Plans have gone in to convert an existing Baptist church into five new houses.

image[1]The Grace Baptist Trust Corporation has applied to convert Irthlingborough Baptish Church and an associated cottage in Meeting Lane in the town into housing.
wants to create five dwellings which will predominantly be two-bedroom terraced starter homes.

A significant portion of the site is currently a graveyard so if the plans are approved, the graveyard would be overhauled and the graves re-interred.

Documents submitted as part of the application state: “The existing dwelling will not be affected.

“The existing hard and soft landscaping to the front of the property will be overhauled.

“The graveyard will be overhauled and the graves re-interred to provide a larger communal area for all of the residents.

“Each dwelling will retain its own individual courtyard garden.

“It is intended that the church retains as much of the appearance and fabric as possible.

“There is currently no vehicular access to the site and therefore no parking, however the building currently benefits from user class D1 and could generate far more traffic and parking requirements than the proposed additional four dwellings.

“There is also a large free public car park just over one hundred metres from the site.”
For more details about the plans, which will be considered by East Northants Council, search for 16/00524/FUL on the planning pages of the council’s website at

Source of article – Northants Evening Telegraph

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Rushden Lakes Update

Rushden LakesOver the last couple of weeks the developers of Rushden Lakes, LXB have announced that an eleven screen cinema, pre-let to Cineworld and a bowling alley will follow a few months after the shopping complex opens in 2017.

Originally planning permission was granted for a garden centre but this has been replaced with the cinema, bowling alley, climbing structure and cycle hire centre.

Further big name retailers have also been announced to add the already signed up anchor stores of House of Fraser, Marks and Spencer, H&M and Primark. The latest stores to sign up are River Island, New Look, Schuh and Fat Face.

Further negotiations are understood to be on going to attract other high street names to the complex which will also have numerous restaurant facilities.

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Richard James Selfie Competition Winner!

After 4 weeks of various selfie’s being submitted via our facebook page….we are pleased to announce that Cheryl Henson, from Higham Ferrers, was our winner! She was randomly selected from the entries we received. Here she is collecting her £100 John Lewis gift card from Richard Taylor, our director at the Rushden office. We also wanted to thank everyone for entering!


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The former garage site on High Street South, Rushden


For many years now the former BP garage site on High Street South in Rushden has been left derelict. It has now been cleared, but you may be left wondering what is going to be built there?

As your local property expert we always think it’s important to let you know what is going where! Planning permission has been granted to build 9 two bedroom apartments with associated parking. The planning reference number is 15/01801/FUL.

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Over £5,500 raised for Cynthia Spencer Hospice

Cynthia-Spencer-Hospice77621bc3-d3d4-4826-94a3-cc3fd24475d2[1]Last Saturday 19th March we sponsored a Musical Variety Night at the Spinney Theatre in Northampton to raise funds for Cynthia Spencer Hospice.

The evening was held in honour of Jenny Starnes who passed away at the hospice. Her family wanted to say a big thank you and raise awareness for the wonderful work all the nurses do.

The evening was a tremendous success with an audience of more than 400 people. The show contained singing, dance and comedy magic with music from many West End shows. Members of the audience participated in “Dial a Diamond”; this where a call was made at random to a mobile phone and the person who answered won a sparkly item of jewellery.

Sue Bownass, Community Fundraiser said: “the Hospice is very quiet without Jen about! She was always chatting to someone and singing around the ward! I think if she could, she would have got up and done a little dance too! I had the privilege of working with Jenny many years ago and it was an honour to be asked to host Jenny’s Moments (my last event for the Hospice).

Yesterday we attended the hospice  for the cheque presentation in the sum of £5,437.40. This morning this has increased to £5,505.40 after further donations.

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Budget Update – Stamp Duty

April1-400x310[1]Despite pleas and pressure from the residential property industry, the Stamp Duty surcharge that the Chancellor announced in December 2015 will definitely go ahead on 1st April 2016.

All second home purchases or buy-to-let property purchases will be subject to a 3% surcharge on top of the standard Stamp Duty.

The original announcement in December created a frenzy and scramble from Buy-To- Let buyers to find and purchase a second home before the surcharge is applied. Under current legislation the Stamp Duty on a £200,000 second home purchase is £1,500 and from 1st April £7,500. The influx of buyers from December to the end of February has led to a shortage of available property stock and consequently an increase in prices.

The property industry now waits for the fall out; will rents be increased to fund the surcharge, will prices re-adjust once more stock comes back to the market or will some landlords opt to sell up and leave the rental market, particularly with higher taxes for landlords being imposed next year.

The Chancellor has said the additional receipts from this will help to fund people getting onto the property ladder in the South West.

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Charity Concert For Cynthia Spencer Hospice

77621bc3-d3d4-4826-94a3-cc3fd24475d2[1]We are helping to support and raise funds for Cynthia Spencer Hospice in Northampton, providers of palliative care for 40 years to approximately 400 in-patients each year.

My mother-in law spent the last weeks of her life in the hospice and received exception care so my wife vowed to raise funds to enable the same level of care to be offered to future patients.

This Saturday, 19th March 2016, we are sponsoring a Musical Variety Night called “Jenny’s Moments”, organised and Directed by my wife Lora. The show includes song, dance and magic performed by many accomplished entertainers who belong to local theatre and drama groups. Songs from Mama Mia, Sound of Music, Oliver, Miss Saigon and Les Miserables are included.

The evening is expected to be an upbeat occasion with something for every age group and as of today more than 400 tickets have been sold. It is hoped that a figure between £3,000 and £4,000 will be raised for the hospice.

If you wish to buy a ticket please contact our Wellingborough office on 01933 224400 or donations are welcome at

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Richard James ‘Selfie’ Competition!

Throughout the month of March, we are offering you the chance to win £100 in John Lewis vouchers!
All you have to do is:

1) Take a selfie with any of our boards or offices (Our offices are located in Wellingborough, Rushden and Irthlingborough)

2) Like our page on Facebook

3) Send us your best Richard James selfie via Facebook

4) All qualifying entries will enter in to a random prize draw. One winner will be selected.
Only one entry is allowed per person. The winner will be announced in early April. The deadline for entries is Thursday March 31st.

You can find our facebook page at:
Please see the link below for more info:

Terms and conditions for the Richard James Selfie Competition
Good luck!



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Richard James: 74 High Street Rushden – Then and now….

At Richard James we’re very passionate about the history of our local towns. Our new office in Rushden is at 74 High Street and we were interested to see what it used to be! Our building and the one next door, used to be the Co-Operative pharmacy spread over both 72 and 74 High Street.

Here are the photos to compare! Big thanks to the Rushden Heritage Society for having such great information and vast volumes of photographs for us to look at.


Richard James Estate Agents at 74 High Street, and next door, Thai Seasons at number 72. February 2016.

Richard James Estate Agents at 74 High Street, and next door, Thai Seasons at number 72. February 2016.



Co-Operative Pharmacy in days gone by (we believe around 1955)

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Rushden Lakes Update

Work is continuing on the much anticipated Rushden Lakes development. The scheme will bring various well-known stores including Marks and Spencer, Primark and House of Fraser to the town. The plans for a 12 screen cinema operated by a major chain have also been submitted. Building work is expected to begin by the end of summer 2016. The area surrounding the lakes has now been cleared and the first foundations have already been laid. Roadworks are to begin soon. For further details check out the Rushden Lakes website here.


2852-10-Leisure site plans

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