Chamber welcomes decision to refuse homes plan

Jackson Lane car park in Wellingborough
Jackson Lane car park in Wellingborough

The Wellingborough Chamber of Commerce has welcomed a decision by the borough’s council to refuse plans to build 133 homes on a town centre car park.

Wellingborough Council’s planning committee turned down the application by Keepmoat Homes 133 houses, 408sqm of retail space and a three-level, 200-space public car park to be built on Jacksons Lane car park, off High Street.

Chamber president Alan Piggot said: “We welcome this decision by councillors, who have over turned the officer’s recommendation, as originally we objected to the application on the grounds that it would not benefit the town centre.

“The chamber believes that the site should have a greater variety of uses which can generate more jobs and support the overall vitality of the town centre. There is also a huge question over the amount of car parking that will be lost in this location which will impact on the ability of local residents in accessing the town centre.”