Hospital to be demolished

The demolition of the historic Daventry Isolation Hospital is to go ahead after a revised proposal for housing was approved by Daventry District Council (DDC).

The decision was made at a meeting of the council’s planning committee on Wednesday, October 8. Prior approval for building four two-story houses was granted to developers in February this year.

The developer submitted plans for three new house designs on three plots, along with plans for a house to be built on the site of the main hospital building to be designed to reflect the character of the isolation hospital, which were approved by council officers.

Plans to develop the site – which lies off Badby Lane between Staverton and the A361 and Newnham – have long been opposed by Staverton Parish Council. The main concern being development in relatively pristine countryside, and could pave the way for urban sprawl.

A report on the application states: “At the 1st July meeting of Staverton Parish Council it was unanimously agreed that the parish council objects on the grounds that this would become over-development of the site thereby contravening planning policy clauses.

Speaking at the planning meeting, Cllr Jo Gilford also registered her opposition and raised concerns over the height of the new planned homes ,which are nearly two metres higher than those previously planned.

“This proposal is over development of the site,” Cllr Gilford said. “Originally this application was for more two story dwellings. This is now a substantial self contained development.”

The former hospital was used to treat people from Daventry and surround areas who had infectious diseases like TB and scarlet fever.

It was used during World War Two as RAF admin offices for staff working in connection with the radio masts on Borough Hill. Post war it was also used by the US Air Force as a microwave relay.