Burton Latimer business park plans ‘good news for area’

The land where the business park will be situated
The land where the business park will be situated

Councillors have approved plans for a new business park sandwiched between two towns in the north of the county.

The 75-acre site – the size of more than 40 football pitches – is just off junction 10 of the A14 near Burton Latimer.

It is also close to the site where the Kettering East development will be built – and just over 400 yards from the Grade I-listed Burton Latimer Hall.

Members of Kettering Council’s planning committee granted approval to the scheme at a meeting last night (Wednesday, June 23).

Developer Roxhill says the scheme could create thousands of jobs.

Director Kate Bedson said: “In response to market demand we have prepared a scheme for consideration by Kettering Council which is a mixture of office, industrial and distribution, with a petrol filling station.”

Insisting the plans would be positive for the whole area, she added: “It will develop upwards of 3,000 jobs. It’s a mixed use scheme and there’s not a lot of supply of anything comparable in the area.”

And she said that work on the site could get under way as soon as next spring. Roxhill says the business park will help to provide jobs for an area with a rapidly increasing population.

Christopher Groome, Burton Latimer’s county councillor and member of the town council’s planning committee, said the park would be beneficial for the town.

He told the Telegraph: “One of the great things about Burton Latimer is that it’s a very busy community. This will reinforce that.

“We are generally positive about it but we do have one or two detailed comments on it, particularly to do with access and the way sewage will be dealt with.

“We really are one of the workshops of Kettering. Given we are having a lot more houses than we were allocated in the Core Spatial Strategy for Northamptonshire it gives an opportunity for more people to work locally.”

Officers had recommended councillors approve the plans, which are for a maximum of 100,000 sq ft of office space, almost 500,000 sq ft of industrial buildings and 560,000 sq ft for storage or distribution use.

The development is subject to a series of conditions. Among them is that building work will not get under way until the green light has been given to improvements at junction 10 of the A14, the A6 and Kettering Road in Burton Latimer.

Although there has been little widespread oppostition to the scheme from within Burton Latimer, sources in the town said there were some issues which needed to be ironed out, including whether section 106 funding – used by developers to contribute to the communities in which they are building – could be obtained for town facilities.

There are also some concerns over the possible impact development could have on some residents nearby, including those who live in the Windmill Cottages in Cranford Road.

A public consultation event in which developers outlined their plans was held in March.