Vacant land in Northampton earmarked for commercial development that could create 450 new jobs

Land off Saxon Avenue, Grange Park, Northampton is set to be developed
Land off Saxon Avenue, Grange Park, Northampton is set to be developed

A planning application for a large commercial development in Northampton, which could create 450 new jobs, has been approved by South Northamptonshire Council (SNC).

A proposal has been put forward by Goodman Real Estate Ltd to provide two large storage and distribution facilities with ancillary offices on 465,000 square feet of land off Saxon Avenue in Grange Park.

The land, known as Zone C, has stood vacant for more than 17 years since its first allocation for development in 1998.

Planning permission could be formally issued in the next few weeks, subject to confirmation of no objection from the Environment Agency, Anglian Water and Northamptonshire County Council Archaeology.

The applicants then anticipate development would commence this year and ultimately create 450 new jobs for the local area.

Councillor Rebecca Breese, SNC’s portfolio holder for planning and environment, said: “Good living standards and housing growth are attracting people to the area in large numbers. It is therefore important we complete the circle by providing opportunities for employment growth.

“SNC identified the potential of this site as a good place for a business to make its home, and we are glad a developer is willing to back that vision with plans that could be a significant boost for the local economy and local jobs.”