Residents find out more about resource park

Ian Dudley, left,  chats with resident Jeff Ward at the public exhibition on the planned resource recovery park, near Corby
Ian Dudley, left, chats with resident Jeff Ward at the public exhibition on the planned resource recovery park, near Corby
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Residents attended a public exhibition on Friday (February 15) to find out more about a resource recovery park planned for a site between Corby and Gretton.

The exhibition was held at Gretton Village Hall to give people a chance to ask developers more about the scheme planned by Gretton Brooke Estates Limited.

It will also be open to the public on Saturday (February 16) at the village hall and there will be an unmanned display at the Cube, Corby, from Monday, February 18, until Friday, February 22.

An outline planning application for the park has been submitted to Corby Council and, if approved, the scheme would bring together businesses, industries and technologies, which would use the resource value of waste and renewable energy to support their enterprises.

Developers say the resource recovery park would generate more than £100m in long-term investment for Corby, creating 814 temporary full-time jobs during the scheme’s 10-year construction period and 3,000 permanent jobs when operational.

Jon Garvey, a director with JS2 Consulting Limited, said: “Some people have expressed concern about the woodland site and the environment and we have been able to reassure them with details of our plans for the area.”

As part of the scheme the developers plan to create a community woodland with glades, grassland rides, ponds and wetlands which will be open to the public for walking, cycling, bird-watching, picnics and nature trails.

Hundreds of people from Corby and the surrounding area have signed an online petition, started by borough councillor Rob McKellar, calling for Corby Council to reject the proposals.

They have expressed concerns over the loss of wildlife habitats, noise and traffic.

On Sunday, February 17, a public meeting is being held in Gretton Village Hall, from 3.30pm until 5.30pm, for residents to give their views on the proposals.