Changing the face of our town centre

Mulbery Place
Mulbery Place

Two huge planning applications which will change the shape of Daventry town centre will finally go before a planning committee on Wednesday night.

Both Mulberry Place and Site 5 applications, lodged by DDC’s chosen developer Henry Boot, are recommended for approval. However, a parallel application under conservation area rules to demolish old walls, the existing Argos unit, and in particular the current library building, to make way for the scheme, is recommended for refusal.

Mulberry Place will be a series of new shops, plus cafes, a cinema and new library, on land to the north of High Street stretching from the rear of the Dun Cow in Brook Street, all the way over to the Chapel Lane Car Park near the Moot Hall.

Site 5 covers land from the Vineyard Church on the corner of Warwick Street and Waterloo, right down to the Ashby Road roundabout, taking in the gas works car park and old outdoor pool site.

That area is set to have a new supermarket, petrol station and large retail unit built upon it, along with major changes to the roads.

Representations have been received from people living near both sites, questioning the need for new shops, and highlighting the impact on their lives.

Several High Street traders have also raised concerns over access to the rear of their units for both deliveries and customers.

The planning committee meets at DDC’s Lodge Road offices on Wednesday, November 20, at 6.15pm. The public can attend. Those wishing to speak on applications must contact Marina Watkins on 01327 302236 by noon on the day of the meeting.