Chance to have say on new Brookfield plans

Campaigners have vowed to continue their fight against plans for a proposed waste recycling park on the outskirts of Corby as the proposals go out for public consultation. Picture by Michael Moralee
Campaigners have vowed to continue their fight against plans for a proposed waste recycling park on the outskirts of Corby as the proposals go out for public consultation. Picture by Michael Moralee

Campaigners have vowed to continue their fight against plans for a waste recycling park on the outskirts of Corby as the proposals go out for public consultation.

Residents have until October 16 to register their views on the scheme planned by developers Gretton Brook Estates for a site off Gretton Brook Road.

In August scores of campaigners held a demonstration outside Corby Cube before borough councillors agreed to delay a decision on the plans to allow time to consider new information submitted by developers and to give residents the chance to have their say.

Cllr Rob McKellar, who is campaigning against the waste plant, said: “It seems that the situation is even worse than we thought.

“The new information reveals that the developer is proposing not one but two waste plants plus a waste-to-energy generator.

“If the planning application succeeds, people living in Gretton, Weldon, Priors Hall, Rockingham and the Lloyds area of Corby will be subjected to both a biomass plant and a waste processing plant.

“This will not be local waste, but will be waste that is shipped in by the lorry load from miles around.

“Local residents are now more determined than ever to unite against the Brookfield Waste Plant and block this unwanted planning application.”

The revised planning statement, an environmental statement, non-technical summary and design and access statement are on the developers’ website at www.grettonbrookestates.co.uk.

A spokesman for the company said: “There will be no unduly complex or hazardous processes undertaken within the park.

“A stand-alone facility which only manages waste or materials from outside the park will not be permitted except in circumstances where sustainable links to other occupiers can be demonstrated.

“With respect to comments from Cllr McKellar that ‘waste will be shipped in by the lorry load from miles away’, the resubmitted documentation makes it clear that inputs for any waste facility will be sought from within a suitable catchment area in accordance with Northamptonshire County Council planning policy.”

Doug Wright is the managing director of Gretton Brook Estates.

He added: “Interest so far from potential occupiers of the park has been encouraging, both from local firms and further afield.

“This development will attract reputable firms to Corby which will deliver state-of-the-art facilities, generate substantial local employment and contribute to the economy of Corby and North Northamptonshire.”

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