Proposal to change hotel into new homes

The old Abercorn Hotel which could be turned into homes
The old Abercorn Hotel which could be turned into homes

A planning application has been submitted to convert the former Abercorn Hotel in Daventry into new homes.

It could see up to 15 new one- and two-bedroom properties built on the site of the hotel in Warwick Street if it was given planning permission.

A meeting of Daventry Town Council’s planning committee will take place tonight (Thursday) to discuss the plans.

The hotel – historically known as the Abercorn prior to a name change to The 101 Inn in 2009 – was opened in the 1970s but despite attempts to find someone to run it as a hotel for the past year, no one has come forward.

A supporting statement written by the applicant’s agents, The Roger Coy Partnership based in Eydon, said: “Unfortunately, like much of the “High Street”, through the recession traditional small hotels, primarily within residential areas, have experienced a catastrophic fall in custom which has left hotels such as The Abercorn no longer viable or able to compete within the locality and against the larger and better located franchise run hotels of which there are many within the vicinity serving Daventry. It is considered that the proposed development has been sympathetically and sensitively designed to contribute positively to enhance and preserve its setting within the predominantly residential area of Daventry.”

The plan would see the original two-storey building fronting Warwick Street converted into homes. The remaining hotel rooms at the rear of the property would be demolished, with a new apartment block then built.

Daventry district councillors representing the area have said they have no concerns with the plans.

Cllr Chris Over said: “As long as there are no issues with access for emergency vehicles or parking then I see no reason why these plans will not be given permission.”

Cllr Colin Morgan added: “I have been to have a look at the site and see what is being proposed and I think what is planned is far better for the area than what is currently there. I have heard nothing to the contrary from people in the area.”

Tonight’s meeting of the town council starts at 6.30pm at its offices in New Street.

The planning application will eventually be determined by Daventry District Council.