Plans were unveiled in February this year to build 201 student flats in the empty three-storey Debenhams building in the Drapery, Northampton. The proposals were submitted to the then Northampton Borough Council by luxury student property specialists, Zone. According to the plans, the building's three storeys would include a retail unit, bicycle store, bin storage, entertainment rooms, a lounge, gym, laundry room, flats, alongside study spaces and rooftop terraces, which will "allow views out across the surrounding town". A decision is yet to be made by the council to approve the works. Debenhams has been a presence in Northampton since 1952 when it bought the Adnitt Brothers store in the Drapery, rebranding it in 1973.

Here's a list of all the Northampton locations which are set to be turned into flats - in pictures

The locations include pubs, shops, retail units, flats, a care home, and an old shoe factory

Thursday, 29th April 2021, 3:23 pm

More and more shops, pubs, and empty retail units seem to be being converted into flats and homes across Northampton.

This could be due to the effects of the Covid crisis, which has hit the High Street hard.

It could also be down to West Northamptonshire Council s need to provide more housing within the town.

Northampton Partnership Homes, for example, unveiled a new strategy in June 2020 outlining its ‘aspiration’ to build 3,000 new homes in the town over the next decade.

West Northamptonshire Council also has its own plans of delivering 18,000 homes and the creation of 28,500 jobs this decade.

Over the next few years we should be seeing the completion of these homes.

So this newspaper has rounded up a list of locations where plans have been submitted or approved to convert units into housing.

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