Residents’ delight after kitchens company shelves plans for two million sq ft warehouse near Northampton

An overhead plan of the proposed Howdens depot.
An overhead plan of the proposed Howdens depot.

Howden Joinery Group PLC has withdrawn its planning application for a huge warehouse near junction 15 of the M1.

It comes ahead of a scheduled protest march by residents of Collingtree, Milton Malsor, Blisworth and Roade this weekend against the predicted increase in congestion and harm caused to the landscape.

Howden’s plans would have seen the site become its national distribution centre (NDC) but the level of opposition appears to have forced an about face.

A spokeswoman for Howdens said: “The decision for the withdrawal has been based on a number of factors, including that the application is very likely to be recommended for refusal.

“In light of this decision, Howdens will continue to operate from its existing NDC site on Brackmills Industrial Estate, Northampton, where the group has extended its lease, to 2025.” 

As a result, the company has also agreed to lease a new warehouse to be built near Raund, which already has outline planning permission. 

As part of its longer-term needs, it intends to pursue the redevelopment of the Brakmills site, subject to agreement with the landlord.

Milton Parish Councillor Judy Revell said: “We are very pleased with the news, we’re delighted.

“We wish Howdens all the best in their development plans.”

Councillor Revell said the planned march on Sunday would still go ahead because organisers wanted as many people as possible there to appreciate the size of the site, which could conceivably be the subject of another planning application from another firm in future.

The event begins at 10.15am. For more information call Charlie on 07778 001780.