Field not at risk in college homes plan

The college site off Badby Road West
The college site off Badby Road West

Northampton College has confirmed plans to sell its Daventry campus will not include green space used as a playing field off Badby Road West.

This follows a tense meeting of Daventry Town Council on Monday attended by 30 residents concerned the sale of the campus could result in development on the whole college site and playing field.

Pat Brennan-Barrett, principal at Northampton College, told the Daventry Express: “It is vital that we raise funds from the sale in order to be able to afford a new facility that will meet the training and education needs of the town.”

The college hopes the sale of the Badby Road West site, along with a £6.5 million government grant, will cover the estimated £13 million for the building in the town centre.

Mrs Brennan-Barrett added: “While we have a clear duty to achieve best value from this sale, we are mindful of the planning considerations and intend only to dispose of the part of the site where our current buildings and car park are located.”

The announcement could be a relief to residents like Steve Laws, who sees the land as a valuable community asset.

He said at the council meeting: “It’s a place where children play and people can walk their dogs round the field or sit and watch the sun go down.”

Other residents were worried about the number of possible new houses if residential development goes ahead on the old college site, and the affect this would have on local infrastructure and the road network.

Mrs Brennan-Barrett said: “A new college building is essential to improving the amenities available to local people, in a more convenient and accessible location.”