Plans could create 1,200 jobs for Daventry

PLANS for a new industrial unit in Daventry that could provide more than 1,000 new jobs have been submitted.

Ford has applied to the West Northamptonshire Development Corporation (WNDC) for outline permission to build on land to the north of its Royal Oak Way site in Daventry.

This new proposal is in addition to an application earlier this year for land south of Ford which would provide 1,450 equivalent full time jobs.

The land for this new application was formerly the site of the company’s sport and social club which was shut down last year to make way for redevelopment.

The company said it wants to build a single 23,000 sq metre unit for general industrial of distribution. Access to the new unit would be off Royal Oak Way North.

A unit of that scale could provide up to 1,200 new jobs in the town.

Chris Millar, leader of Daventry District Council, said: “This is another positive piece of news for Daventry and the district.

“As a council we support good plans to bring employment into the area.

“Anything like this which bring new jobs into the area has to be good for the current community.”

The council’s idea to regenerate Daventry’s town centre relies heavily on bringing new people into the town, both to live and to work, to provide the customers and spending power the new businesses would need before considering opening here.

In the past is has emerged that national retail chains inlcuding Carphone Warehouse and Maplins have decided against moving into Daventry because the population in its catchment area is not large enough.

Both Ford applications will be decided on later in the year by the WNDC Daventry planning committee.

And there’s more good jobs news for the district – on Monday the new Tesco distribution unit at DIRFT near Crick will be handed over to the firm.

The unit, which has it’s own rail link, will bring around 1,000 jobs to the district from Tesco’s former unit in Milton Keynes.