Brackley resident will learn more this week about exciting plans which could bring hundreds of jobs to town.
Over the last few weeks leaflets have been sent to households in Brackley with detail of the Network 401 development, a triangle of land bordered by Northampton and Turweston roads and the A43.
An exhibition of plans takes place in Brackley Town Hall from 3pm on Friday, October 26 and 10am to 2pm on Saturday, October 27.
Proposals include a primary health care centre, which partly replaces the ageing Cottage Hospital in Pebble Lane, but also brings two of the town’s GPs under one roof.
The leaflets also revealed for the first time plans for a 46,000 sqft Sainsbury foodstore and filling station, and a budget hotel. The developer is also in talks with a ‘major local employer’ which may take on a production and distribution unit.
Neil Jacobs, a member of Brackley Means Business and a financial advisor based in the town centre, said it was big news for Brackley and welcomed the extra trade it would generate and the competition for existing businesses.
Mr Jacobs said: “It is great news, especially given plans for a similar development, with a filling station and hotel on the bypass was turned down recently.”
Mr Jacobs said although there seemed to be little competition with independent businesses, the 26,000 sqft Tesco in Oxford Road could be affected most.
He added: “It brings jobs, competition, more choice, and it will bring other people into the town.
“People from outside using the new development may decide to stay to have a drink, or a meal or might decided to stay overnight. People will still want their local beef from Brackley Butchers, and the hardware store in Manor Road was competing with Gibbs and Dandy before they left. The only business which might be affected is Tesco, which can only be good for shoppers.”
The leaflets, and a public exhibition later this month, also set out for the first time the precise location of the primary care centre, which will bring Brackley Health Centre and the Washington House Surgery under one roof with additional facilities including a 60-bed care home.
Brackley mayor Chris Cartmell also welcomed the extra competition and the increased potential for town centre trade. He added: “It’s also wonderful news for those on the Cottage Hospital Trust and Core Development Group who have been fighting hard to replace the cottage hospital for at least 20 years.”
Kelvin Pearce, a director at developers Albion Land said: ‘We believe that we have prepared an attractive development that will have many benefits for Brackley – providing additional shopping choice for the town centre, close to the new residential expansion area of Radstone Fields.”
A full planning application will be submitted in November, with a decision by spring, allowing potential construction to start late 2013 or early 2014.