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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
Controversy rages regarding the funding by Daventry Town Council (DTC) of Friends of Daventry Open Spaces (FODOS) - an organisation opposed to plans for the Daventry Canal!
Questions have been raised in the local press about the possible ‘illegal’ funding of FODOS by DTC to mount a legal challenge to Daventry County Council’s (DDC) recent planning applications for the WaterSpace and canal.
Last year DTC gave £850 to FODOS towards their legal fees, which the Council’s clerk stated could be challenged and seen as a possible misappropriation of funds. Despite this, the Council voted last month to give FODOS a further £1,500 towards their legal fees, subject to checks and clarification about how the money was to be used.
The legal fees are to be used by FODOS to submit an application to register the Eastern Way playing fields as a ‘town green’, in an attempt to thwart the efforts of DDC to turn this under-used resource into the WaterSpace terminus of the proposed Daventry Canal.
On top of which there is likely to be additional legal costs from DDC to fight the legal challenge by FODOS. All this unnecessary expense will have to come out of local taxpayer’s pockets.
Demands have been made by local residents for answers to ten questions:
1. Who are the individuals behind FODOS? This is apparently an unregistered organisation with no more than 10 members.
2. Does it have a constitution?
3. Does it have charitable objectives?
4. What is the registered address of this organisation?
5. Is this organisation politically motivated?
6. Do members of DTC have any connection with FODOS?
7. Have all relevant interests been declared by members of the Council in the funding of FODOS?
8. To whom are funds being paid?
9. Have proper accounting records been kept of how the funds have been used?
10. What ‘checks and clarifications’ are to be made by DTC about how the money is to be used?
Neither DTC nor FODOS have come forward to adequately respond to these and other questions that are being circulated over this matter.
Daventry Town Council (DTC) has turned down an invitation from Daventry Canal Association (DCA) to become members and trustees of the proposed Daventry Canal Trust, which DCA was hoping to set up in partnership with the local councils, British Waterways, landowners and other interested local organisations to help ensure that the proposed canal is developed in the best interests of the local community.
The decision to turn down DCA’s invitation to join the Trust was made at a Council meeting on Monday 12 September. Although numerous requests had been made by DCA to present their proposals to DTC the Association was not allowed to present its case.
The Town Clerk had made a recommendation to the Council to delay any decision until after the planning applications for the canal and WaterSpace had been determined by the West Northamptonshire Development Corporation. However, despite the Town Clerk’s recommendation, Cllr Lynne Taylor stated that DTC was opposed to the development due to be built on the Eastern Way playing field and Council members rejected the invitation to join the Trust, thus ruling themselves out of all future decision making concerning the Trust.
At the same meeting, and in defiance of the canal plans put forward by Daventry District Council, DTC decided to back a plan by Friends of Daventry Open Spaces to get town green status for the playing field to prevent any future development on the site. DTC has agreed to write to Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) to request that NNC launches an independent consultation into whether the Eastern Way playing field should be protected.
At last the details of the planning application for the canal have been announced by WNDC. For more information go to http://www.wndc.org.uk/planning-services/current-applications/search-planning-applications/ and search for planning application reference 11/0052/FULWND.
Daventry Canal Association (DCA) welcomes the publication of the plans and will be responding to the application with our views on the proposals for the canal. However, there is a large amount of information to be digested in a relatively short period of time. We welcome any suggestions and comments from our members and the wider community.
We support the plans as a means of bringing long term commercial and cultural vitality to Daventry, with the potential for attracting more visitors and generating additional employment within the area, particularly in the retail sector.
The planning application highlights the importance of canals to the Tourism and Local, Recreational and Community policies. Since the district has no natural water features of significance, the canals and their feeder reservoirs make a particularly important contribution to the character of the area and its attraction for tourists.
Parts of the reservoir and its environs have been designated as a County Wildlife Site, a Local Nature Reserve and a Conservation Area. The canal will serve to increase public access to, and enjoyment of, this rural area to the north of Daventry town centre. The design of the canal also ensures that it will sit appropriately within the existing rural landscape.
Expiry date for consultation is 29 September 2011.
Latest news from Daventry Canal Association
A well attended second general meeting of the Association was held on 15 August 2011. Welcome guest at the meeting was James Clifton, Enterprise Manager with British Waterways, who gave a short talk about his background and experience on several waterways redevelopment schemes, and provided some useful advice concerning the proposed plans for the Daventry Canal.
Chairman, Dean Hawkey, gave a presentation on the Association’s achievements to date, and plans for its continuing activities. One of the principal points for discussion was the proposal to establish a canal trust to acquire the land required for the canal, and to build the canal itself. Members passed a resolution authorising the management committee to look into the feasibility of establishing the proposed trust. It was also resolved to defer the introduction of a life membership subscription until the first AGM in March 2011.
The management committee was strengthened by the appointment of two additional committee members: David Cousins as Treasurer and Richard Saillet as Membership Secretary. The newly enlarged committee held its first meeting on 20 August with the announcement that the detailed planning application for the canal had been submitted that week by Daventry District Council to West Northamptonshire Development Corporation. Details of the application are eagerly anticipated, and the committee will then formulate a response to the application. Further announcements on this subject will be posted on the website when the details become available.
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