Northampton residents slam plans for 40 new homes on sofa store site due to parking concerns

The Sofa King. Photo: Google Maps
The Sofa King. Photo: Google Maps

Plans have been submitted to demolish a furniture store in Northampton in order to build 40 flats with associated car parking spaces.

The demolition of The Sofa King of Towcester Road has sparked concern among residents in Far Cotton who believe the plans 'will put a higher strain' on limited parking in the area.

One resident said in a letter submitted to Northampton Borough Council: “There is already a lack of car parking spaces in this area so the addition of 40 flats with only 40 spaces for the new residents will put a higher strain on the already non-existent spaces.”

He questioned where their visitors would find the room park and added that he would support the plans if extra parking could be considered.

He added: “I agree that the site needs to be changed and is currently an eyesore, so if extra parking can somehow be accommodated into the plans then I would support them.

“I would also encourage the developer to try and incorporate elements of the Art Deco cinema design in homage to the original building. The plans show a boring block of flats.”

Tivoli Court

Tivoli Court

The Sofa King will be leaving the site at the end of February to make way for the flats named, Tivoli Court.

Another resident wrote in a letter: “Firstly I am a disabled resident and I am worried that the extra traffic involved in the construction of the new build has not been considered as parking is inadequate for the existing residents, visitors and people parking to use St Leonards Road's shops as there is only limited parking plus the new site visitors need considering.

“I live opposite the site in question and look directly into the proposed site from my second floor flat and feel that it would overbear onto my privacy as windows would be the same level as my living room and feel that the noise and disruption, dirt and dust involved in the re-development of this site will be unbearable.”

He added that developers should compensate local residents for this disruption.