Corby councillors have been invited to join a guided tour of the proposed site of a controversial waste recovery park before they make a decision on the scheme.
The invitation has been issued by Gretton Parish Council which has organised the tour of Brookfield Plantation, off Gretton Brook Road which will be held on Sunday morning.
Gwyn Morgan-Jones, managing tenant of the plantation for more than 30 years, will escort councillors through the woodland during the 90-minute tour.
Gretton Brook Estates is seeking planning permission for the scheme and a decision is expected later in the year.
The developers say the park, which will enable companies to use energy created on site from recycled waste, will create about 800 jobs during its 10-year construction period, with as many as 3,000 jobs once complete.
Hundreds of letters of objection were submitted to Corby Council along with a petition against the plan signed by 1,000 people.
Concerns have been raised by residents in Corby and the surrounding villages over the threat to wildlife, potential traffic problems, noise and smells from the site.
The invitation to the guided tour, which has been sent out to every Corby councillor, states: “To ensure that influential and key members of local government are fully acquainted with the area, Gretton Parish Council has asked the tenant of the land to conduct a guided walk through the plantation for all borough councillors and other key people to attend.
“This will present a wonderful opportunity for you to carry out your own evaluation of the area to the benefit of the electorate.”
Cllr Rob McKellar, who represents the Weldon and Gretton wards, has been leading the campaign against the scheme.
He said: “The nature walk is an excellent idea from the parish council to ensure that local representatives have all of the facts, and not just those presented in the planning application.”
Responding to concerns
The developers behind plans for the waste recovery park have put forward a raft of new ideas to address concerns raised by residents.
Gretton Brook Estates has submitted its response to objections to the plan, raised during a consultation process earlier this year.
The company is proposing a lorry watch scheme to tackle the problem of HGVs using inappropriate rural routes, additional cycling and pedestrian facilities, additional road improvements around the proposed site and a new woodland community group.