Supermarket and health plans for Brackley overcoming delays

Network 401 Development, Brackley
Network 401 Development, Brackley

A developer has said it is continuing to ‘push hard’ despite a delay to plans that would create hundreds of new jobs and see the construction of the long-awaited replacement to the Brackley Cottage Hospital.

It had been hoped more detailed plans for the Network 401 development would have gone before South Northants Council’s planning committee in the spring.

But Kelvin Pearce, director of developer Albion Land, said it was a complex scheme with various elements at different stages in the planning process.

He said: “The local authority is very supportive, but it is not just SNC we have to work with – there‘s the Highways Agency and the Environment Agency.

“It’s a tedious process that can go on and on.

“But I do believe we are beginning to shake a few of these issues out and at the moment we are pushing hard to get it before the committee in September.”

Mr Pearce said he still could not reveal the identity of the business he is negotiating with to take on a large production warehousing unit.

Together with a Sainsbury’s supermarket and a hotel, Network 401 represents a £35 million investment and is expected to create up to 1,000 jobs.

It will also be the site of a new health campus which will house outpatient facilities and the relocation of Brackley Health Centre and Washington House Surgery into a new combined primary care centre.

Additional health facilities will include pharmacy and community services and a new a 60-bed nursing care home incorporating 12 intermediate care bed facilities currently provided by Cottage Hospital.