Concern at loss of Wellingborough’s green spaces

Wellingborough Civic Society is objecting to plans by Prologis to extend the Park Farm industrial estate
Wellingborough Civic Society is objecting to plans by Prologis to extend the Park Farm industrial estate
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A town’s civic society is protesting about plans to extend an industrial estate and the loss of green space.

Wellingborough Civic Society is objecting to plans by Prologis to extend the Park Farm industrial estate, and the extent of building on green fields and the number of solar farms going up in the countryside surrounding the town.

In a letter the society says that if Prologis is granted outline planning permission it will result in “the unsustainable building on ancient pasture land that lies between Park Farm industry, Mears Ashby village and along the Sywell Road, known locally as ‘The Mad Mile’ and demolition of Appleby Farm”.

The society is also concerned about the increase in traffic the development would bring, which they claim would heighten traffic problems in Isham village with an increased number of large lorries travelling along the A509 towards the Kettering junction of the A14. They say the impact on Little Harrowden village could be the same.

The letter recognises that the town needs new industry to thrive but not at the expense of green spaces.

In its planning brochure, Prologis states: “The preliminary masterplan has been designed to harmonise with the existing and proposed landscape features.”

It adds that the site will bring a significant number of jobs to the town.