Jobs boost as new Wickes store for Corby approved

Wickes has been given approval for a new store in Corby
Wickes has been given approval for a new store in Corby

Plans for a Wickes store in Corby which will create up to 40 jobs have been approved.

The new store, which was approved by Corby Council’s development control committee on Tuesday night, will be built on currently undeveloped land to the north of Courier Road, near Pheonix Parkway, in Corby.

The site was previously occupied by British Steel between about 1938 and 1982.

But following the clearance of the site, it has remained undeveloped despite two planning applications being considered for the area.

Documents submitted as part of the planning application by Wickes, which is part of the Travis Perkins Group, stated: “The store is aimed at trades people and DIY enthusiasts.

“Products include building materials, timber, joinery and sheet metal, decorating, plumbing and other associated goods.

“Such stores are commonly located in industrial areas given the attraction of linked trips to other trade outlets and ready vehicular access for bulky goods collection.

“The building will also accommodate a Wickes’ showroom, now focused solely on kitchens and bathrooms and supported by an installation service.

“The application has been revised to only allow for bulky goods ranges.

“The unit cannot be used as a shop with a broad range of goods more suited to a town centre or edge of centre location.”

The new store will create up to 40 jobs, and be open from 7am to 9pm every day including Sundays and Bank Holidays.

It will have 75 parking spaces, as well as pedestrian connections with the retail park to the south of it.

The documents considered by councillors this week also stated: “A parallel benefit from the proposal is that the site has not seen any form of development that has economically contributed to the borough since 1980.

“The proposal therefore, while a retail use, will be restricted to bulky goods only and will make a positive contribution to the local economy by investing in Manton Park and creating local jobs.

“The development also has the potential to act as a catalyst for the delivery and development of the wider Manton Park site, of which 8.7 hectares of land will remain after the Wickes development.”

Leader of Corby Council Cllr Tom Beattie said: “This is great news for the borough.

“The store is estimated to create up to 40 jobs while regenerating an area of Corby that has been undeveloped for many years.

“We look forward to seeing Wickes start on site and hope that this will be the catalyst for further industrial development on the site.”

The home improvement retailer, which has more than 200 stores throughout the country, focuses on supplies and materials for homeowners and the building trade.

The nearest Wickes stores to Corby are in Kettering, Rushden and Northampton.