Controversial plans to turn Northampton pub into nursery will be decided tonight

The Pig and Whistle in Blackthorn. NNL-140723-013147009
The Pig and Whistle in Blackthorn. NNL-140723-013147009

Plans to turn a Northampton pub into a nursery are due to be decided by the borough council planning committee at a meeting tonight.

The freehold of the Pig and Whistle pub, in Bridge Court is owned by Northampton Borough Council.

A month ago the authority agreed to grant a 25-year lease to Blackthorn Good Neighbours (BGN) to convert the building into a nursery.

BGN says the plans will make up for a shortfall in nursery places in the east of Northampton.

If the plans are approved by council officers, modifications to the building will include new entrance doors, windows and solar panels on the east-facing roof slope.

But the plans have come under fire by local residents who see the pub as integral to the local community.

A petition with over 135 signatures against the nursery scheme will be considered at the meeting.

In response to the complaints, an Enterprise Inns spokesperson said: “After careful consideration and a review of all options, the decision has been made to lease the property for non-pub use which will secure its future as an important community asset for local residents.”