Plans to turn Northgate House office block into flats pass first hurdle

Plans to turn Northgate House office block into flats pass first hurdle

Plans to turn Northgate House office block into flats pass first hurdle

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PLANS to turn a deserted high-rise office block into 50 luxury flats have been passed fit for development.

Northgate House, on the edge of Darlington town centre, will be put up for auction for sale to a private developer, who could turn the 1970s built tower into one and two-bedroom flats.

Croft Capital, the asset management company responsible for the building, submitted a change of use application to Darlington Borough Council under new Government legislation designed to boost housing development.

Under the rules the council could only approve or refuse development on traffic and transport issues, on site contamination risks and flooding risks.

The application was approved on January 31 and Northgate House will now be auctioned on March 24 as a residential development opportunity.

If the plans go-ahead, flats would be built on floors two to nine of the building, with parking for 25 cars on level one.

Rupert Maxwell-Brown, from Croft Capital, said: “"We are delighted that the Permitted Development Rights application has been confirmed by the council.

“We believe that the Northgate House scheme would be very well suited as a private rental scheme for an investor developer. We have therefore instructed Allsop to sell the property at their auction on March 24."

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1:47pm Sun 2 Mar 14

harry2 says...

Better than it been empty.
The town needs some affordable flats for rent , not that I'm saying these would be.

But do need it my son and s few of his friends all work but non can afford some of the reduculous rent land lords are asking., they would get better on the do.e most of them
Better than it been empty. The town needs some affordable flats for rent , not that I'm saying these would be. But do need it my son and s few of his friends all work but non can afford some of the reduculous rent land lords are asking., they would get better on the do.e most of them harry2
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2:29pm Sun 2 Mar 14

loan_star says...

Half a car parking space per flat. That will cause some problems!
Half a car parking space per flat. That will cause some problems! loan_star
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4:52pm Sun 2 Mar 14

Madadrian says...

There are two levels of car park in that building. If fifty flats are allowed then there should be space for 50 cars
There are two levels of car park in that building. If fifty flats are allowed then there should be space for 50 cars Madadrian
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4:59pm Sun 2 Mar 14

stevegg says...

Luxury flats! This isnt London we are talking about, its a commercial premises (albeit unused for decades) in the centre of Darlington in a run down area riddled with drug addicts with limited access and appeal, hardly the place people with money ae going to live I would think.
Luxury flats! This isnt London we are talking about, its a commercial premises (albeit unused for decades) in the centre of Darlington in a run down area riddled with drug addicts with limited access and appeal, hardly the place people with money ae going to live I would think. stevegg
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