Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Major logistics site gets go-ahead

Plans to develop land at Cowthick Plantation, Stamford Road, Stanion for employment use have been approved by Corby Borough Council despite receiving numerous objections.

The proposals for the site, which is currently agricultural arable farm land and part woodland, involve the development of up to 404,100 sq m (approximately 4.35 million sq ft) of warehousing and ancillary buildings, with additional floor space provided in the form of mezzanines.

The applicants, Greatline Developments and Mulberry Developments, note that the development could accommodate approximately 7,112 employees.

A council document released ahead of the decision said: “The principal that a new campus style logistics proposal makes a positive contribution to the provision of future jobs in the assistance of the Council’s Growth Agenda and employment opportunities for the wider North Northamptonshire area; and brings into efficient use a site of limited amenity value has been given great weight, in accordance with Government guidance on building a strong and competitive economy and the general requirement for Local Planning Authorities to be positive and proactive.

“This is an area who’s morphology demonstrates urban features and has been subjected to
previous uses; a site with limited amenity value. A site sufficiently large to accommodate an extensive campus style logistics proposal.

“The site offered is considered to be highly accessible and appropriate to a logistics use fulfilling locational/accessibility objectives to take advantage of Corby’s geographical advantages.

“It is considered that the loss of the openness of the site can be adequately compensated for by appropriate conditions and commuted payments.

“Officers acknowledge that the building of a logistics proposal on the subject site results in
some difficult choices, but taking all factors into consideration with this application, it is
considered that the over-riding socioeconomic benefits of providing future jobs in the magnitude offered have been demonstrated to outweigh the loss of the site and any negative aspects.”

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