Country Park plans set for approval

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PLANS to protect the western meadows of Daventry Country Park look set to be given the final approval tonight (Thursday).

Daventry District Council (DDC) will be asked to back extending the park’s existing conservation area to cover the meadows between the reservoir and Northern Way.

The move follows a campaign supported by hundreds of readers of the Daventry Express who signed a petition to protect the fields, which form an important part of the park’s ecosystem.

The idea was initially proposed by Cllrs Chris Over, Ian Donachie and Colin Poole, garnering support from Daventry’s MP, the Friends of The Country Park, Daventry Town Council and residents’ groups for estates around the park.

Following the overwhelming support from the public, and despite objections from officers, councillors agreed in September to fast-track the idea.

The report going before the councillors points out that not only does conservation status give the council greater control over planning and development in and around the park, but it also gives extra opportunities to ‘further preserve and enhance the area’.

The measure would mark the latest step in protecting the park in the face of the town’s expansion. The drive by the Gusher and residents to give the Country Park extra protection started in 2006, and led to DDC declaring it a local nature reserve, and then granting the initial, limited, conservation area.