Network 401 plan to bring £550k to town

Matthew Nicholson - Regional town planning manager for Sainsburys talks to local resident Linda Downer about the plan in Brackley.
Matthew Nicholson - Regional town planning manager for Sainsburys talks to local resident Linda Downer about the plan in Brackley.

Developers will contribute £550,000 to Brackley town as part of a major new development.

Final planning permission was granted last Wednesday for Network 401, which comprises a Sainsbury’s food store, primary care centre, care home, hotel and employment space.

The application from developer Albion Land had received outline planning consent from South Northamptonshire Council (SNC)in October.

Work is likely to begin at the site, to the east of Northampton Road in the autumn.

The agreement includes a condition to contribute £350,000 towards Brackley Town Fund and town centre management as well as £200,000 for public transport, off-site highway improvements and other infrastructure works.

Mayor of Brackley, councillor Peter Rawlinson, who is also vice-chairman of SNC, said: “I am delighted that the planning permissions for this major development have been issued.

“The development will significantly improve Brackley, providing additional facilities for the residents and many employment opportunities.

“I would like to express my thanks to all the officers involved for working tirelessly to get this done.”

Infrastructure works will take about nine months to complete before work on the new Sainsbury’s premises begins in the new year.

The development includes a 7,309sq m Sainsbury’s food store and petrol station along with the long-awaited replacment for Brackley’s Cottage Hospital. This ‘health campus’ will incorporate a new 60-bed care home (which includes the relocation of the cottage hospital’s 12 beds), and a new primary care centre to accommodate doctors, dentists and a pharmacy.

There will be a restaurant and bar as well as a new 70-bed hotel.

Simon Parsons, director of Albion Land, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been given full planning permission and are looking forward to starting work later this year.

“We recognise Brackley as a prominent site because of its great location on the A43 which has good links to both the M1 and M40.

“The site is generally quite buoyant in terms of commercial activity, and we felt there was a need for another food retailer in the town and we are aware of the town’s healthcare requirements with the new facilities we have proposed.”

More employment space will be created in a 13,973 sq m general industry and distribution building, with office space.

It is thought the entire development will create about 1,000 new jobs for the area, across a range of sectors and levels.

Speaking at the time the decision was made to approve the application, councillor Stephen Clarke, chairman of the development control committee, 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 the 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.”