Plans unveiled to turn Northampton town centre offices into 'much-needed' block of flats

The proposals have been submitted to the council for a decision

Monday, 10th May 2021, 1:58 pm
Updated Monday, 10th May 2021, 2:00 pm

Plans have been unveiled to turn office space in Northampton town centre into a block of 14 'much-needed' flats.

The proposals submitted to West Northamptonshire Council are looking to turn a three-storey building in St Giles' Street, next to The Ridings Arcade, into the 14 one-bed homes.

The flats would be based on the building's upper floors and in the yet-to-be-built rear extension, while the ground floor would be kept for commercial use - the planning papers do not state what type of firm could occupy this space.

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3D images of what the site could look like

The applicant, GLB Properties Ltd, based in Christchurch Road, said in the planning papers: "The proposed layout provides a high standard of accommodation."

According to the applicant, the scheme has identified a 'local need and will contribute to the council’s five-year housing land supply requirements'.

In terms of parking, the planning papers say it is 'likely many residents will not need private vehicles' given that they are in the centre of town and in one-bed properties. A bicycle storage unit would be available however.

There would also be landscaped gardens between the building and The Ridings Arcade which would provide a shared space for occupants.

The proposed shared space between the building and The Ridings Arcade

To view the application, click here.

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