Property plans given green light

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Plans to build 86 homes, including the demolition of a property and the conversion of an existing Victorian building into four flats, have been given the go-ahead by East Northants Council.

The plans for the buildings between Herne Road and Ashton Road, Oundle, were approved by councillors at a development control committee meeting on February 28.

Proposals include the part-demolition of a Victorian building, Herne Lodge, and converting the remaining structure into four flats.

Concerns had been raised that the appearance of the old building could be damaged by the renovation but Cllr Pauline Bradberry, chairman of the committee, said the council was assured the style of the building would not be compromised.

She said: “We have been assured by the developers that the conversion into flats will be sympathetic to Herne Lodge’s Victorian heritage.”

The site will have two entrances, with 56 dwellings served from Herne Road and 30 from Ashton Road with a barrier used to ‘impede traffic movements between’.

Thirty per cent of the housing will be affordable, which Cllr Bradberry said will be a good thing for the area.

The plans include four two-bed flats to be built in the conversion of Herne Lodge, 19 two-bed houses, 33 three-bed houses, 28 four-bed houses and one five-bed house.

The site, near the centre of the town, lies between Herne Road to the south and Ashton Road to the north. When the application was first submitted only 25 per cent affordable housing was proposed, but this was increased following talks with council officers.