Planning Approval: 4 Apartments Under Class MA Irthlingborough High Street


Michael Langley


23, 05, 2023

Welcome to MLA Architecture and Development, your trusted partner for turning your property dreams into reality.

We’re excited to share our recent triumph in the world of planning applications under Class MA. Based in the heart of Northamptonshire, we successfully navigated the intricacies of the planning process to secure approval for an exceptional project – the conversion of the first floor of a former Tesco Express on Irthlingborough High Street into four exquisite newly built apartments.

Our dedication and expertise allowed us to harness the power of permitted development rights under Class MA, achieving planning approval in a remarkably swift 56 days. The project boasts a remarkable transformation, marked by elevation upgrades that include tasteful brick slip piers and the introduction of elegant traditional sash-style windows.

Internally, our vision materialized into two splendid one-bedroom and two comfortable two-bedroom apartments. These thoughtfully designed living spaces are a testament to our commitment to creating homes that are as luxurious as they are functional. We understand the importance of generous spaces and comfortable bedrooms, and our design reflects just that.

Situated within a conservation area, our approach was rooted in sensitivity to the historical context that surrounds the property. Our aim was not just to enhance the property’s allure but also to contribute positively to the charm of the high street’s frontage. This approach allowed us to secure a great outcome for all parties involved – a result that we are genuinely proud of.

Are you a property owner with unused commercial premises? If your property is centrally located within a town and shows signs of residential presence in the vicinity, you might be in luck. The process of transformation into residential apartments might be within your reach, provided you meet the following conditions:

Development under Class MA: Permitted under specific conditions.

Prior Approval: Before commencing development, you need to seek the local planning authority’s determination on the following aspects:

Transport impacts, including ensuring safe site access.

Contamination risks pertaining to the building.

Flooding risks in relation to the building.

Impact of noise from commercial premises on future occupants.

Conservation area considerations, particularly if the change of use affects ground floor space, and its impact on the area’s character.

Provision of ample natural light in habitable rooms.

Effects of introducing residential use in areas designated for industry, waste management, storage, or similar purposes.

Impact of development on local services, such as registered nurseries or health centres.

At MLA Architecture and Development, we’ve proven our ability to navigate the complexities of Class MA planning applications. Our success story with the Tesco Express project showcases our prowess in turning vision into reality while respecting historical contexts and regulations. If you’re ready to explore the possibilities of breathing new life into your commercial space, get in touch with us. Together, we can make your property aspirations come alive in the heart of Northamptonshire’s architectural landscape.

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Approved First Floor Plan Layout
Approved Rear Elevations
Visual appearance as Existing
Initial Feasibility Sketch Idea

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