Council writes to Travis Perkins with concerns over planned new depot that would create 300 jobs

Travis Perkins' proposed site at Milton Ham, near West Hunsbury and junction 15a of the M1
Travis Perkins' proposed site at Milton Ham, near West Hunsbury and junction 15a of the M1
  • Land is off junction 15a and near Ladybridge Park
  • Previous, smaller, application from different firm was rejected in 2002
  • The previous application attracted more than 750 complaints
  • Residents concerned about extra HGV traffic

Concerns have been raised about new plans to build a distribution depot on the edge of Northampton.

Travis Perkins plc is building the Wickes depot on land called Milton Ham, just off junction 15a.

This is a far larger warehouse structure than the one previously rejected as unsuitable

West Hunsbury Parish Council

It represents a revival of plans by a different firm - featuring two warehouses on the same site - that were rejected in 2002 after attracting written complaints from more than 750 people.

Travis Perkins is consulting with West Hunsbury Parish Council before entering an official planning application and proposes a building and car park much bigger than the previously proposed warehouses combined, creating about 300 jobs.

A letter to the company from the parish council said: “There was some surprise and disappointment expressed that the drawings indicated that Travis Perkins appear to be considering making a planning application to build a far larger warehouse structure than that rejected as unsuitable by the Planning Inspector and which would extend into a green space area.”

The parish council said it was disappointed and claimed that the Travis Perkins representatives were “confrontational” and “ill-informed” at the consultation meeting.

West Hunsbury resident Fred Dickens said that, although he regarded Travis Perkins as a good local company which wants to work with residents, he worried about the impact of extra HGVs on the site.

He said: “They have done a very professional job with the plans, but of course they cannot mention the pollution, slow-moving lorries would make or that 24/7 usage means that bleepers in the night cannot be avoided.”

He added: “When I asked if they had studied the original Inspectors report [which raised similar points] the said ‘that was a long time ago and things are different now’.

“So what is different? The site is the same. The residential area is the same and many of the residents are the same.”

A Travis Perkins plc spokesperson said: “We received a letter from West Hunsbury Parish Council yesterday in relation to our consultation process and will be responding this week.

“We are looking to address issues raised by residents and further details on the Milton Ham site will be released in due course.”