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Northamptonshire business park approved

Words: Laura Edgar
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South Northamptonshire Council has granted outline planning permission for an employment park on land to the east of Tiffield Road and to the north-west of the A43 at Towcester.

The plans were submitted by IM Properties.

Outline permission has been granted for uses including B1a, B1b, B1c, B2 and/or B8 uses. Full planning permission has been approved for a new roundabout access from the A43, internal spine road, a substation, lighting infrastructure, engineering operations including foul pumping station, earthworks, pedestrian and cycle infrastructure, and strategic landscaping such as drainage infrastructure.

The approval was granted in line with a recommendation from the planning officer, subject to a revised sustainability statement, landscaping scheme, lighting statement and framework travel plan. Further clarity is also sought on how 30 per cent of the developable site could be brought forward for B2 use.

The planning officer’s report states: “In the context of the presumption in favour of sustainable development set out within the NPPF, it is considered that the proposal would result in sustainable development and for these reasons the application is recommended for approval, subject to the caveats and conditions set out in the recommendation.”

The developer will have to pay a community infrastructure levy contribution, as set out in the South Northamptonshire Council charging schedule.

The planning officer’s report can be read here (pdf).

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