Plans go in for new Asda store in Raunds

Plans for phase two of the development of Warth Park in Raunds
Plans for phase two of the development of Warth Park in Raunds

Plans for a new foodstore to be built on the outskirts of Raunds have been submitted.

The proposals are for a new Asda store to be built at Warth Park just off the A45 at Raunds.

It is part of phase two of the development of the business park, which could also see a KFC restaurant open nearby.

The plans went on show to the public last year and a full planning application for the Asda store has now been submitted for consideration by East Northants Council.

Documents submitted as part of the application state: “The scheme represents a highly sustainable form of development by providing a suitable, local scale foodstore to improve the economic self-reliance of Raunds, creating local jobs, increasing retail choice and competition and contributing to the delivery of a high standard of development through Warth Park.”

If approved, the plans by Roxhill Developments Ltd would see an Asda store with a petrol filling station with eight filling positions, customer car park and service yard built.

The main access to the site would be taken from Warth Park Way.

The developers say the proposals will lead to jobs for the local area both in the construction stage as well as on completion of the development.

The plans state: “The contribution of the proposed development to employment creation will be significant.”

A total of 191 people attended last year’s public exhibition, with 101 people filling in feedback forms.

The results showed 80 per cent of respondents thought it would be useful to have a foodstore at Warth Park, with several saying it would reduce the need to travel out of town to places including Rushden and Kettering for their main shopping needs.

And 72 per cent of respondents said it would be useful to have a petrol station there, although some concerns were raised about the impact on the BP garage nearby.

To see the plans in full, search for 15/02095/FUL on the planning section of www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk.