Development could create 2,500 jobs

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A multi-million pound business park planned for the north of the county will mean a 2,500 jobs bonanza if it goes ahead.

The proposed £150m private investment scheme is a joint venture between ProLogis, the UK’s leading provider of distribution parks, and local company Bee Bee Developments, which has permission to build more than 5,000 homes at Priors Hall, Corby.

Jobs created at the business park would include warehouse workers, drivers, administration staff and managers.

The park is planned for a site off Geddington Road, Corby and although proposals have not yet been lodged with the borough council, two consultation events are being held next week to give residents a chance to give their views on the development.

Simon Jenkins, senior vice-president at Prologis, which is based in Solihull, said: “It is really important to us to hear local views, and so I would encourage Corby residents to come along to these exhibitions and see these plans for themselves.”

If planning permission is given for the park it means a substantial amount of money will be made available by the developers towards the cost of the £36m link road between Corby and Kettering through Section 106 agreements.

There are also plans to improve Geddington Road, including its junction with the A43, and create a new roundabout.

Corby was picked for the development because of its strategic rail and road links to every part of the country.

The news will lift spirits in the town where three firms – Tata Steel, Argos and Eddie Stobart – announced in January they were cutting a total of 1,000 jobs.

Deputy leader of Corby Council Mark Pengelly said; “This is good positive news for the area.

“We welcome the proposal to bring 2,500 jobs to Corby and will listen carefully to people’s views on the development.”

Permission has already been granted for a rail-served business park on the site but the Stanion Properties scheme will be a road-based development.

Architects Turley Associates are designing the park, which will include warehouses and offices, to ensure that it creates an attractive gateway to Corby.

The developers are also keen to make environmental improvements at the park and surrounding woodlands.

The two consultation sessions will be held on Thursday.

They are from 10am until 2pm at Corby Cube and from 4.30pm until 8pm at Stanion Village Hall.

There will be an exhibition on the business park and members of the project team will be available to discuss the development and what it means to the county.

The news comes on the back of plans to create the £50m Rushden Lakes shopping complex which developers say would create 1,630 jobs and proposals to extend Warth Park business park in Raunds which could generate 1,500 jobs.