Outline plans for housing on former swimming pool site in Northamptonshire

swimming poolThe article below was published on the Chronicle & Echo website yesterday.

Outline plans to build 27 houses where a swimming pool used to be have been submitted.

The proposal is for outline planning permission with all matters reserved for a residential development on the site of the old Wellingborough swimming baths in Croyland Road, Wellingborough.

Planning permission for the pool was originally granted in 1967, but the building was eventually replaced by the Waendel Leisure Centre in Thomas Street which opened in 2007.

The swimming pool was subsequently demolished and the site, which is currently owned by Wellingborough Council, has remained undeveloped.

Half of the existing parking area is in use as parking for Croyland Park and the remainder is blocked off by concrete blocks.

If the development gets the go-ahead, documents submitted as part of the planning application say the majority of the proposed dwellings would be two-storey.

The documents also state: “The suggested lay-out of a mix of detached, semi-detached and terraced housing will offer a range of accommodation in what is a desirable residential area.”

The entrance to the site would be the same as for the former swimming pool premises.

Read more: http://www.northamptonchron.co.uk/news/local/outline-plans-for-housing-on-former-swimming-pool-site-in-northamptonshire-1-7197554#ixzz3zJ1D4cYb

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Flats and new dwellings for former Rushden shoe factory


The site near the entrance to Allen Road, late January 2016

It’s now the start of February 2016 and the former Grenson’s shoe site, which was home to the shoe firm until 2013, is now rapidly changing shape due to the ongoing building works. Westleigh Developments Ltd are converting the the original Grade II listed building in to 20 one and two bedroom apartments. The 20th century extension and the north light sheds are currently being demolished and will make way for 47 new dwellings.


The Grade II listed building on the corner of Cromwell Road and Queen Street

If you’d like to read more about Rushden’s shoe trade, try checking out the link below for the Rushden Heritage website.

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Stamp Duty Surcharge Creating Pressure

images[3]The first month of the year has been one of the busiest in my career. We have received record number of enquiries from buyers registering on our mailing list, with over a 1,000 potential buyers now looking to purchase.

By far, the most popular enquiry has been from Buy To Let Investors who are keen to purchase a property before the 1st April deadline when a 3% Stamp Duty Surcharge is introduced, imposed on anyone buying a second home.

The demands of Buy To Let investors scrambling for properties has definitely pushed house prices up which has made the task for First Time Buyers even more difficult. We have seen investors outbidding each other in their quest to buy now and save Stamp Duty later.

Will the legal profession be able to cope with the demands to meet the 31st March deadline? Furthermore are vendors across the country fully aware of the risks of having a Buy To Let Investor in their chain and not being able to meet the deadline day? Should sellers avoid Investors and opt to have First Time Buyers in their chain instead, avoiding the pressure? Will chains collapse if all sellers throughout a chain don’t accommodate the demands of the Investor?

The Chancellor certainly has created an artificial frenzy by making these changes on a future date rather than announcing the change with immediate effect. However, these Stamp Duty changes are not a done deal yet as the consultation period ends today and the final details to be announced in the March budget. Could this turn out to be another red herring?

By Easter will houses prices drift as Buy To Let Investors temporarily walk away from the market leaving First Time Buyers to prop up chains? This may also result in properties being available on the market longer giving conventional home buyers more choice.

I feel we are in for an interesting February with more pressure being piled on mortgage lenders, sellers and the legal profession and hoping it won’t end in tears for some!

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Sellers Don’t Delay!

RAFThe presents have been unwrapped, the Christmas dinner is eaten and the chocolates are being passed round, so what next?… Find a new home for 2016 of course!

In our experience, many potential home buyers use the festive period to search for their next home online – so if you’re thinking of selling, don’t miss out, contact us today!

Sellers: Don’t Miss Out
Many people wait until the New Year to put their property on the market, thinking that most buyers will not start looking until after the first few weeks of January. However, many of the UK’s property portals report a rise in the number of people visiting their websites over Christmas.

