Plans submitted for Rushden pet shop to be turned into flats

Pettifers Pet Shop in Rushden
Pettifers Pet Shop in Rushden

Plans have gone in for permission to convert a pet shop in Rushden into flats.

The application is for the proposed conversion of the ground floor commercial space into six flats at 216, Wellingborough Road, Rushden, which is the home of Pettifers Pet Shop.

The proposals are for five one-bedroom flats within the ground floor and a studio flat within the existing outbuilding.

If given the go-ahead, it is proposed that the units would be self-contained and the existing site and building access points would be retained along with the car parking area.

Documents submitted as part of the planning application state: “The proposal is to develop the existing ground floor, while making best use of the existing access points and existing window fenestration.

“It is proposed that each unit will have its own entrance door, which leads into habitable space.

“All units except one would have access via the car park area, one unit would use the existing access from Wellingborough Road.

“Each unit would have kitchen and bathroom, and most would have a separate bedroom, and all have living space.”

Before the site became a pet shop, it was the Oakley Arms pub which often had bands playing there.

For more information about the plans, which will be considered by East Northants Council’s planning management committee, search for 16/01087/FUL on the council’s planning page via