Fears over plans for large cold store unit in countryside near Finedon

An artist's plan of the new cold store.
An artist's plan of the new cold store.

A number of residents have aired their fears over plans to build a 45 metre high cold store in open countryside between Cranford and Finedon.

A pre-planning application has been sent to Kettering Council by a major national logistics company, for the construction and operation of the site within the Kettering Energy Park.

The Roundhouse

The Roundhouse

If approved, the building would be 45 metres high and 197 metres wide, with storage capacity of at least 130,000 tonnes of food.

There would also be offices, HGV parking, hard standing areas, refuelling and pallet storage.

Access to the site would be off the A510, utilising the current Wold Lodge Farm entrance.

A letter circulated to the Northants Telegraph and local residents reads: “The proposed site is on higher ground than surrounding villages and towns.

“Given that the proposed cold store building will be 45 metres high the visual impact, including environmental and light pollution, will be at an unnacceptable level in open countryside, significantly dominating the vista or villages, towns and roads in the vicinity and beyond.

“We are sure that you will agree that traffic movement on the A510 is of even greater concern.

“The 200-plus employee vehicles, and the addition of several thousand HGV movements, a year will only exacerbate the issue, especially as the site entrance is so close to the dangerous Roundhouse bend.

“Despite traffic controls that may be in place to use the A14 at Junction 11 as the main route to this development, we all know by experience the vehicles will also travel through Finedon.

“If you share our concerns or have your own, we ask you to urgently respond to Kettering Council by November 11.”

Robert Corney’s family home, the Roundhouse farm, is opposite the proposed site.

He says the application has saddened him and his family.

He said: “The Roundhouse farm building is more than 200 years old and holds particular interest locally, nationally and internationally as this is a building with links to our British history.

“We are saddened to learn that a cold store and significant parking development has been proposed.

“Not only will this be an eyesore to the natural beauty of the surrounding fields, it also affects the history of the reason to why the Battle of Waterloo memorial commemorative sign was put in place [on the Roundhouse].

“The history of the building is known to locals as the ‘Panorama Waterloo Victory’ inscribed on the building as June 18 AD. 1815.

“The house, known previously as an inn, commemorates the visit of the Duke of Wellington, the fact that he stayed at the house a number of times and that he mentioned that the panoramic view from the top of the house reminded him of the view of the Battle of Waterloo.

“I feel it would be a real shame for a part of Northamptonshire heritage to be ruined by an industrial building.”