Decision on controversial care home flat plan in Northampton due tonight

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A controversial plan to convert a closed care home in Northampton into flats will be decided tonight.

Hundreds of residents have contacted Northampton Borough Council about the proposals for the former Lakeview House, in Churchill Avenue, in Lakeview,

The applicant intends to install 28 flats, but neighbours have objected and are set to pack the Jeffrey Room at the Guildhall at 6pm.

Bernard Kelly, chairman of the Lakeview Residents’ Association, said: “The problem is that the flats will be affordable homes designed for single young people.

“The area is inhabited almost exclusively by elderly and disabled people and this plan is completely inappropriate.”

Papers for the meeting showed the residents’ association believed the plan in its present form would cause “noise and anti-social behaviour” and elderly people would feel “distress and fear”.

The property was previously used as a care home for 48 pensioners before it closed in 2010.

Previous plans by the same applicant, which were thrown out after a vociferous campaign and petition, would have seen the building transformed into a night shelter.