Plans to transform an empty factory site in Brackley into a housing development have been given the go-ahead.
A proposal to build 45 residential units, demolish existing structures and build a new access road on the former Bronnley & Co site off Radstone Road was approved by South Northants Council last Thursday. It is hoped construction work will start later this year.
The site was originally the headquarters and manufacturing site of the luxury Bronnley soap brand which moved to Brackley in 1952 and manufactured on the site until 2012, when it ended a 60-year presence in the town.
The site has not been in business use for more than six months.
Twenty per cent of the new development will be affordable housing, including one one-bedroom flat, two two-bedroom flats, six two-bedroom houses, eight three-bedroom houses and 28 four-bedroom houses.
There will be at least two off-road parking spaces for each residential unit, in addition to garaging for the large homes.
This will either be provided on private driveways or in private parking courts.
A planning report given to councillors ahead of the meeting said: “A further check of the housing register has revealed there are currently 56 households expressing a preference to live in Brackley.
“The redevelopment of this former soap factory for residential use is considered to be acceptable bearing in mind that this is a previously developed site within the town confines.
“There appears to be no reasonable prospect of this site being used for another business or employment use.
“It is acknowledged there has been no serious interest from the market acquiring the site for employment uses, and that the buildings on the site are dated and unsuited to modern business.”
The application received four letters of objection over concerns about the possible increase in traffic on Radstone Road and the density of the development among other issues.
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