Any hopes of reopening Northampton’s cattle market have been dashed after plans to build warehouses on the site were approved.
The market in Liliput Road, Brackmills closed in 2002 following the national foot-and-mouth outbreak and the buildings on the site were subsequently demolished.
Immediately after the market closed, a group of about 400 farmers campaigned to reopen the facility.
But on Tuesday night, Northampton Borough Council’s planning committee approved plans to build warehouses on the land.
The development will see a new national headquarters built for transport firm, Dachser, which already has a base in Brackmills.
Welcoming the plans, Councillor David Palethorpe (Lab, Billing) said: “This is a big result. It’s a major international company that wants to make its headquarters in Northampton and that’s what we want for the town.
“I think this is a really good scheme.”
He was backed by Councillor Matt Golby (Con, New Duston) who added: “We should welcome this scheme in Northampton, it’s a big investment from a national company.”
The scheme had been opposed by Great Houghton Parish Council because of fears about noise, but the borough council’s planning committee gave it their backing.