Extended hours bid sparks controversy

Daventry’s new college has sought to extend its opening hours before it even opens.

The university technical college is under construction off Ashby Road and is due to open in the autumn.

When it was granted planning permission councillors agreed to restrict its operating hours to between 8.30am and 6pm Monday to Thursday, 8.30am to 5. 30pm on Fridays and nothing on weekends or holidays.

The application is to change this to Monday to Friday 8am to 10pm, Saturday 8am to 6pm, and Sunday 10am to 4pm. An application has also been made to extend the hours machinery can be used on site.

The proposals have caused worry among some residents, concerned about the impact of noise and traffic on the area.

Cllr Chris Long, who represents the area on DDC, said: “I regard this application to change the conditions of the planning consent as blatant opportunism with absolutely no regard for the interests of local residents, only for the benefit of the UTC and persons unlikely to be inconvenienced by the activity.

“The requested increase in operational hours from the original 47 hours a week to 74 hours (an increase of 57 percent!) without any assessment of impact to the local community cannot be allowed to go unchallenged.”