Green light at last for crêperie and flats plans

Narrowgate House in Alnwick.
Narrowgate House in Alnwick.

Plans to convert an empty listed building in the centre of Alnwick into a crêperie and apartments have finally been approved.

The proposals, by the family-owned Stablewood Group, for Narrowgate House, also known as General Lambert’s House, which is a grade II*-listed building, were submitted more than a year ago.

Since then, it ‘has required significant efforts by all those involved to get to this stage’ with the north Northumberland company working closely with the county council, Historic England and architects, Spence & Dower.

The main building will be converted into five flats with a further three residential units built in the grounds to the rear, while the basement would host the crêperie.

Vehicular access to the rear of the site can only be gained from Pottergate and the coach house and stable block will be demolished to create a wider access, more suitable for modern vehicles. Parking for 11 cars will be provided on-site.