Plans to create 2,500 jobs take a step forward

Plans for a multi-million pound business park which could create up to 2,500 jobs have moved forward, but residents are set to oppose the scheme.

The development is a joint venture between Stanion Properties and Prologis and an outline planning application has been submitted to Corby Council.

The proposed £150m private investment scheme would provide work for warehouse workers, drivers, administrative staff and managers.

It is planned for a site between Geddington Road, the A43 Stamford Road and Long Croft Road, next to Eurohub.

The area was a commercial conifer plantation until 2006 when most of the trees were cleared.

Residents discussed development at the latest meeting of Corby Old Village Community Association and some voiced fears it would create traffic problems.

Cllr Ray Lilley, who represents the area, said: “The developers are proposing to build a roundabout, which won’t help. We need the A6116 Geddington Road to be made into a dual carriageway.

“There is already traffic congestion and residents are deeply worried that this scheme will make matters worse.

“The plan is for warehouses, which won’t do anything for Corby’s economy as most workers will be brought in from outside the area.

“We will be objecting to the scheme as an association and people will be lodging individual objections with the council.”

A consultant team was appointed to carry out an environmental impact assessment on what effect the business park would have on traffic, air quality, noise levels and the landscape.

Its findings have been lodged with the borough council in a report compiled by Birmingham-based urban design consultants Turley Associates.

Developers say the business park will be predominently warehouses, with offices and light industrial units.

The report says: “The proposed development will deliver new employment opportunities at a time when many major infrastructure and development projects are on hold.

“The scheme will deliver more than 2,500 direct and indirect jobs.”