Plans for a major student accommodation scheme in Northampton have been approved.
U3 Developments Limited are behind the application for the 356 bed scheme at Bective Works, Bective Road.
The proposal comprises of 6 blocks (A-F). Blocks A-D would form one building, appearing as a three storey terrace row. Blocks E and F would form one three storey building.
Across the blocks there would be 107 separate flats consisting of 35 single studio flats, 9 twodio flats, 7 accessible flats, 12 single person flats, 2 four bed cluster flats, 12 five bed cluster flats, 10 six bed cluster flats, 10 seven bed cluster flats, 4 eight bed cluster flats and 6 nine bed cluster flats.
The application site includes the grade II listed Abraham Lee boot and shoe factory dating from 1902. As part of the development, the listed building would be converted into an ancillary student hub and retail units.
A basement car park is also proposed, with 36 parking spaces.
A council document release ahead of the decision on the scheme reads: “The proposed development represents an acceptable land use and would not have a significant adverse impact upon the character and appearance of the surrounding area, neighbour amenity, the highway system, crime and safety. Whilst there would be some harm to the historic environment, this would not be significant and would be outweighed by the public benefits of the scheme.”