Brookfield Plantation documents will be freely available

The protest march last April against plans for a resource recovery plant at Brookfield Plantation
The protest march last April against plans for a resource recovery plant at Brookfield Plantation

Documents relating to the controversial Brookfield Plantation planning application will be made freely available online.

Corby Council planning officers had ruled that the documents about the proposed waste plant would only be available to view by appointment in the council’s offices or from the developer’s planning consultant at a cost of £10.

But the council’s chief executive Norman Stronach overruled the officers after Cllr Rob McKellar wrote to Mr Stronach objecting to plans.

Cllr McKellar said: “Local people have a democratic right to unrestricted access to this information.”

Gretton Brook Estates is seeking planning permission for the waste recovery park and a decision is expected later in the year.

Hundreds of letters of objection have been submitted to Corby Council along with a petition against the plan signed by 1,000 people.

Concerns have been raised by residents in Corby and the surrounding villages over the threat to wildlife, potential traffic problems, noise and smells from the site.

The company has already made changes to its planning application in response to consultations held last year.

They include a lorry watch scheme to tackle the problem of HGVs using inappropriate rural routes, additional cycling and pedestrian facilities, additional road improvements around the proposed site and a new woodland community group.