Employment park for Wellingborough granted outline planning permission

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Wellingborough Council’s planning committee granted outline permission for a new employment park a couple of miles west of the town centre.

The £115 million Appleby Lodge project, which will be just off Sywell Road, could create up to 2,500 jobs in the borough, ranging from warehouse staff, IT positions, customer services staff and office managers.

The application by logistics buildings provider Prologis had attracted a lot of opposition from residents living in villages near to the site, with a main concern being the amount of traffic the development could generate.

At a meeting of the planning committee tonight (Wednesday) councillors heard from 14 residents, as well as the applicant and a representative from the Chamber of Commerce, before making their decision.

During discussions, councillors asked for clarification about the amount of jobs that could be created, as well as access arrangements into the site.

They said there was still a lot of work to be done to get the project right, but that jobs needed to be created for the future and therefore the outline permission should be granted.

Eight councillors voted in favour of granting the outline permission, one voted against, and one abstained.

The next stage of the project is for Prologis to submit a detailed planning application, which will look more closely at every aspect of the development, including what it will look like, screening of the development from local villages, and measures to mitigate noise and traffic.

Work on the first phase of the development could start next year, with the whole project completed within the next five to 10 years.