Mental health centre planned for Daventry

A NEW day centre to help people with mental illness looks set to open in Daventry.

Mental health charity Mind plans to build a new centre in the town to offer improved advice and support services.

The single-storey building is proposed for land between the houses at the end of Jubilee Road, the Hollow playing field, and the gas works car park.

Access will be from the current long stay car park, which loses seven bays.

The application has been recommended for approval by Daventry District Council’s planning officers.

The planning application says: “Mind’s Northampton and District facility, currently located in Daventry town centre, suffers with poor out-dated access arrangements and its facilities are in need of modernisation.

“The proposed development will provide more space and better facilities to accommodate the charity’s expanding collection of users.”

No objections have been raised by neighbours, although one points out nearby garden ponds support amphibians.

Archaeological work may need to be carried out due to the site being close to the historic town centre.

Mind is contracted by Northamptonshire County Council to provide help and information for people experiencing mental distress in order for them to live full lives and to play an active part in society.

The planned unit will have four parking bays plus one disabled bay on site, along with spaces for mobility scooters.

The gas works car park is set to be removed as part of the town centre regeneration.

The Mind plans show the site could eventually exit directly onto a realigned Braunston Road running behind the Jubilee Road homes.

A decision on the application will be made on Wednesday, April 25, at a planning meeting in DDC’s Lodge Road offices starting at 6.15pm.