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Villagers bid to fight Carlsberg’s distribution centre plans on the edge of Northampton industrial estate

Development objections: Great Houghton villagers Simon Drew and Gavin Kilborn hand in a 350-name petition at the Guildhall against Carlsbergs distribution unit plans.

Development objections: Great Houghton villagers Simon Drew and Gavin Kilborn hand in a 350-name petition at the Guildhall against Carlsbergs distribution unit plans.

Plans to build a Carlsberg distribution centre on the edge of Brackmills industrial estate have sparked an outcry from residents who say it will destroy their quiet village.

The lager giants lodged a plan to create a 60,000 sq metre distribution unit and warehouse, complete with car parking and an access road, on land south of Bedford Road, in January.

But the residents of Great Houghton, situated on the A428, claimed it would effectively extend Brackmills industrial estate to within metres of the village boundary, creating noise, air and light pollution, and making the roads around are more dangerous.

This week a 350-name petition was handed in to Northampton Borough Council, complete with 99 letters of objections from local residents.

Simon Drew, who lives in The Green, in the village, said: “If this abomination is allowed it will bring the industrial estate right to the boundary of our village.

“There will be a 24/7 operation involving 175 lorries handling thousands of kegs, bottles and cans right alongside our local school and church, where peace and quiet, essential for both study and worship, will be totally destroyed.”

The residents want Carlsberg to go back to the drawing board with the plans and conduct more research into taking over space already within the compounds of the Brackmills estate.

“We are happy to work with local industry,” dad-of-one Mr Drew said: “But we don’t want it right on our doorstep.”

 

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