Plans submitted for six-storey block of flats on site of Northampton car dealership

The proposed 52 flats would be put on the open market for sale or rent

Monday, 8th March 2021, 2:08 pm

A planning application has been submitted which could see the site of a Northampton car dealership turned into a six-storey block of flats.

Tony Brooks, in Court Road, which provides MOTs and services for vehicles, as well as selling cars, would make way for the high rise building if planning permission is granted.

The application, submitted to Northampton Borough Council by Hinckley-based company, Catherfield Developments, details the building including 52 one and two bedroom flats, a 20-space car park, 16 bicycle spaces, two communal amenity spaces, a building plant room and a bin store.

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An artist's impression of what the block of flats would look like on the corner of St Peter's Way and Horsehoe Street.
An artist's impression of what the block of flats would look like on the corner of St Peter's Way and Horsehoe Street.

If approved and built, the dwellings - 31 one-bed flats and 21 two-bed - would be placed on the open market for sale and rent, aimed at people ‘working in the immediate area and public transport commuters’ due to proximity to the town centre and the railway station.

A design and access statement has been submitted by the developers, which provides more detailed information about the proposals.

The statement says: “The majority of the building is proposed to be red multi brickwork with stone detailing and a standing seam cladded top floor. All windows are to be aluminium with architectural metalwork balustrading, both coloured to match standing seam cladding.

“Through developing the Georgian architectural language familiar to many, the proposals has been designed to subconsciously appeal to more members of the public and be welcomed as an addition to the town of Northampton

The proposals would see the closure of Tony Brooks.

“Apartments have been laid out to take advantage of views out over the main highway and over the amenity space to the rear.

“Through the inclusion of large windows and Juliette balconies it is seen that these facades will show building activity at all times throughout the day.”

The proposed site off the roundabout for Horseshoe Street and St Peter’s Way is neighboured mainly by other single-storey, non-residential units, meaning the proposed development would be a lot higher than surrounding buildings.

The statement continues: “Although the proposal is higher than surrounding building it is seen that the neighbouring sites will be developed to a larger scale given they fall within a Strategic Development site as highlighted under the Northampton Borough Councils Central Area Action Plan and in the Freeschool Street area of the Northampton Waterside Enterprise Zone.

“It is seen that by focusing detailing of the building by including feature panels, stone opening surrounds, brick detailing and the first floor cornice, and reducing the building detailing moving further up the building, pedestrians and vehicle users attention will be drawn to the interesting ground floor, therefore lowering the impact of the building given it is the first of this scale in the area.

“The proposal has been designed to respect the neighbouring sites and allow for them to be developed to a similar scale without further constraints being created, for example no side windows or side vent openings etc have been included in the proposals design.

“At this time this creates a building that stands alone and out of scale to the surrounding buildings until future developments on neighbouring sites are brought forward to reference and tie in with this proposal.”

The proposed building line is set back from the existing boundary so a new pedestrian footway is also included in the plans.

Any comments on the proposals need to be submitted to Northampton Borough Council by March 25.

Full plans can be viewed on the council’s website here, where comments can also be submitted.

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