Nosy visitors to Northampton tearooms will disturb our peace, neighbours claim

The stable block at Delapre Abbey
The stable block at Delapre Abbey

Visitors using the proposed new tea rooms at Delapre Abbey will spoil the peace of neighbours, according to objections from nearby houses.

The objection is to the proposed change of use of the part of the 19th Century stable blocks into the new site of the Delapre Abbey tea rooms.

Officers have recommended the plan for approval at tonight’s planning meeting, but papers show that people living in two separate addresses in Gardeners Cottage - as well Abbey visitors and also tea rooms in East Hunsbury, West Bromwich, Essex, Staffordshire and Hertfordshire - have objected.

Among other reasons, the neighbours believe the “seating area on the other side of the garden fence would encourage ‘nosy’ people” and so they would not be able to use their gardens for relaxation.

But council officers have rejected the objection.

In the planning papers, they say: “This has the

potential to cause some disturbance, however it has been specified that this area would only accommodate 20 people. Given that this area would only generally be used in warm and fair weather, with only this limited number of customers, it is considered that the impact of outdoor

seating would be limited.”