Thousands of jobs could be created at new business park

The land of the proposed new business park
The land of the proposed new business park

Up to 7,000 jobs could be created at a new business park just outside Burton Latimer, according to a new planning application.

Developers Roxhill have submitted plans for the 119-acre park on land at junction 10 of the A14.

They say 3,000 new full-time jobs will be created, with a possiblity of another 700 if the project enters a secondary phase.

There would be a further 1,000 and 1,800 multiplier effect jobs in the local and regional economy respectively, as well as about 100 construction jobs a year for the next decade.

Paul Southworth, Chair of Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership said: “Securing 3,000 jobs is a good news story in anyone’s language, and I welcome this application for an exciting scheme that offers a major opportunity for inward investment into Northamptonshire.”

Accessed off an improved A6 and close to the Latimer Park Industrial Estate – home of Morrison’s and Weetabix – the outline application identifies a development of 109,000 sq m with buildings including industrial units, small-scale distribution units as well as hotel and leisure facilities.

Roxhill say other benefits include privately funded improvements which would double the capacity of the A14 at junction 10 and making major improvements to the A6.

Company director Kate Bedson said: “The scheme fully meets the planning needs for Kettering and north Northamptonshire and

compliments the Kettering East scheme, providing jobs for the consented 5,500 new homes and so reducing out-commuting.

“We know there is demand in the market and the Business Park so will bring in much needed inward investment and deliver the desired high quality jobs and provide a much needed new business park development for Kettering.

“The scheme is a jobs-led and infrastructure-led development and as a highly sustainable development we would expect keen interest in the low carbon flagship HQ sites from national-level companies.

“The national economy is now coming out of recession, and this is a proof of that and of the private sector’s confidence in Kettering.”