Plans to expand a Northamptonshire retail park to be considered by council

Plans to extend a retail park in a Northamptonshire town are due to be considered by the council.

The application for the second phase of Warth Park in Raunds includes a gym, restaurant, hotel, pub, business units and parking area on the site.

The first phase of the development, which includes factories, has already been built on the site.

Should the plans go ahead the developers estimate it could create around 1,500 jobs.

Developers Roxhill Warth LTD and Robert Howe, who are represented by agent David Shaw, said the plans would be good for the town.

The developers say the scheme which is on the outskirts of the town will bring more economic activity to the town centre.

The application reads: "Potential harm to Raunds town centre has been considered... the impact of the proposed development would be minimal and the added economic activity could bring more activity to Raunds, some of which may benefit the town centre."

The scheme has not been opposed by Raunds town council.

However those who have opposed the scheme have done so on the grounds of the visual impact of the proposal, the noise it would create, the impact it would have on the countryside as well as the impact on the town centre.

The proprietors of the Woodpecker Inn pub in Raunds said the application would be "devastating" for the town.

Eileen Macaulay wrote to the council ahead of the development control committee meeting this evening.

She said:"My partner and I have recently purchased and refurbished a vacant property which has stood in the town for a century. We have put our life savings into a business which will serve all areas of a community and offer employment locally.

"The damage that could be inflicted to our and other local businesses, by approving these plans, will have a devastating effect on Raunds town."

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