Indeed a recent survey amongst Relocation Agent Network estate agents (including us!) found that nearly all respondents (87%) recommend that sellers put their house on the market before Christmas. And with nearly half of respondents (46%) predicting that there will be up to a 10% increase in buyers in January 2016, you won’t want to miss out!

Relocation Agent Network is a national network of independent estate agents across England, Scotland and Wales. Each member is handpicked to represent the Network in each of their local markets and judged to be – in Relocation Agent Network’s opinion – your area’s ‘Local Expert’.

So whether you’re buying, selling, relocating to another part of the UK, or just thinking about entering the market, contact us today.

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Our new Rushden office opens it’s doors!


Richard James are delighted to announce that our new office has opened right in the heart of Rushden High Street, in the unit formerly occupied by Entertainment Base.

We’re incredibly excited to be opening in Rushden as it will complement our existing, market leading offices in both Wellingborough and Irthlingborough. Every home listed will be marketed through all three branches.

In addition to this, our membership of the Relocation Agent Network which consists of 650 of the best independent estate agents across the country will further help us to reach more buyers than any other agent.

Heading up the branch is long term employee Richard Taylor who joins as Director. Richard has lived in Rushden nearly all of his life as well as being educated in the local schools. If you need any help in regards to buying, selling, renting or letting, give Richard and his team a call on 01933 480480. We look forward to hearing from you!

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New Rushden Office To Open

We are pleased to announce we are opening the doors of our new Rushden office next week. After trying to secure premises on the High Street on three previous occasions, we have finally taken premises at 74 High Street.

The office will be run by Richard Taylor who was raised in Rushden and still lives in the town. Richard has worked at our Irthlingborough office for almost ten years and has now become a Director to spearhead this new office.

We aim to offer the people of Rushden quality customer service with lots of communication and updates along with high standard marketing. As with our other two offices, we will be open seven days a week, open until 7pm on week days and will accompany all prospective buyers to viewings. Our quality service has elevated us to be the leading selling agent in both Wellingborough and Irthlingborough for many years.

All our properties will be marketed fully from all three offices as well as having the assistance of a further 650 estate agency branches across the UK, including 50 in London via our membership of the Relocation Agent Network. This level of marketing cannot be matched by any other local agent.

If you would like to talk to Richard of any other member of our Rushden team, please call 01933 480480. We will be happy to discuss our sales and lettings services with you!

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Richard James Named Best Agent In The Central Region By Relocation Agent Network!

Regional Central - Richard JamesWe are delighted to announce we have won Relocation Agent Network’s prestigious 2015 Best Agent Central Regional Award at the Network’s National Conference, held at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel, London on Friday 13 November.

The annual prize gives the winning Network member the title of ‘Best Agent in the Central Region’ and is awarded on a number of criteria measuring the agent’s overall contribution to Relocation Agent Network, their ability to achieve customer satisfaction and a proven record of helping relocating buyers move in and out of the area.

The National Conference culminated in an evening black tie Awards Dinner hosted by well-known comedian, Tim Vine, who announced our award win.

We are so proud to be named as the region’s best Relocation Agent Network member. This award recognises the fantastic team we have here at Richard James and shows our customers that we are one of East Northants leading estate agents.”

Richard Tucker, Relocation Agent Network’s Managing Director said, “Congratulations to all the team at Richard James. Their outstanding customer service, innovative business initiatives and commitment to our Network principles means that this award is thoroughly deserved.”

This is the fifth consecutive year we have won this award.

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Richard James Attending National Conference In London

IMG_7366We will attending the Relocation Agent Network National Conference on Friday 13 November. We will join some of England, Scotland and Wales’ leading estate agents, all of which are members of Relocation Agent Network, a national estate agency network. The National Conference will include a trade exhibition and black tie evening Awards Dinner.

Taking place at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel, the event welcomes keynote speakers including; economist Roger Martin-Fagg; top motivational speaker, Caspar Berry; Kevin Ellis, founder of new homes consultancy firm, Thomas Mae; and Nick Wheeler, the founder and managing director of Charles Tyrwhitt shirts.

