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A decision over whether to grant planning permission for a new employment park in Wellingborough which would create 2,500 jobs is expected to be made on Wednesday, July 31.

Wellingborough Council’s planning committee will consider the proposed new Appleby Lodge employment park in Sywell Road at the meeting.

Industrial real estate developer Prologis wants to build a £150m hub for business, with a series of employment, logistics and distribution buildings. The development could create at least 2,500 jobs over the next 10 to 15 years.

The application has been recommended for approval by council officers.

However, the council has received 100 letters of objection from local residents and some parish councils.

Mears Ahsby Parish Council urged the planning committee to reject the application, citing concerns over increased traffic and the scale of the development.

Isham Parish Council is also against the proposed development. Its members raised concerns over the increased amount of traffic on the A5009, and insist this development should not go ahead until a bypass has been installed around their village.

Speaking to the Telegraph in May, James Wright, vice president market officer at Prologis, said: “The creation of a new employment park at Appleby Lodge is a good news story for Wellingborough that would bring new investment and jobs and help deliver the growth needed to accompany the planned new homes in the town.”

The planning committee meeting is open to the public to attend. Anyone who wants to have their say on the application and address the committee should register their intention with the council by midday on Wednesday by calling 01933 231519.