At just over 94 acres, the Mickle Wood development is located to the North of Daventry on what is...
At just over 94 acres, the Mickle Wood development is located to the North of Daventry on what is presently agricultural land. The site is bounded to the West by the A361 – from which there will be one road and one pedestrian access - and to the south by the Grand Union canal tunnel. The site is located to the East of Middlemore and to the North of Lang Farm and Monksmoor and closes the gap between Daventry and Welton. The site comprises 450 dwelling, 25% of which are planned to be affordable housing. In addition, the plan includes 24 self-build plots.
The site provides for the much needed Primary school, that was expected when the Middlemore Estate was built. There was, though, significant resistance to the proposal at the planning stage although the plan was eventually passed in July 2015 after the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government accepted the plan.
The principle complaints by the Middlemore Park Opposition Group were: the aesthetic value of the site, and the less attractive viable alternatives; erroneous planning calculation which underpinned the need for additional housing and; the precedent that this has on further, similar developments. Welton villagers were similarly concerned about the expansion of Daventry towards their village.