Plans to turn former Rushden print works into housing

The former print works in Rushden
The former print works in Rushden

A former print works could be be turned into housing if plans are given the go-ahead.

An application has been made for part demolition, part retention and conversion of the former Stanley Hunt Limited printing works in Rushden for 14 residential dwellings.

The proposals are to develop land at the junction of Midland Road and Station Road and turn it into eight three-bed terraced dwellings, four two-bed apartments and two flat-over-garage units (one two-bed and one one-bed).

Documents submitted as part of the plans state: “The scheme will improve a currently under-used site and create a development which will positively contribute to the public realm.

“It will provide good accommodation in close proximity to Rushden town centre and local transport routes.

“Whilst improving the use of the site the proposal will respect its neighbours in terms of overlooking, privacy and effect on daylighting.

“The use of sympathetic materials will ensure that the homes blend in with the local vernacular and make a valuable contribution to the local area.”

According to the plans, the site has been vacant for nearly two years.

The building was formerly occupied by Stanley Hunt Printers and previously the British United Shoe Machinery (BUSM) factory.

Tho documents state: “The significance of the site in heritage terms is therefore largely derived from the operations of two renowned and longstanding firms, which supplied goods and employment in the local area throughout the 20th century.

“However, this commercial use ceased in December 2015 and as such the residual heritage significance is now restricted to the physical form of the building ie. its architectural appearance as an interwar factory/office.

“This value is restricted to the exterior rather than the interior of the buildings and is only really significant in terms of the main building on Midland Road.

“The garage structures that formed the later extension do not have any particular heritage value.

“The proposals will protect and preserve this heritage value by actively retaining the building’s frontage on Midland Road whilst demolishing the less valuable rear elements.

“The key distinguishing features such as the red brickwork with stone detailing and the twin-pitched roof will be preserved to ensure that the site’s history remains appreciable.”

The planning application by Danelaw Partnership LLP will be considered by East Northants Council.