Plans to renovate New Street tennis courts axed

Tennis courts on New Street Park.
Tennis courts on New Street Park.
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A renovation of the tennis courts on New Street Recreation Ground could be scrapped after DDC’s planning committee refused permission.

The scheme, put forward by Daventry Leisure Centre would have seen the existing courts resurfaced and inflatable dome roof put over them. The dilapidated bowls pavilion would also have been replaced by new changing rooms and a club house.

But committee members rejected the plans over concerns the dome plus associated lighting and fencing, was not suitable in the town centre conservation area.

Luke Parratt, general manager at Daventry Leisure Centre, said: “I am disappointed by the decision, and I don’t think we will appeal.

“I am not sure if we will put in a new application. We wanted to so something that would increase participation and get more young people into tennis.”

Mr Parratt said without the dome to allow use in all weather, the facilities would not be available for more than three months a year, restricting the value to the community and limiting numbers of players.

Increasing the numbers using the facility is a key reason the scheme was attracting funding from Sport England.