Fire damage fix for 18th century site in Northampton

Part of the Hunsbury Hill Centre which was damaged by fire.
Part of the Hunsbury Hill Centre which was damaged by fire.

Parts of a Grade II listed building which were ravaged by fire late last year are to be restored to their original condition.

The blaze in part of the Hunsbury Hill Farmhouse, in Harksome Hill, Northampton in November, caused the roof to collapse and damage to be caused to the internal and external walls.

A planning application has been submitted to Northampton Borough Council to refurbish the Derrick Dunn Room, which is a detached building within the land around the farmhouse

The buildings are now used as the headquarters for Northamptonshire Acre (Action with Communities in Rural England), with other buildings, including the application site, used for commercial events such as weddings.

Papers which will be considered by the planning committee state: “In November 2013, the building suffered a fire, which has resulted in the complete loss of the roof and severe damage to the doors and windows. It is proposed to bring it back into use which, subject to details, is an action which is supported.”

The works would reinstate the outside of the building to its appearance prior to the fire.

New slates would replace those lost in the fire, with a completely new roof structure, as the original was destroyed by the fire.

There would also be localised repairs to the external walls; internal re-plastering, and repairs to the internal walls, which suffered smoke and water damage. The timber-framed windows and doors will also be replaced.

The borough council’s planning committee is expected to make a decision on the application by March 3.