Go-ahead for new retail and leisure hub in Wellingborough

The plans for the site in London Road, Wellingborough

The plans for the site in London Road, Wellingborough

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Work will soon get under way on a new retail and leisure hub which could create up to 200 jobs.

The new development by regeneration specialist St. Modwen was approved unanimously by Wellingborough Council on Wednesday and will include a new discount foodstore, shop units and a drive-thru restaurant.

It is hoped work on the site in London Road, Wellingborough, will start in the late summer and Gary Morris, senior development manager at St. Modwen, said that names of the new stores would be confirmed soon.

He said: “We’re delighted that councillors have voted to approve this scheme, which will bring new stores and jobs to Wellingborough, to complement the town’s existing offer and regenerate this derelict site.

“We are in advanced negotiations with a number of major UK stores to open in the new development and hope to make announcements in the coming weeks.”

Mr Morris added that they had enjoyed a good working relationship with the borough council.

He said: “It is refreshing to work with officers and councillors who are so clearly focused on delivering growth for Wellingborough.

“We are looking forward to continuing to work closely with the council on the project and in the future.”