Plans to build block of "high-quality" apartments in Northampton given green light

"The proposed scheme will create a high-quality development which is in keeping with the character of the surrounding area"

Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 8:44 am
Updated Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 8:48 am

Plans to build 14 "high-quality" apartments in Northampton town centre have been given the go-ahead.

The site applicant, Cedarsouth Limited, received planning permission this month (March) from Northampton Borough Council to build 14, one and two-bed apartments in Broad Street, which is behind the busy Sheep Street in town.

In a design and access statement submitted by the applicant, it said the block will be five storeys high and is being built on a brownfield site.

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Drawings of the plans. The main pedestrian entrance is taken from Broad Street.
Drawings of the plans. The main pedestrian entrance is taken from Broad Street.

The planning papers say: "This planning statement has set out that the proposed development is acceptable in principle and would deliver residential development in a highly sustainable urban location, making most efficient use of a currently vacant town centre site and contributing to the council's five-year housing land supply.

"The proposed scheme will create a high-quality development which is in keeping with the character of the surrounding area and will protect the amenity of the future occupants. The proposed development is in a highly sustainable location and would also contribute to achieving modal shift towards non-car modes of transport."

The planning papers also say the site will not "impact upon the nearby heritage assets and conservation area".

There will be no parking for residents as the size of the apartments "are likely to have a much smaller parking demand than larger and family sized dwellings," the applicant said in the documents.

The site is located behind Sheep Street

Cedarsouth Limited added: "The site has previously been used as car parking for Cheviot House which was formerly in office use. However, an application has recently been approved for the conversion of Cheviot House to residential use, and therefore the site is no longer required for car parking.

"As such, a new residential development is proposed to complement the proposed change to residential use at Cheviot House."

To view the application, click here.

Broad Street where the site entrance will be