The creation of hundreds of jobs and a new health campus in Brackley came one step closer last week when South Northamptonshire Council approved the Network 401 development.
The approval – given during a meeting last Thursday – was for a full planning application for a Sainsbury’s food store (with a 4,347 square metre sales floor) and petrol station which could bring around 330 jobs to the town.
Developer Albion Land has agreed a number of contributions to public infrastructure which will need to be secured by a legal agreement and then construction can begin.
As part of the same hybrid planning application, outline approval was given for proposals on the rest of the development site, which includes a 60-bed nursing care home (including the relocation of the Brackley Cottage Hospital’s 12 beds); a new primary care centre facility including a new pharmacy and a hotel with around 70 beds and a restaurant and bar. The health campus and hotel will provide a further 115 jobs.
In addition, outline approval for a 13,973 square metre general industry and distribution building, with office space, was also granted and could create more than 700 jobs.
A separate application for the layout of the roads within the development, car parking, drainage, landscaping, and alterations to Northampton Road and Turweston Road was also approved by the committee. This application was considered separately to enable the infrastructure works to commence at an early stage and to facilitate the remainder of the outline elements of the proposal to proceed when appropriate. Councillor Stephen Clarke, chairman of the development control committee which approved the application, said: “I am very pleased this decision moves forward the commitment South Northamptonshire Council made in the Brackley Masterplan to create employment opportunities and to secure land for the long awaited health centre facility.
“It sits alongside the decision to permit new housing to the north of Brackley at Radstone Fields and shows the town has a bright future.”
Councillor Peter Rawlinson, the council’s deputy chairman and Mayor of Brackley, said: “This is a great step forward for Brackley and will provide more facilities for those in Brackley and the surrounding villages. This will provide many jobs, improved healthcare and more retail choice and I am very glad this exciting project is moving forward.”
Councillor Rebecca Breese, the council’s portfolio holder for planning and environment, said: “Sainsbury’s wanting to open a store in Brackley indicates what a positive view major retailers have of our market town.
“We look forward to their ongoing contribution to the town and adding to the diversity of our shopping experience.”
The development of the site follows the approval of 1,000 homes at Radstone Fields earlier this year, also part of the Brackley Masterplan.
The site will include £16 million worth of community benefit contributions, including £1.2 million for improvements to Brackley town centre and Buckingham Road Industrial Estate, as well as contributions for education, leisure facilities and allotments, a primary school and community centre.
Construction work could start at the end of the year.
To find out more about Network 401, visit http://snc.planning-register.co.uk/plandisp.aspx?recno=68546