Hundreds attend public meeting on resource recovery park

Residents at a public meeting in Gretton on plans for a resource recovery park
Residents at a public meeting in Gretton on plans for a resource recovery park

More than 200 residents attended a public meeting to give their views on plans for a resource recovery park between Corby and Gretton.

The meeting was held on Sunday (February 17) at Gretton Village Hall to discuss the proposal by Gretton Brook Estates Limited.

Developers say the scheme will generate more than £100m in long-term investment for Corby, creating 814 temporary full-time jobs during its 10-year construction period and 3,000 jobs once it is fully operational.

Residents raised concerns about the possibility of noise and smells from the park and expressed fears over the level of heavy goods vehicles to and from the site.

Corby councillor Rob McKellar, who represents Gretton and Weldon, said: “The meeting was extremely well-attended and throughout the two hours that it lasted I didn’t hear a single word spoken in favour of the planning application. The residents of Gretton, Weldon, Priors Hall and Rockingham are fiercely opposed to this planning application which, if granted, will have an extremely negative impact upon their lives.”

Cllr McKellar said developers’ claims that the resource recovery park would create 3,000 jobs were unsubstantiated.

On Friday (February 15) and Saturday (February 16) Gretton Brook Estates held a public exhibition on the scheme at Gretton Village Hall. It is also being staged this week at the Cube, in Corby.

Borough councillor Phil Bromhall said: “I spoke to the developers at the exhibition and they told me that they haven’t accounted for the extra traffic that a site employing 3,000 people would create when putting their application together.”

Last week Gretton Parish Council voted to object to the planning application, which has been submitted to Corby Council.

Public consultation on the plans will continue until March 4.