New plans to develop site of fire-damaged 19th Century building in Northampton

Fire damage at Wardington Court on Welford Road.
Fire damage at Wardington Court on Welford Road.

New plans to redevelop the site of a 19th Century building in Northampton that had to be knocked down after it was severely damaged in an arson attack have been submitted to the borough council.

The former Wardington Court site in Welford Road, Kingsthorpe, was targeted by arsonists in January this year and was demolished by developers MaCarthy & Stone a month later.

A spokesman for McCarthy & Stone said the company had revised its plans for the site as a result of the arson attack and had now submitted a new proposal to Northampton Borough Council to redevelop the site into 56 assisted living apartments.

The plans also include communal facilities for residents, car parking and landscaped gardens.

McCarthy & Stone is also planning to replicate two of Wardington Court’s original facades in the new building.

The apartments will be specifically designed around the needs of older residents, offering on-site care and support and promoting independent, active and healthy lifestyles.

In 2012, McCarthy & Stone held a public consultation about its original plans for 56 apartments and received 70 per cent support from the local community.

Darren Humphreys, regional managing director at McCarthy & Stone (Midlands) said: “We were very disappointed not to be able to proceed with our original plans for this site, which received local support.

“Our new plans have been very carefully considered and our revised design seeks to replicate two of Wardington Court’s original facades which unfortunately had to be demolished due to fire damage.

“There is a considerable local need for this type of specialist Extra Care accommodation for older people. Our proposal will breathe new life into this site and play an important part in contributing towards improving the housing choices available for local older people”.

The new developments would be staffed 24 hours a day, employing an average of 17 workers including a qualified estates manager, care workers, caterers, cleaners and gardening staff.

For more information about the plans go to or contact the project’s freephone information line on 0800 298 7040.