New sports pitch coming

The current artificial pitch at Daventry Sports Park
The current artificial pitch at Daventry Sports Park

Daventry and its surrounding villages are to benefit from a new artificial football pitch set to be built in the town, which could be partially funded by the FA.

Although the plans are in the early stages, the pitch has been proposed for the Sports Park off Browns Road.

The modern ‘third generation’ artificial surface will provide a robust playing surface which can support heavy use. Grass pitches rapidly become worn out if used intensively.

Thus the pitch should support growth in people playing football.

The pitch plan mirrors one given approval by Daventry District Council’s strategy group last week.

That pitch will be built in Moulton to provide facilities for the eastern parts of the district. There the FA is putting in £350,000, with DDC funding the rest.

The council intends to use £257,000 gained from the urban expansion of Northampton, and hopes to gain the remainder through planning money given to Moulton Parish Council.

A funding package for the Daventry pitch has yet to be proposed, but a similar split in funding between the FA and local authority is expected.

Cllr Alan Hills, community, culture and leisure portfolio holder at the council, told the meeting: “Not only is there going to be a pitch for Moulton, but we will also see the benefit on Browns Road in Daventry.

“Browns Road already has some artificial pitches, but these are 15 or 16 years old, and the way technology has moved on I would expect these new generation of pitches to last 15 to 20 years.”

Both the Daventry and Moulton pitches require planning applications to address traffic and other impacts, which are yet to be lodged.