Town council attack plans for homes on hotel site

Abercorn Hotel planned for demolition NNL-150401-112921009
Abercorn Hotel planned for demolition NNL-150401-112921009

Daventry Town Council has opposed plans for 15 new homes to be built on the site of the old Abercorn Hotel.

The decision was made following a meeting of the council’s planning committee on last Thursday which was attended by a number of residents.

The plans will see the frontage of the building on Warwick Street retained. It will combine a mixture of one and two bedroom properties.

However, it was the demolition of the one-storey buildings at the rear of the hotel to be turned into a three-storey building which was of concerns to the councillors. Cllr Mark Wesley said: “I am not surprised that there are residents here tonight. To me this looks like over-development of the site. The height of the building is going to lead to overshadowing and overlooking into other people’s properties. It is not acceptable.”

Cllr Wendy Randall said: “I have got really big concerns about the site. Especially with the overlooking on the site.”

Cllr Karen Tweedale added: “All of these houses look very modern to me, they are not at all in keeping with the houses that are currently there.”

The council has opposed the plans due to the height and density of the scheme, the loss of privacy, the increase in traffic, problems with access to the site and it being out of character with the street scene.

Seven councillors voted against the plans with no objections and one abstention.

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 recent attempts to find someone to run it, no one has come forward.

The town council’s objections will be sent to Daventry District Council, which will have the final say on whether the plans are approved.