The developers behind a planned £150 million business park on the outskirts of Wellingborough hosted a public exhibition at the Wellingborough Old Grammarians Memorial Field today (Saturday) to give people a chance to see the scheme.
Prologis, who operate logistics and warehouse sites all over the UK, want to create a business and employment park at Appleby Lodge, off Sywell Road, which the firm says will create about 2,500 jobs over the next ten to 15 years.
Dozens of people went along to the exhibition at the Old Grammarians Memorial Field to speak to representatives from the company.
Project leader and Prologis’ vice president marketing officer James Wright said he had been ‘surprised and delighted’ at the response.
He added: “We had aimed to start at 11am but opened the doors early at 10.30am and there were already people waiting to come in and see the plans. We had a steady stream of people from then on.”
Mr Wright said Prologis held the event to get views from residents.
He added: “We are willing to listen. Someone, for example, asked why we hadn’t included a land bund on the western edge of the plans to shield the warehouses from view – and that was a really good idea.
“I know there will be some concerns, but this is about preparing Wellingborough for the development it is going to experience in the future and creating jobs for the next ten or 15 years.”
Several residents at the event pointed out that there was already vacant warehouse space in Wellingborough.
However, Mr Wright said the Prologis scheme was about looking beyond the immediate future.
He added: “You always want to have some vacant warehouse space, otherwise businesses that want to move to the area or want to expand will not be able to do so.
“These warehouses will also represent a shift in terms of the range of businesses which can move to Wellingborough.”
Slides used at Saturday’s exhibition can be found by following this link to the Prologis project page.
Mr Wright said Prologis is hoping to submit a planning application to Wellingborough Council in late March or early April. If planning permission is granted then the firm is hoping to begin construction work on the site’s infrastructure, including a new roundabout in Sywell Road, in the middle of 2014.