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.