Application for new college in Daventry to go before planning committee

The design for the new college building
The design for the new college building

The application to replace the current college in Badby Road West in Daventry will go before the planning committee on Wednesday next week.

DDC’s planning committee has been recommended to approve the plans for the replacement college – a modern two and three-storey building that will sit on the land to the right of the current access road, between the current buildings and the road.

Northamptonshire College has previously said the existing building in Badby Road West is too large and too expensive to maintain – having been designed and built as a comprehensive school and swimming pool.

The plans for the new college include three football pitches – fewer than are currently used on the playing fields.

Northamptonshire College has received £6.5 m from the Government for the new building, but says it needs to sell off a large part of the current playing fields for housing to cover the rest of the cost. An outline application for those 130 new homes has already been approved by DDC.

Sport England has objected to both the college and homes applications due to the loss of pitches.

Residents have raised concerns about the design and colour of the new building, parking and traffic on Badby Road West.

The planning committee is open for the public to watch. It meets at 6.15pm at DDC’s Lodge Road offices on Wednesday, September 2.