Boyer London has secured planning permission under delegated powers for eleven high-quality flats in Northampton on behalf of our client, Wellington Pub Company.
The proposal, designed by KLA, involves the conversion and extension of a vacant public house. Northampton Borough Council cannot currently demonstrate a five-year housing land supply so this proposal will deliver much-needed housing in the borough.
Despite there being a policy presumption to protect community facilities, Boyer successfully argued that the loss of the pub was acceptable as the site was vacant, it had been extensively marketed and the pub had not been nominated as an Asset of Community Value. It was also demonstrated that the community would continue to be well-served by numerous alternative public houses and bars in walking distance of the site.
Whilst not a listed building or within a conservation area, the existing building is attractive and responds well to its corner position. As such, the proposal will retain and sensitively convert this building whilst delivering ten flats, alongside an additional unit which will be provided through conversion and extension of an existing garage.
The development will be a high performing and sustainable build with zero carbon capabilities. Biodiversity enhancements and raingardens will be incorporated into the scheme to provide further environmental benefits.
We are delighted to have secured consent and look forward to seeing the completed scheme. Boyer continue to work on a number of sites for the Wellington Pub Company throughout London and surrounding counties.