Business leaders have launched an online petition to gauge public support for a new supermarket to be built on a town centre car park.
Wellingborough Council will soon consider whether a housing development or a new Asda should be built on Jackson’s Lane car park.
Wellingborough Chamber of Commerce is supporting the Asda bid on the basis that it would create about 500 jobs and provide millions of pounds for the council.
The alternative application from Housing and regeneration specialist Keepmoat includes 128 homes, including affordable housing for rent, a 200-space multi-storey car park and 4,400 square foot of retail units.
A planning application has been lodged by Keepmoat and the Government would grant the council a £700,000 new homes bonus if this development were to go ahead.
The chamber is urging people tohave their say by voting in a one-question survey launched on its website.
Alan Piggot, president of the chamber, said: “We believe this is a ‘no-brainer’ for the town. However, we are keen to seek the views of the people of Wellingborough.
“For us the option involving the 500 jobs is a clear winner.
“It would result in increased footfall to the town centre, more trade for our shops and also the jobs, which would bring further money into the town.”
Wellingborough Council, which owns the land, spent more than £1m of Government cash to build Derek Hooton Way, off Oxford Street, as an access road for the new development.
The supermarket option, led by developers Quora, would include the Asda superstore, office accommodation, additional smaller shop units and a 500-space car park. Quora has not yet submitted an application but the firm has made a formal offer to the council.
The Quora development would also include a contribution and investment to the community through a legal agreement under which developers would provide extra and improved amenities.
Members of Wellingborough Council’s resources committee are due to discuss the options at a meeting on Wednesday, March 20.
The papers have been kept confidential and the public and press will be excluded while the item is discussed.
The ultimate decision on the developer partner may not be taken until later in the year.
To vote, visit the website at www.wellingboroughchamber.co.uk.