PROPOSALS for a major development in Brackley which would create 1,100 new jobs alongside a new supermarket, healthcare centre and production warehouse have gone on display.
On Friday and Saturday an exhibition was held in Brackley Town Hall outlining Albion Land Ltd’s plans for Northampton Road .
Members of the public were invited to give feedback on the plans which include the first Sainsbury’s store in south Northamptonshire, a petrol station and budget hotel.
The site would also include a new primary care centre, the relocation of Brackley Cottage Hospital and a production and distribution building.
Peter Frampton of planning consultants Framptons in Banbury said: “Brackley is a market town which serves its community and the surrounding rural areas but needs to have more facilities to attract people to shop and visit Brackley.
“Putting Sainsbury’s here will do that. At the moment people go to Northampton or Banbury to do food shopping.”
Sainsbury’s would offer a 46,414 square feet retail area and provide 330 new jobs while the production warehouse would create 700 new jobs, although a company has yet to be confirmed.
Other jobs would be made up at the remaining sites. The exhibition attracted dozens of people to view the plans, including Linda Downer of Evenley who said: “I did have slight concerns about what would fill the warehouse but other than that I think this is brilliant.
“We don’t want the market town of Brackley spoilt but the town is lacking a shop like this so it might keep people here a bit longer.”
Matthew Nicholson, regional town planning manager for Sainsbury’s said: “It would be really exciting to come here.”
As Brackley mayor 22 years ago George Britchfield helped set up the group pushing for a replacement to the Cottage Hospital and is the current chairman. He said: “It is another step towards seeing our hopes come to fruition.
“It is real, and it is something we have been enthusiastically working towards.
“And the need for it as the town gets bigger only increases. We’ve almost completed pre-planning consultation – the next step is submitting the planning application. Personally, I would like to think there could be ground broken in Spring next year.”