Former restaurant in Wellingborough town centre to be demolished

31-32 Church Street in Wellingborough

31-32 Church Street in Wellingborough

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Members of Wellingborough Council’s services committee have given the go-ahead for a dilapidated building in the town centre to be demolished.

The committee met on Tuesday night and unanimously agreed that a former restaurant at 31-32 Church Street should be pulled down as soon as possible.

The council bought the property at the start of the summer.

The derelict building has been in need of repair for a decade and is pinned in place with scaffolding to stop it falling into the street.

It became unsafe when the former owners took out the bulk of the front wall to put in display windows.

The council stepped in to secure the building after it was recorded as a dangerous structure, but was unable to do anything further as the building was privately owned.

The property had attracted a number of complaints so back in June the council purchased the property, recovered all the money spent on securing it, and has now agreed to demolish it and re-use the site.

Chairman of the council’s services committee, Jon-Paul Carr, said: “This building needs to come down.

“Whilst it is now structurally stable and is no longer dangerous, it is beyond repair and is a real eyesore in a prominent town centre location.

“We acquired the property a few months ago so that we could finally demolish it.

“We could make much better use of this site.

“Now that approval has been given for the demolition, we can move to the next stage as quickly as possible.”

Planning permission is required to demolish the building as it is in the town centre conservation area.

Any planned demolition in a conservation area needs to be accompanied by a proposal for a replacement scheme.

Council officers will now begin a tender process to get quotations and appoint demolition contractors.

A planning application for the demolition of the property will be submitted, along with potential alternative uses for the site.