Campaign to Save the Barn Owl

Cllr Hill + Chair

We were delighted that NBC cabinet rejected the recommendation to release the protective building covenant. Residents will be aware that the Co-Op has now opened. I am assured that legal work by the Borough Council continues to progress regarding the covenant. Working with Rectory Farm Residents Association we will continue to monitor the situation and update the community.

UPDATE- Northampton Borough Council agree significant settlement for release of protective building covenant.

Statement From NBC

Northampton Borough Council and Hawthorn Leisure have agreed a settlement providing for the release of a covenant affecting the former Barn Owl pub, which potentially restricted its use to that of a public house.

Hawthorn has agreed to make a substantial contribution towards a local community project in the form of a local facility for the residents of Rectory Farm, in settlement for the release of the covenant.

Cllr Tim Hadland, Council Cabinet member for regeneration, enterprise and planning, said: “This is a good result as it will mean that we can start looking at what alternative community provision might be made in that area.

“We’re pleased that both the Council and Hawthorn Leisure were able to resolve this matter amicably, rather than going through a potentially very costly legal exercise, enabling more cash to be put into the community instead of being spent on expensive legal costs.”

A spokesperson for Hawthorn Leisure said: “We’re very pleased to have been able to reach a good resolution to the dispute, especially since our financial contribution will be of benefit to local residents for years to come.

“It was always our wish to see the local residents benefit from the continuing use of a community facility following closure of the pub.”