Daventry shoppers put Asda on their retail wish list

An artist's impression of the planned development
An artist's impression of the planned development

Most people responding to a Daventry Express question on new shops at the Danetre Garage site want a new Asda store.

It was revealed two weeks ago that plans for ‘Site 5’ will now include two supermarkets, six new shops, a hotel, family restaurant, fast food outlet, and a new retirement development.

Readers responding to a question on which retailers they would prefer gave Asda as the most popular answer.

Monika Białas said: “An Asda with a normal/large clothes range plus a petrol station and a big car park.”

Sarah-Jayne Goodman said: “Asda would be great along with a petrol station, as it has clothes, toys and homeware as well as food which is what Daventry needs.”

And Michelle Brossard said: “Asda has good prices an food an a good selection of clothes a bit of everything for everyone really.”

Asda did not reply to a request for a comment yesterday.

However not everyone was in favour of the effect the new plans may have on the town.

Nigel Martin said: “Can you imagine the congestion around Ashby Road with William Parker, the UTC, and now a supermarket. I’d never get home.”

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.

The proposed plans will now be looked at this month’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 next November.

The new plan replaces the previous one for one large supermarket, one retail unit, and a petrol station.

The amendments were passed at a strategy group meeting last week.

Addressing Henry Boot, the council’s partner in the scheme, council leader Chris Millar said: “We have a wealthy hinterland so the retailers will do well and, as the town grows, the economic activity in the town will grow. Hopefully you can progress the scheme next year and you have the full support of the council.”