Daventry District Councillors have approved plans to move forward with the next stage of delivering a new canal arm for Daventry.
The proposals for a two-mile stretch of waterway from the town centre to the nearby Grand Union Canal are part of Daventry District Council’s vision to transform the town into a new visitor destination encouraging tourism, leisure and economic growth.
At its meeting last night (Thursday, 27 July), the Council approved plans to spend up to £300,000 to prepare a Business Plan for the scheme.
The business plan would be subject to due diligence and examine in detail the option of delivering a first section of canal costing £8.71million. A final decision on whether to proceed with spending this money will not be made until the Business Plan returns to a future Council meeting for consideration.
Funding identified from the Council’s budgets for the canal project is capital money, used to invest in land and property and separate to that spent on the day-to-day running of services. If investment for a first section is approved in the future, the £8.71m would be gradually reimbursed to the Council through the Community Infrastructure Levy planning charges paid by developers of new housing to fund local infrastructure projects – and potentially other external funding sources.
At last night’s meeting the Council also agreed to seek planning permission for an inclined plane boat lift on the canal as an alternative to locks.
Councillor Colin Poole, DDC’s Economic, Regeneration and Employment Portfolio Holder said: “This latest decision by councillors demonstrates the Council’s long-term commitment to building a new destination canal arm. It enables us to move forward with preparing a business plan for Council to then make a final investment decision.
“Work is continuing behind the scenes towards securing the external funding needed to deliver the entire canal and we need to demonstrate to potential investors that we are prepared to match-fund the project with capital money if required.
“Towns need a unique offer to compete with others and attract more visitors, businesses and investment – Daventry’s lies in its key location in a District at the heart of the waterways network. The canal will lead to a vibrant water space destination in the centre of Daventry including retail and leisure outlets such as bars and restaurants.”
The Daventry Canal Arm is one of the projects contained with the well-established Daventry Town Centre Vision which was adopted by the Council in 2004 to regenerate and grow the town centre for the benefit of the local community, businesses and organisations in the face of significant future growth.
The proposed two-mile stretch of canal and parkland would provide a valuable piece of green infrastructure offering valuable wildlife habitat and recreational space for local residents, workers and visitors. It will link to a new Waterspace development with mooring facilities and services off Eastern Way, Daventry, blending leisure, offices and housing.
Dean Hawkey, a local Daventry resident and Chairman of Daventry Canal Association which is supporting the proposals, said: “This latest step by the Council is encouraging news. As a narrowboat owner who has travelled extensively for more than ten years, I have seen how canal boating has become a massive leisure industry, with thousands of boats in the Daventry area.
“There are many examples of towns that have benefitted from the existence of a canal and Daventry can create a truly 21st century destination, not just a redevelopment of an old canal facility.
“If the town centre waterspace is developed to a high standard, I believe it will be a major success, encouraging further investment by businesses, attracting visitors to our shops, and tourists to our hotels and restaurants. To do nothing will condemn Daventry to many more years of stagnation.”
Full planning permission for the canal was granted in January this year and the permission is valid for 3 years.
Check out our fantastic Daventry Canal poster at www.daventrycanal.org.uk. Copies of the poster casn be purchased from the link on the website.
The Daventry Canal Association will be at the Crick Boat Show this year. Look out for us on Stand V65, alongside Daventry District Council 'Love Daventry'.
The March issue of Waterways World contains a good write-up on the granting of planning permission for the Daventry Canal Arm. If you haven't read it yet the article is reproduced here with the kind permission of Waterways World.
Planning permission was granted on Wednesday, 11th January 2017 for the Daventry canal arm, linking the town to the Grand Union Canal.
Only one speaker for the proposal, and one speaker against, were permitted to speak for three minutes.
Dean Hawkey, Chairman of Daventry Canal Association spoke in favour of the planning application.
The planning application was eventually approved by a majority of 9 to 2.
Read more at: http://www.daventryexpress.co.uk/news/daventry-canal-arm-proposals-given-planning-approval-1-7768758
The Planning Committee meeting to approve the Daventry Canal Arm takes place in the Council Chamber in DDC’s Lodge Road offices at 6.15pm on Wednesday, January 11, 2017. A copy of the notice and agenda is attached.
This is a very important meeting to seek planning approval for the canal arm.
Dean Hawkey, Chairman of Daventry Canal Association, will be speaking at the planning meeting in favour of the canal arm, and would welcome your support at the meeting.
Please make every effort to attend.
The planning application meeting to consider the Canal Arm is provisionally booked for Wednesday, 11th January 2017, at 6.15 pm.
If you are able to attend to give your moral support, please do so, but there is also still time to write to the Case Officer, Steve Ellis (email@example.com) to have your say, and show your support for the canal arm.
The planning application and supporting documents can be viewed on the DDC website at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/planningsearch, under the reference 11/0052/FULWND.
Have your say regarding the proposed Daventry North East - Sustainable Urban Extension. Previously known as the Church Fields development.
This is the plan to build 4,000 new homes and related infrastructure on the North Eastern side of Daventry Country Park. Included in the plan is a green corridor to accommodate the canal arm to act as a green buffer between the development site and the country park.
Daventry Canal Association (DCA) understands that the landowners will be willing to donate the corridor of land for the canal as a condition of the sale. For their part, the developers will consider a section 106 agreement to fund the building of the canal arm.
Without the canal, development could be built right up to the edge of the country park.
DCA urges you to support the planned development to include the canal arm.
Follow this link: http: www.daventrynortheast.co.uk/to ensure that your voice is heard.
After 5 years of inactivity, Daventry District Council (DDC) finally announced at the beginning of 2016 that it was providing £110,000 for a feasibility study to design a boat-lift for the proposed canal arm. DDC believes that the canal will act as a catalyst for regeneration in the town, with the boat-lift becoming a tourist attraction in its own right.
'Daventry Can' is the possitive message we want to send about the future of Daventry Canal