Plans for a new school revealed in Daventry

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Plans for a new primary school in Daventry have been revealed as part of a planning application for 450 new homes.

This week developers Landform Estates lodged the planning application for the development with Daventry District Council.

The new two-form entry primary school, which would provide up to 420 places, would be part of the new Mickle Well Park development on land near to the Middlemore and Lang Farm estates to the north of Daventry.

As well as reserving land for a primary school, Landform’s planning application includes the commitment to provide land for community use. Earmarked for a community hall and medical centre as well as a local shop.

There will also be a landscaped public open space and woodland areas throughout the scheme, a trim trail for residents, play areas for the young and links to existing cycle paths and footpaths as well as walkways along the Grand Union Canal’s towpath, which borders the site.

Both Daventry District Council and Northamptonshire County Council have committed to the school’s delivery and the land for this will be secured through the Section 106 agreement to accompany the application.

The school would also be built within two years of the start of the development if the plans are given the go-ahead. Northamptonshire County Councl would then seek an academy sponsor to operate the new school. Erik Pagano, Landform’s managing director, said: “A priority for us in developing our proposals has been to listen carefully to local community views and a key concern has been the provision of community infrastructure to accompany the new housing.

“We are confident that our plans will create a friendly and high-quality neighbourhood that takes account of the issues that were raised by local residents and the interested public.

“For example, the new school will be ideally located to allow children from the site and the nearby Middlemore and Lang Farm housing areas to walk and cycle to school only a couple of hundred metres away.

“We are delighted to be able to work together with the county council to help make this land available for a new primary school.”

The developers have said there will be £6 million worth of investment in to the town including putting money into the Daventry Development Link Road, also known as the Flore/Weedon bypass. Mr Pagano added: “As well as making the land available to the council, Landform will be making a further financial contribution to meet wider education needs as part of an overall Section 106 package towards new local facilities and services of around £6 million.”

The Mickle Well Park project includes homes in a mix of apartments, bungalows and two- to five-bedroomed houses. This will include 112 affordable homes, around 25 per cent of the final total, and 24 fully serviced plots for ‘self-build’ homes to be sold to private individuals.

Orbit Homes, which is one of the largest private and social housing providers in the UK, is working in partnership with Landform on the scheme. This will help ensure the early delivery of both the private and social housing elements. It has estimated that more than 380 new local jobs will be created during the construction phase of the project.

In the lead-up to making its planning application, Landform and Orbit held extensive public consultation events,including a community planning day to gather views from the local community and create a vision for Mickle Well Park.

Mr Pagano added: “The overwhelming majority of people who attended these meetings understand that Daventry is a growth town and so most of their concerns were about the form of the development rather than the principle. They wanted to know what services and facilities would be available at the site and to tell us about the pressures they already experience with existing facilities. The issues of most concern were adequate school provision and the capacity of the GP clinics.”

“If you look at our plans, you will see that we have been able to respond to their comments and have created a high quality and low-density scheme that will help to solve Daventry’s housing shortage.”

The plans can be seen in more detail at a public exhibition to be held at the iCon centre in Daventry on Wednesday, October 15 from 3pm to 8pm.