Flats set for big revamp if plans get green light

An artist's impression of what Diana House could look like after the revamp
An artist's impression of what Diana House could look like after the revamp

Two dated blocks of flats in Wellingborough could be set for a major overhaul if a multi-million pound proposal is given the go-ahead.

Wellingborough Homes is planning an extensive refurbishment of Diana House and Sylvanus House, on Kiln Way and Minerva Way, and proposals suggest the flats will look “dramatically different”.

The not-for-profit housing association is hoping that the major investment could help transform the surrounding area on the Queensway estate.

Byron Pountney, contract manager at Wellingborough Homes, said: “This will be a major refurbishment and regeneration scheme for the area, improving homes not just for the benefit of residents in the flats but also for the wider community.”

Work will involve gutting the existing 72 one-bedroom flats in Sylvanus House and Diana House and re-modelling them to create a mix of one and two-bedroom apartments.

If plans are given the go-ahead it is hoped work on the flats will begin in July and when work is taking place residents will be moved to alternative accommodation.

Mr Pountney added: “We will be stripping the properties back to the bare shell, then re-modelling them. They will be completely re-fitted out with extra insulation, new heating, bathrooms and kitchens to create desirable, up-to-date homes.

“The outside of the flats will also transform the surrounding area – it will be re-landscaped to create a more open, inviting and welcoming feel to the place and help reduce the risk of anti-social behaviour.

“We are working with the five leaseholders who have purchased flats within the blocks in a variety of ways to accommodate their needs and make the process as smooth as we can.”

A decision on the proposal was set to be made by a Wellingborough Council planning committee on Wednesday night. However, the meeting has been delayed until February 27 because a committee viewing of the sites on Tuesday was cancelled due to the bad weather. A new site visit will take place on February 26.