Retail plans: Everyone can have their say

A special planning meeting has been called to discuss two major retail applications which are set to re-shape Daventry town centre.

DDC’s planning committee will discuss the Mulberry Place and supermarket applications at a dedicated meeting on May 22, at 6.15pm at DDC’s Lodge Road offices.

Planning committee chairman Steve Osborne said: “These are probably the most important planning applications for Daventry and the district for the last 50 years.

“They are large and detailed applications. By putting them on a special meeting every councillor who wants to talk can. I want everyone who wants to say something to have that opportunity.

“It will follow the same process as a normal planning meeting, so members of the public can ask in advance to speak for three minutes.”

Work on Mulberry Place, which covers the car park to the north of High Street, is set to begin early next year.

It will see units currently occupied by Argos and formerly by Exit menswear demolished, along with the current library. The development will feature shops, cafes, a cinema and a new library.

The supermarket site covers land from the juncion of Warwick Street and The Hollows right down to Chaucer Way and Ashby Road. As well as a a new supermarket, it will include a petrol station and large retail unit.

Cllr Osborne said: “These applications have been a long time coming before the committee. I wish something similar had been done 30 years ago.

“If we left Daventry like it is then in a few years it will be the forgotten town in the area.”