New chapter for library

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HERE is the first glimpse of the new library planned as part of Daventry’s town centre redevelopment.

The artist impression was among several unveiled at a public consultation for the £50 million leisure complex at Mulberry Place.

The proposal by Henry Boot Development Limited also includes a cinema, restaurants, cafes and shops.

There had previously been a campaign to try and get listed status with English Heritage for the old library in North Street which was a former grammar school.

The man behind the campaign David Adams said: “The listed status attempt failed and is now a dead duck. I think that it is a shame for the people who went to the school.”

However Mr Adams has welcomed the new-look design.

“From what I have seen of the plans, they actually look good and if they come off, I think it will certainly be of benefit to the town.

“I hope it will all come to fruition but there are a lot of things that can happen.”

The retail-led development is proposed for land north of the High Street will also include a new supermarket, petrol station and additional bulky goods retail units.

A public consultation into the plans has now finished and the developers are pleased with the response from the public.

Alan Jones, development surveyor at Henry Boot Developments Limited, said: “The feedback we received during the consultation was very encouraging, with lots of positive comments, particularly on the cinema proposal for Mulberry Place and the supermarket and petrol station. Visitors were able to comment on issues ranging from the building designs and suggested materials to accessibility and parking and around 100 people submitted feedback forms.

Plans also include the development of the western side of the town centre stretching from Waterloo to Chaucer Way.

Mr Jones also added: “We will be reviewing all the comments we have received ahead of submitting the planning applications later this summer.”