Developers respond to Brookfield recovery park fears

There have been protests in Corby against the planned waste recovery plant
There have been protests in Corby against the planned waste recovery plant

Developers behind plans for a waste recovery park on the outskirts of Corby have put forward a raft of new ideas to address concerns raised by residents.

Gretton Brook Estates, which is seeking planning permission for the scheme, has submitted its response to objections to the plan, raised during a consultation process earlier this year.

Included in its report to Corby Council are serveral new recommendations which the company says it is willing to consider in response to public concern over the park planned for a site off Gretton Brook Road.

They include a lorry watch scheme to tackle the problem of HGVs using inappropriate rural routes and the extension of cycling and pedestrian facilities and highway improvements further east along Gretton Brook Road.

The developers have also suggested bringing forward phase one of a proposed community woodland, a woodland community group, the incorporation of Brookfield Plantation into Corby Woodland Project and support of vehicle weight restrictions in Gretton.

Corby councillor Rob McKellar, who is leading the campaign against the resource recovery park, said: “The developers can put as much corporate gloss on their proposals as they like, but nobody is seriously going to believe that bulldozing more than 100 acres of woodland and shipping waste into Corby from miles around is the environmentally friendly measure the developer claims it is.”

Members of the public have until August 23 to submit comments to Corby Council on Gretton Brook Estates’ response to objections and to new information the company has provided.

If planning permission is granted, the resource park would see companies using energy produced on site from waste.

Developers say the park will create around 800 jobs during its 10-year construction period, with as many as 3,000 jobs once complete.

Hundreds of letters of objection were submitted to the borough council along with a petition against the plan signed by 1,000 people.

Concerns were raised over the threat to wildlife, potential traffic problems, noise and smells from the site.

In its report to the council, Gretton Brook Estates says the scheme will provide social, environmental and economic benefits to the local area and many of the objections raised have already been dealt with.

Some, including a suggestion HGVs would carry toxic waste through Corby and nearby villages and that there would be 9,000 lorry movements a week, were incorrect.