A major residential development at the site of a historic Northampton shoe factory has been submitted to West Northamptonshire Council. Plans could soon be green-lit as approval has been recommended ahead of a planning committee meeting on November 8.
Bective Works, a purpose-built boot and shoe factory in Kingsthorpe dating back to 1902, has remained vacant for many years and has been the subject of numerous planning applications in recent years. Developer Jardine Home Ltd are proposing partial demolition of the existing buildings to make way for 97 homes within the area.
The site contains 20th-century industrial buildings, comprising approximately two-thirds of the site, but are in poor condition after they started to decline. The remaining eastern portion of the complex contains the Grade II listed building, Enterprise House, with a more contemporary two-storey extension to the side.
Over the years the building has been split into business units, housing the likes of taxi firms, offices, retail space, and most recently a youth gym. However, all use of the space has now ended.
The 97 homes will be split into three distinct areas, comprising 65 flats in a contemporary apartment block, 11 apartments and townhouses in the converted Grade II building – and a further 21 terraced houses.
The terraced houses will all be three beds with the same internal layout, but the apartments will be a mix of one and two beds. The residential complex will include provision for 97 parking spaces, cycle stores, private and shared amenity spaces and pedestrian paths throughout. Access to the site would be taken from Bective Road, into a central communal parking area.
The old industrial site has seen many proposals for its use in its time, with an application to transform the former shoe factory into student accommodation approved in 2020 – under the now-defunct Northampton Borough Council.
The plans included the demolition of Bective Works to create 356 student flats, a central hub, and retail units but the plans never materialised. Developers have been submitting plans to transform the building into a student hub since 2011.
Approval for the 97 homes has been recommended by planning officers ahead of WNC’s north planning committee meeting.