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Joinery firm says it needs to expand in Northampton to stay in town

Major move: Joinery firm Howdens is proposing to move to a two million square foot new site off junction 15 of the M1.

Major move: Joinery firm Howdens is proposing to move to a two million square foot new site off junction 15 of the M1.

Major plans for a two million square foot warehouse near Collingtree have been launched by Brackmills joinery firm, Howdens, in a bid to safeguard 600 jobs.

In March, company bosses said they would have to consider moving the firm out of Northampton if it continued to expand.

The company is the largest supplier of kitchens in the UK, and said it was ‘keen to remain’ in the town.

But it claims its current one million square foot facility is ‘inadequate for its future requirements’, and the company has identified a site off junction 15 of the M1 for a new double-the-size national distribution centre.

However, borough councillor Phil Larratt (Con, East Hunsbury) said he had concerns of how the large development would affect the people of Collingtree.

He said: “If this was to go ahead, there needs to be significant improvement to the Collingtree junction of the A45 to make it safer for people to enter and exit the village.

“This would obviously increase the number of cars on the A45 and you take your hands into your own life on that slip road as it is.

“I think it’s important to keep the jobs in the town, but whether this is the right site I don’t know.”

The proposals, led by Roxhill Developments Ltd would also include ‘extensive improvements’ to junction 15 of the M1.

A consultation event is to be held on Wednesday, July 16, at the Hilton Hotel, Grange Park, between 2 pm and 8 pm.

The proposals can also be viewed at www.northampton-gateway.co.uk/howdens.

 

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