Decision on plans to extend Raunds business park set to be made tomorrow

The current view
The current view

Campaigners are hoping their voices will be heard as councillors consider plans to extend a business park.

Roxhill Developments wants to extend Warth Park in Raunds with plans to develop two distribution buildings containing warehousing space with ancillary office, office and research and development space as well as vehicular access.

Campaigners fear that this will be the new view if the plans are given the go-ahead

Campaigners fear that this will be the new view if the plans are given the go-ahead

The application will be considered by East Northants Council’s planning management committee at a meeting tomorrow (Wednesday) night.

A large turn-out is expected to hear the committee’s deliberations and anyone wanting to attend the meeting has been asked to register beforehand.

One of those opposed to the plans contacted the Northants Telegraph to share her views on the plans.

She said: “On March 29 while the headlines will be about the triggering of Brexit, the residents of Raunds and Stanwick will be awaiting the outcome of the 7pm planning management meeting at East Northants District Council to see if the controversial expansion of Warth Park will be approved or thrown out.

“Since the planning application went in in November 2016, the Warth Park Opposition Group and a huge number of the residents of Stanwick and Raunds have been working together as a community studying the application and researching the area to see what we will lose.

“We have also been very active in making our views known not only in the number of objections recorded on the planning site but as previously reported this has included a walk down Meadow Lane which was attended by 100-plus residents, a 500-plus petition presented to Parliament by Tom Pursglove MP and a meeting where 97 per cent of the attending residents voted against the plan.

“Both Raunds Town Council and Stanwick Parish Councils have registered their objections to allowing this to go ahead as has Tom Pursglove MP.”

Their concerns include increased traffic and noise pollution, destroying the views regularly enjoyed by walkers, and changing Raunds from ‘a small country town to an urban industrial estate with a town attached.’

Officers have recommended that the plans are approved subject to the completion of a section 106 agreement in respect of developer contributions and external works.

But the campaigner added: “We are all hoping that our elected councillors will accept the will of the majority and throw this application out.”

The meeting is taking place at 7pm tomorrow (Wednesday) in the council chamber at the East Northants Council offices in Cedar Drive, Thrapston.