This year’s official Conference Mobile App gives delegates the chance to network with one another in the lead up to the event. On the day, the App will allow delegates to take part in live polling during Conference sessions. Designed to enhance the ‘delegate experience’ these interactive sessions will produce results shown instantly on stage, providing real insight into how attending Relocation Agent Network members, like Richard James, view key industry topics.

The event culminates in an evening black tie Awards Dinner hosted by well-known comedian, Tim Vine. Tim will present a total of 27 awards to Relocation Agent Network members, including the most coveted Agent of the Year accolade.

How does Network membership help the customer?

The Network personally selects each of its members, basing criteria on quality of service, local knowledge and professionalism. Through its affiliation with Cartus, the premier provider of global relocation services, Relocation Agent Network members help Cartus move relocating families in and out of areas across England, Scotland and Wales. This offers Richard James customers an additional channel of buyer when selling their property. Through the ‘Referral Network’, members can also help their relocating customers by referring them to a fellow Relocation Agent Network member in the area they are moving to.

This year’s Relocation Agent Network National Conference is sure to give us lots of best practice ideas and innovations to benefit our customers. The event also provides the Richard James team with the opportunity to meet some of the UK’s leading estate agencies.

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Richard James Shortlisted For 2015 Best Agent In Central Region Award

Tim VineWe are pleased and proud to announce we have been shortlisted by Relocation Agent Network, a national network of selected estate agents, for the 2015 Best Agent Central Region Award.

The winner will be announced at a black tie evening Awards Dinner held at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel, London on Friday 13 November. The Awards Dinner closes Relocation Agent Network’s annual National Conference, and this year is hosted by well-known comedian, Tim Vine.

Relocation Agent Network’s 2015 Best Agent Central Region Award is an annual prize for the agent that has consistently made the best overall contribution to the Network throughout the year and offers nominees the chance to become the Network’s ‘Best Network Agent in the Central Region’. To reach this stage of the award programme, agents must demonstrate excellent customer service, innovative business initiatives and a commitment to the Relocation Agent Network principles.

We are delighted to be shortlisted for Relocation Agent Network’s Best Agent Regional Award. It really does highlight the team’s effort, commitment and enthusiasm over the last 12 months.

Richard Tucker, Relocation Agent Network’s Managing Director commented, “As a network of selected estate agents, made up of 16 regions across England, Scotland and Wales, our regional awards recognise those agents that truly demonstrate outstanding customer service and innovative business initiatives. Congratulations to Richard James for their well deserved nomination.”

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Amanda Smith Receives National ‘Employee Of The Year’ Award Nomination!

Amanda RANWe are pleased to announce that a member of our team, Amanda Smith from our Irthlingborough office, has been nominated for Relocation Agent Network’s prestigious Employee of the Year 2015 Award. Recognising the individual excellence of one person in one Relocation Agent Network member estate agency, award nominees are based across England, Scotland and Wales.

The accolade acknowledges individuals who go above and beyond their day to day tasks. Not only providing their customers with the highest levels of service, but positively promoting their companies in the local market, through initiatives such as local community projects. The winner will be announced at the 2015 Relocation Agent Network National Conference, being held this year at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel, London on Friday 13 November.

The event culminates in an evening black tie Awards Dinner hosted by well-known comedian, Tim Vine. Tim will present a total of 27 awards to Relocation Agent Network members, including the most coveted Agent of the Year accolade.

We are extremely proud that Amanda has received a nomination for Relocation Agent Network’s Employee of the Year. She is an invaluable member of the team, consistently going that extra mile to provide the highest service to our customers.”

Relocation Agent Network’s Managing Director, Richard Tucker said of the nomination, “This Employee of the Year Award nomination, sponsored by TM training & development, recognises the high calibre team that Richard James Estate Agents has here in East Northamptonshire. This nomination is a fantastic accolade both for Amanda and Richard James.”

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