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.
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.
5. The Romany
The Romany on the corner of Kingsley Road and Trinity Avenue in Kingsley has been shut and vacant since the first lockdown last year, despite being a popular venue for live music and more for a number of years. At the end of 2020, Wellington Pub Company, which owns the site, then submitted a planning application to turn the building into 11 flats. Now the application has been given the green light and work can begin on the conversion. The main building will be converted into eight one-bed flats and two studio flats. The existing garage on the site will also be turned into a studio flat.
6. Most Marvellous Emporium
Plans to turn the former quirky clothing retailer into a block of student flats were given the green light by Northampton Borough Council in March this year. The shop, which is located at Orient House on the junction between Kettering Road and Wellingborough Road, will be partly demolished and converted to make way for a cluster of student flats, which will contain 28 bedrooms in total. According to a design and access statement, the proposals also say four existing flats above retail units next to Most Marvellous Emporium will be retained and used as part of the accommodation. The neighbouring existing shops on the ground floor will be split into two retail units, according to plans.
7. Glenside Residential Care Home
Plans were unveiled in April this year to turn a Northampton residential care home into 20 one-bed flats. Archway Real Estate Limited submitted its proposals to West Northamptonshire Council to convert Glenside Nursing Home, in Weedon Road, into 'high-quality' flats - seven of which will be affordable so as to meet council policy requirements. The plans also include a first floor extension to the rear, parking spaces to the front, and landscaped gardens at the back of the property. The building is not listed or located in a conservation area. A decision is yet to be made by the council.
8. The Tanners
Councillors on Northampton Borough Council’s planning committee unanimously approved the scheme to redevelop The Tanners site in Thorplands, which will see Northampton Partnership Homes (NPH) build on the land. The site, on Farm Field Court, originally consisted of the pub, which has since been demolished, and a small local centre including retail and takeaways. The NPH proposal will see 11 houses constructed, as well as six flats. The three-storey flat building would also contain two commercial units. One of these would be used for retail and the second would be made available for use either for retail or as a takeaway. The abandoned pub was used by homeless people as a shelter and had been broken into several times, attracting attention from the police.