Northampton distribution centre plans recommended for approval

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Plans from Travis Perkins for a distribution centre in Northampton have been recommended for approval.

Two separate storage and distribution buildings would be built at Milton Ham Farm which previously held a combination of farm buildings that have been demolished. The remainder of the site is land that has previously been farmed and is currently undeveloped.

One of the proposed buildings would contain one unit, and the other would be subdivided into two separate units. Unit 1 would have a footprint of 208m by 95.28m, whilst Units 2 and 3 would have a combined footprint of 152.3m by 58.93m.

The development would contain three car parks, with 320 car parking spaces and 47 lorry parking spaces.

A number of applications for the development of the site have been submitted but none have come into fruition, the most recent being plans for a single warehouse. This was refused permission by the Council because it would have had an adverse impact on the landscape.

A council document released ahead of the final decision on the development states: “The proposed development would represent a suitable use of this site and is of a suitable design. In addition, the proposed development would contribute towards employment provision within Northampton and have no significant adverse impact upon the amenities of nearby residential properties and adjacent open space.”