Plans for former Northampton pub sites subject to anti-social behaviour set to get green light for housing redevelopments

Two sites of former Northampton pubs that have been the source of anti-social behaviour could be redeveloped as proposals for their redevelopment look set to be approved.

Wednesday, 29th August 2018, 8:50 am
Updated Monday, 3rd September 2018, 12:16 pm
Mike Kay (left), the chief executive of Northampton Partnership Homes pictured with William Jacobs as plans to redevelop the area around the Tanners pub were announced

The Tanners pub in Farm Field Court, Thorplands, closed down in January 2017 and will make way for housing after it was demolished earlier this year.

That development will also see a retail unit and another space that could be used for a takeaway restaurant or a shop.

Borough Council officers have recommended the proposal for approval by planning committee members on the conditions that 35 per cent of the development is affordable housing and that money is contributed to pre-school and primary school education in the area.

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The new layout of the Tanners pub and surrounding area

The abandoned Tanners pub was used by homeless people as a shelter and had been broken into several times, attracting attention from the police.

The existing 12 garages will be demolished and replaced by 10 new ones and new car parking spaces.

In total, there will be 11 houses and six flats built and the new shops' opening times will be limited from 7.30am until 11pm.

"It is considered that the proposed development represents an acceptable form of development and use that would also contribute to addressing the need for new housing within the borough," writes the council's planning officer.

The proposed development for the former Silver Cornet pub

"Subject to conditions, it is considered that the proposal would not have a significant adverse impacts upon the occupiers of neighbouring properties and any adverse impacts can be mitigated."

The second former pub site to be redeveloped is the Silver Cornet pub in Welland Way, in Kings Heath.

Subject to approval, 14 three-bedroom homes - which the council says will contribute to its five-year housing supply - will be built on a brownfield site that has been derelict for 11 years.

The two-and-a-half storey houses will be terraced, will have back gardens and will be laid out in three blocks facing outwards.

14 three-bedroom homes could be built on the brownfield site that has been derelict for 11 years

Planning officers acknowledged the site has been a "source of constant complaints to enforcement officers and Northamptonshire Police for anti-social behaviour and fly-tipping".

Northampton Borough Council's asset management team have objected to the plans because the authority owns part of the land and therefore cannot accept the proposal until a "satisfactory arrangement relating to the land" has been arrived at.

"The site is in an existing housing area within the urban area of Northampton and the principle of residential development of the site is therefore acceptable under the development plan," writes the planning officer.

"However, the council cannot presently demonstrate a five-year housing land supply and it is therefore necessary to assess the proposal against the presumption in favour of sustainable development.

"In this instance, the proposal would comply with the development plan and would result in the reuse of a brownfield site with associated social, economic and environmental benefits."