Sunlight chimney demolished for new homes site

The site of the old Sunlight Laundry factory in Addington Road. now cleared for redevelopment
The site of the old Sunlight Laundry factory in Addington Road. now cleared for redevelopment

Buildings on the iconic former Sunlight Laundry site in Irthlingborough have been demolished, in preparation for a new housing development to be built there.

Persimmon Homes was granted planning permission to build 57 homes on the site on Addington Road in the town, and has since demolished the chimney.

Judith Potter, deputy managing director of Persimmon Homes (Midlands), confirmed the company is currently completing “remedial work” at the former Sunlight Laundry site in Irthlingborough.

Mrs Potter said she is hopeful that work will begin on the new homes in July.

She added: “The land on Addington Road has been left unused for several years.

“Now, after securing full planning permission from East Northants District Council, we are in the process of demolishing the derelict buildings and clearing the site in preparation for redevelopment work to begin.

“We aim to commence building work in July, to deliver 57 two, three and four-bedroom homes for the local market, and we are hopeful that these will be available for sale from the end of July.

“Persimmon Homes regularly regenerates brownfield or former industrial sites like this, and we look forward to transforming the land into much-needed homes for the local community.”

Dorothy Brawn, secretary of the Irthlingborough Historical Society, said it was upsetting to see such an “iconic” Irthlingborough landmark pulled down.

She added: “It was part of Irthlingborough life for so many years, particularly around the Crow Hill area.

“In the past many of the women in the area would have worked there part-time and everybody in the town would know somebody that has worked there.

“Also, it was a landmark. When people would return to Irthlingborough, as soon as they could see the chimney they would think ‘I’m home now’.”

Mrs Brawn added that the site was built in 1935.