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New vision adopted for future of Daventry Town Centre

 A fresh vision to enhance and improve Daventry town centre over the next 14 years has been adopted by Daventry District Council (DDC).

Councillors voted to adopt the Vision at DDC’s final meeting of full Council last night (Thursday 18 March), and further recommended the Vision be adopted by the new West Northamptonshire Council, which takes over the running of council services from 1 April.

Some of the proposals contained within the Vision include:

  • Building a replacement leisure centre with swimming pools, a sports hall and tennis courts in the Chaucer Way/Brook Street/Waterloo area, known as the North West Arc
  • Working with the owners of Bowen Square to remodel the area, creating more outdoor seating and event space, with a small reduction in the number of parking spaces
  • Improving landscaping and introduce new play equipment at New Street Recreation Ground while exploring leisure options including a café, public art, a splash play facility and a multi-use games area
  • Redeveloping the Police Station and former Magistrates’ Court, and the current leisure centre site, in order to create two mixed-use developments
  • Redesigning Market Place to create an attractive space that can be used for markets and events as well as for parking
  • Rejuvenating High Street and Sheaf Street by removing unnecessary street clutter, repairing and improving paving, and introducing architectural lighting and high-quality planting where appropriate
  • Exploring options to remove or replace the canopy over Foundry Walk, and looking at the possibility of removing of the pagoda from the top of Sheaf Street to create a multi-use events space
  • Creating a sustainable transport plan to set out the long-term approach to integrating walking, cycling and public transport infrastructure
  • Launching a town-wide e-commerce platform to support and raise the profile of local independent retailers.

Daventry Town Council adopted the Vision at its meeting on Monday 15 March and will work with the new West Northamptonshire Council to deliver it.