Mulberry Place leisure and retail development (Site 1)

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Daventry Town Centre Vision Site 1: Cinema development proposal

The Council is working with design and build contractors Willmot Dixon and architects Marchini Curran Associates on plans to build a new cinema and restaurants in the centre of Daventry by summer 2020.

The latest designs show how the 3-4 screen cinema with two restaurants/bars would be built on the current site of Daventry Library, which would be relocated to modern new premises within the nearby Abbey Resource Centre in St John’s Square. 

The Council is continuing discussions with a range of cinema operators and working with commercial advisors to help appoint a preferred operator for the scheme, with the option to build a cinema with either three or four screens, depending on requirements.

DDC is also working with Northamptonshire County Council Libraries Service to progress the Daventry Library relocation to the Abbey by April 2019. 

This scheme does not need planning permission, but building regulations will need to be approved before work starts in the New Year on transforming the ground floor into modern new library premises. 

Have your say on the cinema proposal

The Council is asking residents, businesses and community groups to give their views on the cinema proposals before submitting a planning application in autumn 2018.

The consultation runs from Monday, 15 October until Sunday, 28 October, and there are opportunities to view and comment on the plans during a series of open events at Daventry Library in North Street at the following times:

  • Tuesday, 16 October from 3pm to 7pm
  • Thursday, 18 October from 10am to 2pm
  • Saturday, 20 October from 11am to 3pm.

You can also find out more by downloading this cinema proposal consultation document

Once you've viewed the document, please have your say using the online form

The closing date for comments is Sunday, 28 October, 2018. Displays of the proposals are also available to view in the library and the Council's Lodge Road offices during the consultation period.



In May 2018 the Council approved a budget of £8.2 million to fund the development of the site north of Daventry High Street, known as Town Centre Vision Site 1 which will include a new cinema, bars and restaurants.

The Council decided to build the cinema itself and not to extend its development agreement for the site with Henry Boot Developments Ltd (HBDL), which has been unable to bring forward the larger Mulberry Place shopping centre and cinema development due to the scheme’s financial viability. 

HBDL will continue to focus on progressing the new retail park and hotel on land at Waterloo/Gasworks/Chaucer Way (known as TCV Site 5) which is also due for completion in 2020.

Find out about other regeneration schemes:

Site 5 Retail development

Educational facilities

Abbey Retail Park

iCon Innovation Centre

Improving community facilities