Hundreds of jobs on way for town

The site of the proposed development.
The site of the proposed development.
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Plans for a new storage and distribution centre in Daventry were delegated for approval by officers at a meeting last night (Wednesday).

The 27,662 sq m (297,966 sq ft) warehouse would be located on the site of the disused Ford Sports and Social Club on the Royal Oak Way North, just a mile from the town centre. Its construction could see the creation of up to 760 new jobs.

The land, which has remained unused since the club closed three years ago was purchased from Ford by Gazely UK Ltd in 2012 after the company acquired outline planning permission.

As well as a large 16-metre tall warehouse, the proposed development would include addition offices and parking space for 230 cars, 120 heavy goods vehicles and 64 bikes.

The proposal includes plans to mitigate the visual impact from the west, which is a special landscape area.

Council officers recommended the application for approval. The report from planning officer Richard Lambert states: “The site is located in a sustainable location, with good transport connections.

“It is not considered that the development will have an unduly adverse impact on the character of the locality, the amenities of the residents nor on highway safety. The site is presently derelict.

Because the development would see the loss of sports facilities, draft proposals would developers making contributions towards replacement sports facilities and playground equipment as well as CCTV, a new bus stop and enhanced walking and cycle links along Royal Oak Way.

Ford will also be looking to develop land along Leamington Way.

For more updates on the planning application, visit www.daventryexpress.co.uk/.