Former Northampton pub with on-site barbershop set to become new flats

The Cuckoos Nest, next to the Good Loaf, is to be converted into flats after months of standing empty.
The Cuckoos Nest, next to the Good Loaf, is to be converted into flats after months of standing empty.

Plans have been submitted to the Guildhall to seek approval for six new flats at a former pub in The Mounts, Northampton.

The Cuckoo’s Nest pub in Great Russell Street, The Mounts – formerly the HQ – is set to become six one bedroom flats, which will be managed by a management agent or sold on the open market.

Papers say: "The public house has fallen into disrepair and has been unprofitable for many years - struggling to survive with several public houses in the area: Swan and Helmet, Charles Bradlaugh and the Bat and Wickets.

"The former pub was riddled with crime and closures and received much negative press for drugs and crime.

"The site is ideal for housing with the new developments on the street and will compliment the neighbour hood, bring much needed affordable housing and affordable units for working persons."

The site will be accessed from Great Russell Street with one entrance to all the flats and the rear courtyard will be used for a bin store and bicycle shed.

Back in 2015 landlady Breda O’Connor, said she was keen to try some quirky ideas to bring in extra custom and emphasised that the pub was to become family-orientated following a drugs raid at the premises in March 2015, which led to its temporary closure.

Under her management she brought in the idea of a special noodles-based menu, a variety of live music and an on-site barbershop.