Plans to convert former Rushden Hospital building into 14 homes could be approved next week

The former hospital site in Wymington Road, Rushden

The former hospital site in Wymington Road, Rushden

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Plans to convert a former hospital building into 14 homes will be considered by councillors next week.

The plans by Kier Living Eastern are to convert the former Rushden Hospital building in Wymington Road, Rushden, into 14 dwellings.

It is part of a larger development which will see up to 125 dwellings built on the site.

Outline planning permission was granted for the whole site in 2011, although the applicant has opted to split the site into separate development areas and has submitted several reserved matters applications since then.

This application is for full planning permission for conversion of the former Rushden Hospital building, known as The Old House, into 11 flats and three town houses.

If approved, it would have 20 resident and six visitor parking spaces, but the external appearance of the five-storey Victorian building would remain largely unaltered, with the exception of a new porch and replacement windows.

The original plan was to covert the hospital building into 10 two-bed units, but after reassessing the conversion and due to the constraints of the building and current market trends, the applicant is now proposing that the building is turned into 14 units rather than 10.

The building would then contain six two-bed, three three-bed and five one-bed units.

One letter of objection has been received about the plans, with concerns raised including the original outline was for 125 dwellings and this application would take the total number of units over that and the proposed number of parking spaces is inadequate.

However, the council’s officers have recommended that the plans are approved.

East Northamptonshire Council’s planning management committee is due to consider the plans at its next meeting starting at 7pm on Wednesday, November 25, at the council offices in Cedar Drive, Thrapston.