Business park plans move closer

A public exhibition at Old Grammarians Memorial Sports Field of the �150m proposals for Appleby Lodge Prologis Employment park in Wellingbroough. James Wright, Prologis vice president market officer and project leader for the Appleby Lodge scheme next to the plans.

A public exhibition at Old Grammarians Memorial Sports Field of the �150m proposals for Appleby Lodge Prologis Employment park in Wellingbroough. James Wright, Prologis vice president market officer and project leader for the Appleby Lodge scheme next to the plans.

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Plans for a new business park which could create 2,500 jobs for Wellingborough could be approved within the next few months.

Wellingborough Council’s planning committee is expected to make a decision on whether to approve permission for the proposed new Appleby Lodge employment park in Sywell Road by the summer.

Industrial real estate developer Prologis wants to build a £150m hub for business, with a series of employment, logistics and distribution buildings.

The development could create at least 2,500 jobs over the next 10 to 15 years.

Some changes were made to the initial plans following a public consultation in Wellingborough in February, including a reduction of the maximum building height at the northern boundary and further traffic mitigation measures in nearby villages.

James Wright, vice-president market officer at Prologis, said: “The creation of a new employment park at Appleby Lodge is a good news story for Wellingborough that would bring new investment and jobs and help deliver the growth needed to accompany the planned new homes in the town.

“We are grateful to everyone who took part in our consultation and have listened to what people told us to refine the final plans, making sure that the proposal we have submitted to the council is the best it could be.”