Empty garage in Northampton neighbourhood will be knocked down for new flats

The empty garage in Ruskin Road will be demolished to make way for 14 flats.
The empty garage in Ruskin Road will be demolished to make way for 14 flats.

A derelict Northampton garage is going to be demolished to make way for 14 new flats.

The borough council has granted full permission to knock down the empty Discount Tyre & Exhaust workshop in Ruskin Road, off Harborough Road, Kingsthorpe, and build a two-and-a-half storey accommodation block on the site.

An architects' sketch of the two-storey flat block. Copyright of HDA Architecture.

An architects' sketch of the two-storey flat block. Copyright of HDA Architecture.

The plans, which were fully approved in September, include room for 13 new two-bedroom flats and a one-bed maisonette, with 15 parking spaces and secure bike storage.

Developers Bauhaus Living have three years to demolish the garage and begin construction.

A report from the borough council's planning committee reads: "Whilst it is appreciated that the development would result in the loss of a commercial property (albeit one that has been vacant for some time), it is recognised that this is a non-conforming land use.

"It is considered that the principle of developing the site for residential purposes is considered acceptable."

It comes as part of a borough council quota to build 18,000 new homes by 2029.