‘We are ready and waiting’ villagers warn potential developers site outside Northampton

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

A campaign group has told any firm thinking of replacing Howden’s scrapped warehouse plans outside Northampton it will fight just as hard against them.

Howden’s plans would have seen the site off junction 15 of the M1 become its two million sq ft national distribution centre (NDC), but the level of opposition saw it announce on Thursday it would withdraw.

Leading campaigner Rod Sellers, a Collingtree villager, said: “Anything of that scale that will affect the air quality so massively will be opposed, no matter who has plans for that site.

“Whovever wants to step into the breach, we are ready and waiting for them.”

The comments come 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.

Howdens said on Thursday that 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.

The firm 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 Raunds, which already has outline planning permission. 

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

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