A redesign of a major site for the revitalisation of Daventry includes two supermarkets, six new shops, a hotel, family restaurant, fast food outlet, and a new retirement development.
The updated plans are for ‘Site 5’ which includes the old Danetre Garage site on Warwick Street, the Gas Works car park, the site of the Braunston Road/Ashby Road roundabout, and the old outdoor pool site and car park.
Details were released today (Wednesday) by Daventry District Council, in partnership with its developer Henry Boot. The proposed plans will now be looked at by DDC’s strategy group next week, and then December’s full council meeting.
A planning application is expected next year, with retailers having a deadline sometime in the summer to subscribe to the plans. Work could begin on site as early as this time next year.
The new plan replaces the previous one for one large supermarket, one retail unit, and a petrol station.
The new food stores are smaller than the original one planned, but the larger of the two would still be similar to Tesco in New Street.
No details have been released by the council about who will take up the units, but DDC said it has interest from companies and that signing up firms for the food stores should not prove difficult.
The retirement development will be run by McCarthy and Stone, who are already advertising the development on their website.
DDC and Henry Boot had to go back to the drawing board after the supermarkets stopped opening big new units across the UK.
Cllr Chris Millar, leader of Daventry District Council, said: “These plans complement our town centre’s existing retail offer and will improve the choice available locally, so we can retain and attract new shoppers and compete with the larger centres of neighbouring towns.
“With an increasing number of people now opting to shop more frequently with ‘top up’ visits instead of the weekly trip to a superstore, the plans aim to reflect this modern-day living.
“These revised plans put a major retail development on the table for Daventry which, subject to all the necessary committee approvals and planning consents, could even be open for trading within the next two years.”
Councillor Millar added: “It’s no secret that in recent years the big supermarket chains have suffered a fall in sales and have been withdrawing from new store acquisitions. A new petrol station is now unlikely to be delivered as part of these revised proposals and we realise that some residents will be disappointed by this, but we hope they will welcome the increased mix of retail and leisure facilities.”