Northampton

Corby out-of-town Tesco plans approved by council

Plans for a new Tesco superstore in a Northamptonshire town have been approved by councillors.

The new store on the St James industrial estate in Corby, which will measure 11,070 sq m (119,156 sq ft), will create some 224 full time jobs.

There were objections to the development by town centre landlord Land Securities, which is backing a bid for a Sainsbury's supermarket in Corby.

About a dozen independent town centre businesses also objected.

They said the new store, situated about 1km from the town centre on the site of former steelworks slag heaps, would have a negative impact on trade.

One objector drew attention to the fact that Corby Borough Council owns the land and said the council should not manage the planning application.

Letters of support were received which said the former industrial site on contaminated land should be redeveloped.

Planning officials said in their report that a retail development was the only realistic proposal to bring the site into beneficial use.

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