Network 401 plan will bring £550k into Brackley

Site for planned development near Brackley ENGPNL00120110812142723
Site for planned development near Brackley ENGPNL00120110812142723

Developers will contribute £550,000 to Brackley town as part of a major new development.

Network 401, which comprises a Sainsbury’s food store, primary care centre, care home, hotel and employment space, was approved by South Northants Council last October.

Final planning permission has now been given to developers Albion Land and work is likely to begin at the site, to the east of Northampton Road, in the autumn.

The agreement includes a condition to contribute £350,000 towards Brackley Town Fund and town centre management as well as £200,000 for public transport, off-site highway improvements and other infrastructure works.

Mayor of Brackley Councillor Peter Rawlinson, who is also vice-chairman of SNC, said: “I am delighted that the planning permissions for this major development have been issued.

“The development will significantly improve Brackley, providing additional facilities for the residents and many employment opportunities.”

Infrastructure works will take around nine months to complete before work on the Sainsbury’s new premises begins in the new year.

The development includes a 7,309sq m Sainsbury’s food store and petrol station along with the long-awaited replacment for Brackley’s Cottage Hospital.

This ‘health campus’ will incorporate a new 60-bed care home (which includes the relocation of the cottage hospital’s 12 beds), and a new primary care centre to accommodate doctors, dentists and a pharmacy.

There will be a restaurant and bar as well as a new 70-bed hotel.

More employment space will be created in a 13,973 sq m general industry and distribution building, with office space.

It is thought the entire development will create around 1,000 new jobs for the area, across a range of sectors and levels.

Speaking at the time the decision was made to approve the application, Councillor Stephen Clarke, chairman of the development control committee, said: “I am very pleased this decision moves forward the commitment South Northamptonshire Council made in the Brackley Masterplan to create
employment opportunities and to secure the land for the long awaited health centre facility.

“It sits alongside the decision to permit new housing to the north of Brackley at Radstone Fields and shows the town has a bright future.”