Plans for a resource recovery park at Corby, which could create 3,000 jobs, have taken a step closer to becoming a reality.
Gretton Brook Estates Ltd has submitted an outline planning application for the park, planned for Gretton Brook Road, to Corby Council.
If approved, Brookfield Plantation Resource Recovery Park would bring together businesses, industries and technologies, allowing them to utilise the resource value of waste and renewable energy to support their enterprise and contribute to a thriving green economy.
Doug Wright, managing director of Gretton Brook Estates, said: “The proposals for the creation of the Brookfield Resource Recovery Park will bring a prestigious development to Corby that will secure many skilled jobs and generate significant long-term investment.
“The plantation provides a unique location for a project that will raise the profile of Corby as a leader in the field of sustainable development. To have the opportunity to do this and to offer a strong commitment to the improvement of the environment into which the development is to be set, is something of which we are extremely proud. “
Mr Wright said that with its existing permissions for recycling and renewable energy generation, its size and setting, Brookfield Plantation is the ideal location to bring substantial investment to Corby.
It is expected that the 10-year project will result in more than £100m of investment and will create 800 jobs during its construction phase, and around 3,000 once it is in operation.
Similar developments have begun in other parts of the UK, but this proposal is believed to be the first of its kind in Northamptonshire.
The project has already generated considerable interest from investors, prospective tenants and contractors and Gretton Brook Estates Limited is confident that the project, if granted permission, will be a success.
The scheme will include the development of 28 hectares of community woodland, a network of rides and pathways and will connect to the existing public right of way. There will also be a range of visitor facilities including a car park, footpaths and benches.