Time to have your say on town development


A WIDE-RANGING public consultation will be launched into the future development of the town.

Daventry District Council’s (DDC) strategy group met on Thursday, October 11, to discuss the plans for the Daventry Settlements and Countryside Local Plan.

The meeting agreed the settlement document will go out to consultation for people to have their say on where new homes should be built in the town and the village.

DDC’s strategic planning and strategic health portfolio holder, Cllr Kay Driver, said: “The purpose of this paper is to provide an early opportunity for the local community and other stakeholders to comment on the issues to be considered in the Local Plan and influence how these might be addressed.

“Of particular interest will be the need to place villages within a rural settlement hierarchy to support the retention and provision of local services and facilities. What factors need to be considered?”

She added: “In addition the Local Plan must distribute the agreed rural housing provision identified in the Joint Core Strategy across the District - which is likely to be in the order of 1,355 dwellings.

“Aside from the rural areas the Local Plan must also seek to regenerate Daventry town and deliver the planned residential growth.”

The Local Plan will supplement the policies and proposals in the West Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy and covers a period up until 2026.

However, when a final document is approved by the council, it may not be implemented until February 2015.

The proposals include building an extra 4,000 homes in the north east of the town, a housing development on the Middlemore and Monksmoor estates in the town, community regeneration of the Southbrook estate, more shops in the town centre and improvements to public transport connections to Long Buckby rail station and improved facilities at the station.