Canterbury’s historic streetscape is set for a major facelift if plans put forward by Godden Allen Lawn are backed by the city council’s planners.
We have submitted plans on behalf of the Trustees of St John’s Hospital to demolish a run of unattractive post-war properties at 41-45 Northgate and replace it with shops, almshouse flats and commercial flats.
The plans will also bring the development forward to meet the existing building line and improve the look of the streetscape, which sits within a conservation area.
Godden Allen Lawn is already responsible for the maintenance of the shops and flats owned by St John’s Hospital and has been carrying out a refurbishment programme on the charity’s existing flats.
Income from the commercial and rental properties allows the Trustees to fund the almshouses to the rear of the buildings in Northgate, and the proposed rebuilding scheme we put forward will boost revenue as well as smartening up the area for shoppers and visitors.
The existing terrace of three shops will be replaced by a three-storey development that will feature five commercial units on the ground floor, 16 commercial flats above the shops and 10 almshouse flats to the rear, overlooking the 11th century St John’s Hospital and incorporating land currently used as a car park.
“The scheme will protect the Trustees’ assets, provide new homes and shop units in the city, increase the number of alsmhouses available and improve the look of an important part of the city centre,” said partner Nigel Curtis.