooms on Lea Road currently operating as a community facility.
The two Northampton Borough Councillors, Councillor Tony Ansell (Con) and Zoe Smith (Lab) have both expressed concerns about the demolition of the church and associated rooms.
Councillor Ansell said the new houses would be an eyesore and plain in comparison to neighbouring buildings.
Councillor Smith said the houses would damage the character of the area and would be inappropriate in terms of their height.
But the proposal, which is due to be discussed at a planning committee meeting next Tuesday, has been recommended for approval as it would represent an “acceptable re-use of the site and would contribute to the established housing need in Northampton.”
In a report due to be discussed at the meeting, planning officer Steven Boyes states: “The development is of a satisfactory design and layout and would have no significant detrimental impacts on the residential amenity of neighbouring properties or future occupiers of the dwellings.
“The development would be acceptable in terms of highway safety.”