Wellingborough Croyland Hall flats conversion backed by council

Croyland Abbey Croyland Abbey and Croyland Hall in Wellingborough could be converted into 15 apartments for rent

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Plans to convert two Grade II-listed buildings in Wellingborough into apartments for rent have been backed by councillors.

The £1m scheme to convert Croyland Hall and Croyland Abbey into 15 flats was supported by Wellingborough Council's resources committee.

Detailed proposals will now go to the council's planning committee at a future date.

The council-owned buildings have been empty since 2011.

The proposals should generate about £100,000 a year in rent for the Conservative-controlled council.

Croyland Abbey Croyland Abbey and Croyland Hall lie next to each other and are both Grade II listed buildings

Both Croyland Hall and Croyland Abbey were previously used as offices for council staff.

The buildings were left empty after the council reduced its workforce and running costs were considered too high to continue to use them.

Croyland Abbey was the local monastic grange from which the church estate of Wellingborough was administered.

Although the present building is Jacobean with later additions, architects have found visible evidence of the earlier grange in the present structure, some of which may date back to 1281.

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