Plans rejected to convert iconic Victorian buildings in Northampton into care home and 14 flats

Plans to build a four-storey block of flats on the site's car park were deemed 'visually intrusive and overbearing' on nearby residents

Tuesday, 16th November 2021, 11:42 pm
Updated Tuesday, 16th November 2021, 11:44 pm

Plans to build a new assisted living care home at iconic Grade II listed Northampton buildings have been rejected.

Proposals had been submitted by Rothal Court Ltd to part demolish and extend the Addison Villas at numbers 34-35 and 36-38 Billing Road into supported living accommodation for people with learning disabilities.

The applicant was also planning on erecting a four-storey block of 14 assisted living flats on a car park at the rear of the site, on Palmerston Road.

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The Addison Villas sit on the corner of Billing Road and Palmerston Road

However, the council rejected the application saying the development would be 'visually dominant and incongruous', 'visually intrusive and overbearing' for residents on Palmerston Road, and the loss of the car park would increase street parking pressures.

The planning application cost more than £4,000 for the applicant to submit to the council, according to planning papers.

According to a heritage statement, the buildings date from the 1880s and are in the Queen Anne style which was then fashionable. The architect was Matthew Henry Holding, who lived in Northampton.

The buildings were listed grade II in 1976. They stand within the Billing Road Conservation Area, which was designated in 2012.

A drawing of what the site could have looked like
The plans were rejected because the block of flats would be 'visually intrusive and overbearing' on Palmerston Road residents
An aerial view shows the grounds which the site would have covered