First step to a new Daventry

Daventry High Street.
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Work on the first new building on one of the town centre’s key regeneration sites is set to begin in the coming week.

Contractors will move on site to start construction work on a new home for Daventry’s Mind mental health charity as regeneration plans for the town centre begin to take shape.

The new structure will be built between Jubilee Road and the back of the Old Gas Works car park.

Land stretching from the old Danetre Garage site, across the Gas Works car park and onto the Ashby Road roundabout and old outdoor pool site is then set to be redeveloped to provide a new retail unit, supermarket and petrol station, officially known as Site 5. The regeneration plans will also see Braunston Road re-aligned, turning right as you drive into the town, and running along the back of the current gas works car park – meaning the Mind building will eventually sit just off the main road.

The mental health charity is currently housed in premises in North Street which are set to be demolished to build a new leisure and retail development north of the High Street – known as Mulberry Place – by the Daventry District Council’s (DDC) development partner, Henry Boot Developments Limited.

It is hoped Mind, which provides mental health services on behalf of Northamptonshire County Council, will be able to move into its new home in August 2015.

Karen Buckby, chief executive of Northampton and District Mind, said: “We are delighted to be working with Daventry District Council on this project, which will further enhance the services we offer in Daventry.

“It’s in a good location for us and we’re really looking forward to moving in.”

Last month saw the demolition of the old Band Hall as well as the former Danetre Vauxhall Garage building in Waterloo as part of preparations for the development of Site 5.

DDCs economic, regeneration and employment portfolio holder Cllr Chris Over said: “Mind carries out a lot of important work in our community and we’re pleased to be able to start work on modern premises for the charity as part of our ongoing programme of regeneration for Daventry town centre.”